A few things I thought I'd add my 10c on...
Children need protecting.
As a father (I wouldn't normally write that, but feel that for some reason this adds a level of weight in this conversation, as I cannot compare the level of love & concern I have for my children to anything else in my life - perhaps this adds bias..?), I completely agree. However, I'm not sure that banning this title will in any way protect a single child from anything. The irony (as eluded to earlier by others both here & in the original article) is that if anything, Gal Gun's banning has created a level of awareness for a title that I for one wouldn't otherwise have known about.
I read a suggestion in here about customs simply blocking this... maybe I misread it, but if not - have you not heard of illegal downloads? How could NZ Customs possibly counter that?! They could stop some physical copies coming in, but even then, the likelihood they'd stop all imports of banned physical media is slim to none.
Another argument in here is that millions of people play (as an example) GTAV daily but don't as a result go about blowing people's heads off with guns, or mowing down ped's with their vehicles, etc, etc IRL... fair enough, but here's a thought... how many peeps do you reckon would have jerked off to their character having a lap dance in the White Unicorn? - while I have no cold hard facts, I'd be willing to bet there's more than a handful that have. We are far more connected in games than most would admit to or even realise. So many games toy with our emotions in so many ways. In many situations we don't simply relate/empathise to a character (as you would in a movie or TV show), in many instances you take on & become the character you're playing. Who here knows somebody who has destroyed a controller/monitor/whatever in a fit of rage over a game..? Or lost their sh*t at somebody outside the game environment due to a game? Now, tell me games don't have an effect on your mental state, or real life for that matter - of course they do. Is it far-fetched to think that playing a subjective game (no matter how vague, corny, or comedic) could stimulate sexual emotions in paedo's, possibly even triggering them do something they previously had not intended on doing..?
Something to consider... whether right or wrong, I am of the opinion that child porn' (also snuff porn, etc) should be banned/illegal. So I ask you to contemplate: at what point does paedophilia become banned? To enforce an opinion such as mine, one has to draw a line in the sand at some point, though how does one easily & clearly define a point of acceptability? Surely there has to be a bit of a grey area surrounding this & at what point censorship should apply - given the subject at hand (not specifically this game), wouldn't all but paedo's prefer for our censorship to err a little toward the side of caution..?
So far as this game goes, I haven't played it & don't have an opinion either way. I'm sick of the nanny state bull we put up with daily, but I'm not sure if this censorship is/isn't part of that. More than anything, I'm really interested to see how this process plays out.