You've probably heard about this issue before:
DOAD was banned in certain European countries because the ability to snap photos of some of the underage (under 18) girls in skimpy outfits could be considered child porn by local laws. See, the law doesn't differentiate real girls from cartoon images - as long as the cartoon images depict children. And in some countries, "children" are defined as someone under 18. Doesn't matter if the "child" has big boobs and a jiggly butt, if she's under 18 she's defined as a child by law. Period.
Second game that got banned was Project Zero 2: Wii Edition:
This game was only released in Japan and Europe. I think the series is called Fatal Frame in the US. Anyway, this game allowed you, just like DOAD, to take snapshots of underage girls in skimpy clothing. That could be considered child porn. I know what you're thinking now. "Sweden has just fucked up laws, why should I care?"
Well, if you think the rest of Europe got everything, think again.
NoE completely removed the bikini outfits for the two girls in the game, Mio and Mayu. These bikinis were present in the Japanese version of the game, but NoE removed them. They're not in the EU version. However, Spanish hackers have found a way:
As you can see from the images, the bikinis are really skimpy (visible parts of the butt cheeks are hanging out) and the girls are 15 years old. I don't know the laws for every country, but I think many of them don't make a difference between real girls and cartoons.
Now, have you heard about a 3DS game called Senran Kagura? It's an action title filled with boobs and young girls. The game's producer has expressed his wish to release it as an eShop title in the west, but with a character like this, is it even possible without violating child porn laws:
That character is named Mirai, and her profile states she's 15. A child. Neither the game nor its producer tries to hide that the game is very sexualized, including Mirai.
There are people who really want the game in the west though:
What do you think about all this? Are the local laws to blame, or is it good that these kind of games gets the ban hammer? Games that actually sexualize children... or are they children just because they're under 18? Or are they just cartoons?