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    Censor bans violent computer game
    30 November 2004

    A computer game in which the main character exposes his penis and kills people in a variety of ways has been banned by New Zealand's censor's office on the grounds that it was likely to be injurious to the public good.

    Postal 2: Share the Pain is the second computer game to be banned in New Zealand, after Manhunt was banned late last year.

    The decision of the Office of Film and Literature Classification was announced by the Chief Censor, Bill Hastings.

    In Postal 2 the player controls a character called Postal Dude who interacts with other characters by exposing his penis, urinating on them, kicking them, killing them and mutilating their corpses.

    Characters react to the Postal Dude by screaming, vomiting, begging for their lives, fleeing or attempting to kill him. The player is able to use a wide variety of weapons including spades, police batons, electronic tasers, sickles, gas canisters, petrol cans and matches, firearms and a festering cow's head that releases anthrax.

    Visual and vocal references throughout the game reinforce callous racist, sexist and homophobic stereotypes and often provide the motivation for interactions with other characters.

    "Completion of mundane tasks such as buying milk creates opportunities to kill more characters in a variety of familiar and ordinary circumstances," Mr Hastings said.

    The office found that:

    * The game is designed, and has the capacity, to allow the player to test how much violence and humiliation he or she can inflict on human beings and animals in a variety of everyday settings and circumstances.

    * The player's ability to elect the amount, type and speed with which the violence is escalated into extreme cruelty requires an antisocial attitudinal shift (and reinforces such attitudes among those who already have them) that is likely to be injurious to the public good.

    * Postal 2 was submitted to the office by the Internal Affairs Department after its inspectors became aware that a small number of copies were in circulation in New Zealand.

    * The game has not been made available through any commercial outlets in this country. The banning of Postal 2 means it is illegal to possess, import, distribute or advertise the game.


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