Officials will be among the first customers for the so-called 'triad Tamagotchi' in order to send it to the Obscene Articles Tribunal for classification. The new variation on the 'virtual pet' deals with a young boy, Ho Nam, who must be given alcohol and cigarettes to mature as a triad member. Game options such as knife fights are being considered by the maker. Deputy Secretary for Broadcasting, Culture and Sport Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan told a Legco panel yesterday that the administration could not ban the electronic game. 'We cannot force the producer to submit the product for pre-classification. Until the product is classified, any measures to warn or interrupt the producer would be censorship,' she said. But she agreed the possibility of violent images had caused concern. 'We will buy this 'triad Tamagotchi' when it comes to the market and send it to the tribunal immediately,' Mrs Lau said. If the product was judged indecent, it would have to be in wrapping with a warning against sale to people under 18. It would be banned if judged obscene. But legislators feared that the processing time would have already allowed the electronic game to be widely circulated. Democrat Albert Chan Wai-yip said: 'Many products can be sold in a very short time. The producer can, of course, sell as many of them as possible before they are classified.' Mrs Lau said the classification would take a week or longer. King's Fountain, the game producer, said they were still concentrating on producing the game and had not considered offering it for pre-classification.