Omega Labyrinth Z
The VSC Rating Board has
ruled that the video game, Omega Labyrinth Z, will not be issued a UK Certificate
This refusal is
relevant to physical product only (disc, cartridge, etc.)
Under the terms of the Video
Recordings Act (1984), the VSC Rating Board is required to consider the
likelihood of any game causing harm to the user and, subsequently, to wider
society by the way in which the game deals with and portrays images of
criminal, violent or horrific behaviour, illegal drugs and human sexual
The grounds for this decision
are as follows: -
The likely harm being caused
to a viewer or potential viewer, e.g. children or young people.
The game is
explicit in its setting within a “school” environment and the majority of the
characters are young girls - one child is referred to as being a “first year”
student and is seen holding a teddy bear. The game clearly promotes the
sexualisation of children via the sexual interaction between the game player
and the female characters.
The style of the game is such
that it will attract an audience below the age of 18.
There is a serious
danger that impressionable people, i.e. children and young people viewing the
game would conclude that the sexual activity represented normal sexual
behaviour. There is a constant theme of sexual innuendo and activity
throughout the game that suggests behaviour likely to normalise sexual activity
towards children. As a means of reward gained by successfully navigating the
game, the player has the means to sexually stimulate the female characters by
using either a hand held remote device or touch screen software.
The VSC Rating Board believes
this content in a game, which would have strong appeal to non-adult players, is
an issue which would be unacceptable to the majority of UK consumers and, more
importantly, has the potential to be significantly harmful in terms of the
social and moral development of younger people in particular.