Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni Refused Rating In Germany Following Australian Ban
Valkyrie Drive Banned

PQube’s Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni isn’t having a good time of it lately when it comes to getting rated in certain regions. Following on Australia banning the game from appearing on retail shelves or digital distributors, new reports indicate that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni has been refused classification in Germany and is therefore not allowed to be sold in the region.

German website PlayStation Portable picked up the news from Rice Digital, which led to Censored Gaming sending out a tweet about the ban.

The game was also denied classification in Australia not too long ago, following on the heels of games like The Bug Butcher and Meiq also being denied classification. In the case of Criminal Girls 2, NIS decided to avoid sending the game in for classification to the Australian ratings board so you won’t be able to buy the game from retail shelves over there. Criminal Girls 2 was subsequently denied classification in Germany by the USK, so it won’t be sold there as well.

Some people have claimed that an appeal may be underway regarding Criminal Girls 2, but unless the decision is overturned the game is banned from being sold in Germany.

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is just the latest in a growing line of fan-service games being banned in various countries recently. Ever since the censorship-advocates fighting for Social Justice reared up against #GamerGate back in 2014, we’ve seen a steady increase in game bans and censorship.

In fact, it’s become so bad that a national broadcaster in Germany decided to ban the showing of e-sports tournaments featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive due to a shooting that took place in Munich. That same shooting also prompted the organizers of GamesCom to ban all imitation cosplay weapons, whether they be swords or guns (even foam and rubber) from being allowed inside the complex.

Sadly, it appears as if the industry is moving backwards as far as creative freedoms are concerned.

On the upside, British, American and Canadian gamers will still be able to enjoy Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni come September 16th, 2016 for the PlayStation Vita.


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  • Alistair

    It’s rather worrying I hope PQube hold ground & not give in too SJWs twits.

    I see a trend now that Germany banning games more then the censored route.

    By that I mean the game censored most of the censored was for extreme violence. Not sexual themes till now.

  • MusouTensei

    Fuck germany and the USK.

  • scemar

    to anyone following politics, this isn’t exactly a shock coming from germany and australia

    it does however highlight the benefit of being able to purchase internationally, both for the users but also for the publishers

    region lock is bad, being able to use other country’s stores is good

    it’s a sad news still tho, because PQube has been pretty based, and pride and idealism aside, there’s now way this can be good for their sales report
    yeah I’d still rather a chance for an uncensored game than taking a lower hanging fruit and having a censored game, but this might be the sacrifice that this requires and I only hope at least they are still making a profit

    yeah but don’t believe for a second this is something fair, it seems like a purely political move obviously
    germany is specially known for proactively embracing all kinds of censorship

    • This will be really telling when it comes time to look over the sheets for the quarterly financials. If PQube is seeing lower-than-usual residuals because they’re missing out on some key territories for selling their game, they’re either going to have to censor out the wazoo or start forfeiting publishing games like Valkyrie Drive if the profits don’t justify the investment.

      The SJWs don’t have to go into stores campaigning for retailers to “take your games away” they just did enough fussing and hollering on social media and to various government institutions to get them to censor/ban/take games away using indirect means, such as refusing ratings classifications.

      • Perfectly said. You took the words right out of my mouth.

        • scemar

          I’d say it goes deeper than that too, that’s all true
          but we can only see those acts of censorship happen in societies that have embraced that path

          that’s a real threat, it is a very very possible danger we should all be wary off

          anytime the idea of free speech is scoffed at or taken for granted, this is what it leads to

          and in cases like germany it extends beyond just gaming, it encapsulates all forms of communication, it’s on news, it’s on social media, it’s on politics and it is also on culture because they are all connected and part of a whole
          and it is a trend growing in parts of europe

          it is what happens when the passion that lights the flames of freedom dwindles

          is it something that can happen to america or the rest of the world? who knows

          but the people and the agendas that have succeed in places like germany, that’s what they’re trying,that’s the direction they want to steer social policies and now we see they can very much succeed if allowed to

          a stand for fanservice is not just a stand for a good fap, it’s a stand for the spirit of freedom, it’s a stand for a free culture, and politics and culture are ultimately connected

          one cannot protect one without investing in the other as well

      • grgspunk

        Bear in mind, if they censor future games in non-German/Austrailian areas for fear of being banned in such areas, we must hold the localization companies 100 percent accountable. This should have ZERO bearing on whether games in NA or the rest of the EU gets its games released uncut or not.

    • static5225

      It also isn’t a shock that Germany is holding double standards. A German court upheld a child marriage between a Syrian migrant and a 14-year old girl because “Sharia Law said so”. The court ignored the fact that this is illegal as the minimum age is 16.

      But hey, a lesbian video game is more harmful to minors than child marriages motivated by an incredibly misogynistic, backwards religion…

      • scemar

        classic “check your privilege” mindset at work

    • I don’t know. Germany banning shit has been a little surprising.

      Australia is… well… Australia.