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Lesbian alien sexual relations rejected, accepted by Singapore

While the holiday season has always been a busy time for gamers, 2007 is shaping up to be the best yet. Gamers who own more than one system will have more gaming than they can possibly handle, which certainly isn’t a bad problem to have.

Mass Effect Banned for Lesbian Alien Sex
Upon learning that BioWare’s Mass Effect for the Xbox 360 will allow players with female avatars to engage in rather intimate relations with members of the same sex (but not the same species), Singapore’s censors body has banned the game for sale in the region. “Mass Effect, a futuristic space adventure published by Microsoft Corp., has been banned because of ‘lesbian intimacy,’” said Chetra S., deputy director of the Board of Film Censors, in a statement.

Wait, Mass Effect Unbanned Despite Lesbian Alien Sex
The ban was soon reversed, perhaps after the censor board decided to investigate the material of which they had banned. According to the Straits Times, the game will now be allowed for sale but will bear an “M18” rating.

Street Date Broken on Mass Effect
Those of you down under may be able to get your Alien love on a little earlier than everyone else. According to Kotaku’s resident Australian, a logistics error has made Mass Effect available at several EB Games in the country. Several Kmart stores in the U.S. have also been cited as selling BioWare’s RPG early.

Assassin’s Creed on Xbox 360 vs. PS3

If you have no clue what the supposed "twist" in Assassin’s Creed is, which supposedly occurs in the first five minutes of the game, then be advised that viewing the video will spoil it. If spoilers do not bother you or you simply must know which version is superior, then check out the GameTrailers HD comparison.

Reminder: Download Carcassonne on Xbox Live for Free

As part of Microsoft’s fifth anniversary celebration of its Xbox Live service, it is offering the Xbox Live Arcade game Carcassonne free of charge until the end of November 16. If you haven’t done so yet, log on and get your free game before midnight PDT today.

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By clovell on 11/16/2007 3:57:32 PM , Rating: 1
Best Gaming Refresh Ever! I'm going to stop by Kmart on the way home! If they've got it, I'll roll the money on my pre-order of Mass Effect at EB onto Assassin's Creed!

Awesome info, Marcus!!!

RE: Wow!
By bupkus on 11/16/2007 4:40:09 PM , Rating: 2
Mass Effect Banned for Lesbian Alien Sex
Wait, Mass Effect Unbanned Despite Lesbian Alien Sex

Thanks for the chuckle.

RE: Wow!
By sj420 on 11/16/2007 5:14:29 PM , Rating: 2
What is this about alien lesbian sex? Literally or figuratively? Like sex sex or the way they mean sex when they're talking about something stupid, like making out.

Two chicks kissing = not sex, even two chicks kissing naked slobbering all over each others faces (like they do) STILL isn't sex. Wtf.

I am seriously wondering what game to buy and so far I have so many classics (like the article states) that it is a problem and I don't have enough control and enough hours in the day to play them all. Its a tough problem that I have never faced before. So I don't really know any of todays games to buy until people know its a good game.

RE: Wow!
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 11/16/2007 7:00:22 PM , Rating: 3
Second base, I hear.

RE: Wow!
By retrospooty on 11/16/2007 9:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
Its not all that... And doesnt show anything at all, just a hand flying up at the end implying an orgasmic event ;)

Actually kind of creepy with the tentacles. =)

RE: Wow!
By mmntech on 11/16/2007 10:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
BioWare has messed with the whole lesbian thing before. In Kotor, Juhani (the cat lady) is a lesbian, though it's not as explicit. If your PC is female, she does express feelings for you towards the end of the game. It also implies she had a relationship with one of the other Jedi on Dantooine. It talks about it here. Major spoiler warning though if you haven't played the game.

I hope Mass Effect is released for PC. Looks like a good game. They've even brought back some of the fantastic voice actors from Kotor.

RE: Wow!
By TSS on 11/17/2007 5:45:08 PM , Rating: 2
... that earned a ban?

kirk hit it off with a lot worse looking then that, have we become less tolerable over the years?

RE: Wow!
By retrospooty on 11/17/2007 6:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
Banned in Singapore. They never were too up to date with social policies.

RE: Wow!
By mrkun on 11/18/2007 4:01:53 AM , Rating: 2
They have legal prostitution though. That country's policies have to be the most incoherent of any in the world.

RE: Wow!
By retrospooty on 11/18/2007 12:45:09 PM , Rating: 3
I dont know... Littering is a stiff penalty, and prositituion is legal. Maybe we have it backwards =)

I have been there, and let me tell you, the streets are nice and clean, and if you want to, why should prostitution be illegal? It shouldnt be anyone's business but the john and the hooker - govt should not have the right to say no.

RE: Wow!
By Regs on 11/18/2007 11:09:56 AM , Rating: 2
Singapore does not allow chewing gum in public. California will likely adopt some of their policies in the future.

RE: Wow!
By masher2 (blog) on 11/18/2007 9:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Singapore banned chewing gum entirely (public or private) for 12 years. That changed a couple years ago, but you still have to buy from a registered dealer, who records the sale.

RE: Wow!
By clovell on 11/17/2007 1:17:25 PM , Rating: 1
I checked the Kmart up the street yesterday after work and they didn't have it out. Now I'll have to wait until Tuesday... and the in-laws will be here....

Is it just me...
By Locutus465 on 11/16/2007 5:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
Or is the only difference between the two Assasins creed trailers the fact that the PS3 version looks washed out compared to the 360 version... that's all I picked up on.

RE: Is it just me...
By R Nilla on 11/16/2007 5:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
From what I remember (I watched this last night) the horseback riding had some noticeable lag on the PS3 compared to the 360, but otherwise I only noticed the washed out colors.

RE: Is it just me...
By MDme on 11/17/2007 12:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
The PS3 version has some slowdown on the battle scene and when the guy was running later on in the video. Oh and yes, the colors are washed out....I think this may be due to HDR + AA in the 360 which is not possible on the PS3, or it may be some decrease in color saturation to hide a lower color gamut to preserve memory or something.

RE: Is it just me...
By SirLucius on 11/17/2007 1:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the colors on the on the PS3 version seemed washed out in that comparison, which is weird since I just finished playing the game for the past few hours and it didn't look anything like their video, even on my cheap-o HDTV. I don't know if they used a different TV from the 360 video, but I can't think of how why the game would look that washed out.

And yeah, there are a few hiccups every now and then when riding the horse quickly or when you get a lot of people on screen at once. Nothing horrible by any means, and barely noticeable when actually fighting people.

RE: Is it just me...
By Locutus465 on 11/17/2007 9:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
So what I want to know is... what gets my money first... Assasins Creed or Mass Effect. As far as washed out colors, I was wondering if that was the video or not... I can't imagine image quality like that would fly on any console.

By TomCorelis on 11/16/2007 4:44:09 PM , Rating: 2
Ugh, I actually bought Carcasonne!

RE: noooooo!
By sj420 on 11/16/2007 5:17:31 PM , Rating: 2
I look at those arcade games and basically everything else they charge for on XBL like "wtf". I wouldn't waste anything on any of it. They actually charge for old looney toon episodes? Are you joking? No. And To think I thought they were being convenient and letting you watch them for free.

The arcade games, I don't know if they would actually give me any entertainment.

RE: noooooo!
By darkpaw on 11/16/2007 5:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you might not like puzzle games and such a lot of people do. My wife has spent more time playing Uno then anything else on the system and I definately like the Hexic game that was included.

Casual games are a pretty big part of the market and $5-10 bucks for a decent casual game isn't bad at all.

Now what they charge for their TV shows is criminal.

RE: noooooo!
By Etsp on 11/18/2007 2:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that's almost like being an Apple customer...

GT's PS3 vs Xbox AC comparison is so lame & bogus
By Hafgrim on 11/17/2007 4:04:51 PM , Rating: 2
GT's PS3 vs Xbox has to be the lamest & most bogus comparison I have ever seen.
..Because how did GT compare a 1080p screen capture in a video window size the size of a postage stamp on a computer screen without video compression inaccuracies occurring? The only way to compare that game would have been to take video from both games playing on a 1080p tv fullscreen. and then take selected pieces of the screen that would fit in a computer window and not that bogusness they showed where they somehow got the 1080p fullscreen scaled down to fit a 800x600 half screen size and they call it fare! lol..
..Oh, And what really takes the cake even more is the only zoomed section they did was the part where the old "one-eyed" man is talking and put the deformed eye side on the PS3's side. omg.. lol to funny! GT has lost what little if any honest reputation they may have had with that whole thing... GT that was Totally lame.

oh, and not to be a party pooper but as for the supposed alien sex scene. How is that a sex scene? lol The commander could have very well been strangling & killing that blue alien girl instead from what I saw in the video shown for giving her a dull fortune teller reading. -_^

Hehe, And no im not one of those PS3 spittle wiping fan boys as one famed DT poster wrote so hilariously about the whole HDdvd blu-ray debacle a couple days ago.

By bangmal on 11/18/2007 4:59:45 AM , Rating: 2
Another crying ps3 fangirl.
They did a COD4 comparison too, almost identical.
Why this time ps3 get owned? ps3 can handle COD4, but AC needs a better hardware to display the quality that it delivers, ps3 fails that and shows how suck it does when it comes to play games.
It is not a bad blu-ray player though.

i wish
By TheDiceman on 11/16/2007 4:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
Wish I could have foudn a store that broke that street date early. I know a number of people that owuld hate me for hacing ME before them.

RE: i wish
By MooseMuffin on 11/16/2007 5:10:05 PM , Rating: 1
Bought it last Saturday, beat it last night. The first of many times that I plan to play it though.

By danz32 on 11/16/2007 4:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
At least this time their website won't crash because the winners are preselected :)

By wingless on 11/16/2007 7:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
This game must be fuggin amazing to get UNBANNED in Singapore! They played it and figured it was so awesome they needed to make sure they could buy it for themselves. Singapore bans everything, even chewing gum. For an XBox360 game with alien lesbo action to get the green light is simply amazing. I can't wait for the PC port. (2009 probably....)

By Makaveli on 11/16/2007 6:38:42 PM , Rating: 1
How do you fucken ban something without even checking it out first?

Bunch of clowns!

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