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Omega Labyrinth Z potentially banned in the UK

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On 13/03/2018 at 2:33 PM, dermarx said:

https://twitter.com/PQubeGames/status/973554760723910657

 

So, no release in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland.

Funny enough, a Release in NA is fine... 

If you had asked me a few months ago about which countries I thought would have banned this, then the US would have been top of my list but would never in a million years of have guessed that the UK (my country) would have banned it instead and the would US let it through without issue.

 

This video shows just how ridiculous and flawed the VSC's decision is:

 

 

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Yes, same here. Didn't expect they would do this in germany...

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I really respect PQube for refusing to censor the game even though they're a UK company. I think this whole situation is pretty ridiculous tbh. We can go out and buy games with insane amounts of violence, but anime boobs are worthy of a ban apparently. :facepalm: I'll bet the content the rating board got their panties in a twist about isn't even that bad...

 

30 minutes ago, HuntingFever said:

If you had asked me a few months ago about which countries I thought would have banned this, then the US would have been top of my list but would never in a million years of have guessed that the UK (my country) would have banned it instead and the would US let it through without issue.

 

Really? Because of those listed, Australia would have been the top of my list. I don't think a game can outright be banned in the US since they are protected under the First Amendment, although they can be given an "Adults Only" rating which effectively soft bans them since PlayStation and others won't sell AO-rated games on their platform/store. They can be sold on Steam, though. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. :P

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11 hours ago, Satoshi Ookami said:

Oh man, Base already discounted it that much?

Ok, getting :awesome: 

Base are awesome when it comes to discounted physical games. :) 

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Every time a game is banned here in Australia, it just makes me interested or more interested in the title. So, good job censors. :lol:

 

I'm a bit surprised to see the UK refuse a classification for this as that usually doesn't happen. It's usually just Australia and Germany.

 

17 hours ago, Jigsy1 said:

The good news is though, unlike Australia, it's not illegal to import the game into the UK or own a copy.

 

 

Are you sure about that? I'm not overly familiar with UK law, but I did see a clause about "indecent and obscene materials" in the list of banned and restricted goods. It's defined in another document as material featuring children; material containing extreme violence; and any other pornography that cannot legally be bought in the UK. The VSC doesn't explicitly state that the game would fall foul of that restriction, but it does state that it believes that the game "clearly promotes the sexualisation of children" which could put it in violation if customs and the government wanted to make that case.

 

I'm not saying you shouldn't import it or anything, just curious. It's illegal to import refused classification (or unclassified games that would be refused classification) games here into Australia, despite them being legal to possess in most states.

 

3 hours ago, dermarx said:

Yes, same here. Didn't expect they would do this in germany...

 

Really? Isn't Germany usually really strict about content in games like Australia is?

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47 minutes ago, Crestfallen said:

Really? Isn't Germany usually really strict about content in games like Australia is?

 

Yeah, but more because it is "brutal" like for example Dying Light or one of the old Duke Nukem or Quake 3 Arena on PC, if someone remebers this.

So, they are more triggered because it is too brutal, not too sexy or whatever...

 

Edit: BTW they stated on the Tweet I posted above, they expect VGP to open the preorderes with Bonus, but no LE.

https://twitter.com/PQubeGames/status/973594641449799681

 

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Would VGP ship this game to the UK, though? I've ordered from them before without issue, but the games just weren't available physically here, not outright banned...

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k so no one said why this is even banned, so....the question is why..?

what kind of game is this?

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8 minutes ago, Van-Helsings said:

k so no one said why this is even banned, so....the question is why..?

what kind of game is this?

9 hours ago, Hanzoadam said:

 

That site pretty much explains why for the most part.

 

As for the game itself, it is a pretty standard Mystery Dungeon / Shiren the Wanderer type dungeon crawler with a bunch of silly fanservice gimmicks.

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13 minutes ago, Van-Helsings said:

k so no one said why this is even banned, so....the question is why..?

what kind of game is this?

You'll get a kick of it when you find out why. 

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19 hours ago, readytofuky said:

 We can import up to $1000 worth without any tax here so there's not much reason for customs to scrutinise game packages.

 

😱

 

HOLY CRAP!!!

 

Here in Portugal, as soon as it crosses 22€ (that's roughly 27 USD or 35 AUD), you're eligible to get taxed. Yes, not even joking, it's a random tax. So basically, I can import a box full of crap and it can just breeze right though (happened to me), or import a single book and still have to pay taxes on top - which is also what happened to me just this week. Oh, and VAT here is a whopping 23%.

 

You Australians have it lucky!

 

(Apart from... you know, all the games banned for no good reason).

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Posted (edited)

3 hours ago, Crestfallen said:

Are you sure about that? I'm not overly familiar with UK law, but I did see a clause about "indecent and obscene materials" in the list of banned and restricted goods. It's defined in another document as material featuring children; material containing extreme violence; and any other pornography that cannot legally be bought in the UK.

 

Yes, I'm sure. I've also imported loli dakimakura into the country a few times without any problems, so...

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8 minutes ago, Jigsy1 said:

Yes, I'm sure. I've also imported loli dakimakura into the country a few times without any problems, so...

 

You, sir/madam, have taste. :P

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1 hour ago, jrdemr said:

 

😱

 

HOLY CRAP!!!

 

Here in Portugal, as soon as it crosses 22€ (that's roughly 27 USD or 35 AUD), you're eligible to get taxed. Yes, not even joking, it's a random tax. So basically, I can import a box full of crap and it can just breeze right though (happened to me), or import a single book and still have to pay taxes on top - which is also what happened to me just this week. Oh, and VAT here is a whopping 23%.

 

You Australians have it lucky!

 

(Apart from... you know, all the games banned for no good reason).

You still have it fine. Here in Argentina you ALWAYS pay 50% on Price + Shipping, and if you import too much during the year they make you go to the customs office to pick up the package yourself instead of delivering it to your house. Such bullshit when a lot of sellers have contacts in customs that allow them to import containers worth tens of thousands of dollars and not have to pay a single extra cent.

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1 hour ago, Jigsy1 said:

 

Yes, I'm sure. I've also imported loli dakimakura into the country a few times without any problems, so...

 

Lol. Fair enough. You can successfully import banned games here, even though it's illegal. Not sure you'd get away with a loli dakimakura here though. xD 

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2 hours ago, jrdemr said:

 

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HOLY CRAP!!!

 

Here in Portugal, as soon as it crosses 22€ (that's roughly 27 USD or 35 AUD), you're eligible to get taxed. Yes, not even joking, it's a random tax. So basically, I can import a box full of crap and it can just breeze right though (happened to me), or import a single book and still have to pay taxes on top - which is also what happened to me just this week. Oh, and VAT here is a whopping 23%.

 

You Australians have it lucky!

 

(Apart from... you know, all the games banned for no good reason).

 

It's mental isn't it? I buy & trade records/LPs as well & deal with a lot of European countries & I'm always shocked at how badly they get taxed. Anytime I send something internationally I put the value really low. That 22 euro deal is pretty excessive for sure.

 

One way of looking at things though is the Australian dollar is usually not worth a whole lot so by the time I've dealt with the exchange rate & shipping the item I get is almost as expensive as it is for someone who copped customs charges/tax.

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7 minutes ago, readytofuky said:

 

It's mental isn't it? I buy & trade records/LPs as well & deal with a lot of European countries & I'm always shocked at how badly they get taxed. Anytime I send something internationally I put the value really low. That 22 euro deal is pretty excessive for sure.

 

One way of looking at things though is the Australian dollar is usually not worth a whole lot so by the time I've dealt with the exchange rate & shipping the item I get is almost as expensive as it is for someone who copped customs charges/tax.

 

Customs is something that I think should just outright die. In an increasingly small world, where we have tons of specialized stuff that's only sold in certain countries and where online shopping has become as natural as breathing, why should I have to pay extra to people who have done absolutely no service to me when I've already paid for shipping?

 

 

50 minutes ago, AndresLionheart said:

You still have it fine. Here in Argentina you ALWAYS pay 50% on Price + Shipping, and if you import too much during the year they make you go to the customs office to pick up the package yourself instead of delivering it to your house. Such bullshit when a lot of sellers have contacts in customs that allow them to import containers worth tens of thousands of dollars and not have to pay a single extra cent.

 

FIFTY PERCENT?!?!?

 

Bloody hell, that's outrageous!! I wouldn't import a single thing if I were Argentinian! And they even tell you to just pick your stuff up from customs in person if they think you've imported too much stuff?! Jesus, talk about bad will...

 

Do you at least have some country where you can import from without having to pay customs? I live in the European Union, so anything from the other 27 countries is A-OK (hence why I'm personally furious with the UK's moronic decision to leave - I import 95% of my stuff from there).

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Posted (edited)

5 hours ago, bladesoframen said:

 

That site pretty much explains why for the most part.

 

As for the game itself, it is a pretty standard Mystery Dungeon / Shiren the Wanderer type dungeon crawler with a bunch of silly fanservice gimmicks.

http://videostandards.org.uk/ratingboard/featured.html

 

lmfao second paragraph in and i've decided i'm getting this if the plat doesnt take too long

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13 hours ago, Leenewbe said:

Base are awesome when it comes to discounted physical games. :) 

I know, I use them quite often, it just surprised me they outright cut the price so much xD

 

8 hours ago, Jigsy1 said:

Yes, I'm sure. I've also imported loli dakimakura into the country a few times without any problems, so...

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

 

 

Heh, discussion about customs... What an everlasting problem =D

You guys should just order from Japan and have them put price of 2k yen on 15k yen order :awesome: 

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5 hours ago, Van-Helsings said:

http://videostandards.org.uk/ratingboard/featured.html

 

lmfao second paragraph in and i've decided i'm getting this if the plat doesnt take too long

 

I'm not sure what a long plat means for you, but given that the jp version has a rarity slightly lower than the first game, and the first game, estimates for the first game are way above 50 hrs, this is definitely above 50 hrs for the plat and maybe above the 100 hr range. (I should be able to tell you better, but I haven't my jp copy of this game much because of dungeon crawler burnout)

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16 hours ago, dermarx said:

Yes, same here. Didn't expect they would do this in germany...

Well, actually, out of all countries, Germany doesn't surprise me at all. We didn't get Valkyrie Drive or Criminal Girls 2, so I never thought there's a chance we are going to get Omega Labyrinth Z haha 

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5 minutes ago, Izul said:

We didn't get Valkyrie Drive...

 

We didn't? Oh, well then I shouldn't be that surprised..

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8 minutes ago, dermarx said:

 

We didn't? Oh, well then I shouldn't be that surprised..

There were some very cool Valkyrie Drive avatars too, but we never got them in the DE store :( 

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