Blood and Guts Bundle is a 2020 trilogy of arena fight games from Digerati
The Blood and Guts Bundle for Nintendo Switch has been banned in Australia under the automated International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) system. Decision
was in March, but has only recently been added to the National Classification Database.
The automated system is pretty much a random rating generator, so perhaps the delay is down to going back to the old manual way of rating games.
US the game is M (17) rated by the ESRB for blood and gore, use of drugs, violence.
The Promotional Material gives a flavour of the game:
Satisfy your lust for carnage with three gloriously gratuitous games!
This bundle contains:
Slain: Back from Hell . A heavy metal inspired arcade combat game with stunning pixel art visuals, challenging old school gameplay and gore galore. Plus the most metal soundtrack you've ever heard!
Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut : A killer puzzle game and darkly comic homage to 80s horror movies where you control Skullface, a homicidal slasher hell-bent on revenge.
Super Blood Hockey : Arcade
sports gaming gets a shot of adrenaline in this violent homage to classic 8- and 16-bit ice hockey games. Use fast-paced skills and bone-crunching brutality to dominate.
The US campaign group Morality in Media, which now calls itself the National Center for Sexual Exploitation as if it was some sort of state institution, has whinged at the video games distribution platform, Steam.
The group complains that
Steam allows multiple games on the platform portraying sexual violence, including Mirror, Love Vibe: Aria, My Servant and the Stranger Astensia, and House Party.
The platform made a June 2018 decision to minimise
censorship and allow all types of games except for ones that are illegal, or straight up trolling.
Morality in Media particularly points out:
Mirror that depicts rape scenes and even has a meter to measure the amount of pain and discomfort being inflicted by the player,
My Servant and the Stranger Astensia that promotes rape scenes and sexual harassment, and
that contains nudity, sex via intoxication, blackmail and deception. Steam has reportedly updated House Party to censor nudity, MiM added.
Executive Director of MiM Dawn Hawkins said in a statement:
Parents need to know that these games normalize the sexual use, and often abuse, of others. When video games include sexually graphic and degrading themes,
the user is not only a voyeur but an active participant in staging the scene. Steam should immediately change its policies to stop hosting such sexually explicit material,
To make matters worse, since Steam implemented an
'anything goes' policy with few exceptions, sexually exploitative games on Steam have skyrocketed, going from just over 700 games tagged for the keyword nudity in 2017 to now 3,911 in 2020.