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2:00 PM on 03.07.2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth censorship 'not that big a deal,' says Matt Stone

Speaking to The Guardian about South Park: The Stick of Truth's censorship in Europe and Australia over a scene involving anal probes, series co-creator Matt Stone said "It's not that big a deal. It doesn't change things that...

Jordan Devore


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5:30 PM on 02.25.2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored in Europe

[Update: The PC version of The Stick of Truth will be censored in the following regions: Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.] Eurogamer has had a look at a document that claims Ubisoft has cut seven...

Alasdair Duncan

6:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Censorship in Germany: How they changed your fav games

[Dtoid community blogger OpiumHerz shares his experiences gaming in Germany. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Salida dear readers, My name is Jim and I am German. I've b...

OpiumHerz



Chibi-Robo's buttcheek censorship controversy photo
Chibi-Robo's buttcheek censorship controversy
by Max Scoville

In case you missed yesterday's episode of Podtoid, or you're one of those people who won't do anything for more than ten minutes, here's a brief excerpt in which Jonathan Holmes shocks the rest of the cast with news of Nintendo's fascist removal of cartoon buttocks from Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder.

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4:00 PM on 12.22.2013

Anal probes and abortion kept South Park from AU rating

Over at IGN, three reports have been obtained detailing the difficulties Ubisoft had with securing a ratings classification for South Park: The Stick of Truth by the Australian Classifications Board, before finally ...

Wesley Ruscher

10:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Day One: Garry's Incident developers censoring criticism

Wild Games Studio, the company behind Day One: Garry's Incident, is currently caught up in a controversy surrounding criticism of its game on YouTube. Immensely popular PC game critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has accused the ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 10.09.2013

Russia to fund games 'conducive to patriotic education'

The Russian government is taking videogames seriously. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, who also heads The Russian Military History Society, is taking charge on the government's videogame project. The first produc...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 03.16.2013

EA censors its own support number on its forums

[Editor's note: As I indicated in the third paragraph, I assumed that blocking the phone number on the forums has likely been a long-standing practice. As ZiggyMoff posted in the comments, Valve does something similar -- repl...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 12.19.2012

The War Z devs silence dissent, alter Steam store page

Following accusations of lying about its game, The War Z developer Hammerpoint has compounded its guilt by silencing dissent any way it can. On both their official forums and the Steam board, anybody criticizing the game...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 12.10.2012

Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions

Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...

Jim Sterling

5:05 PM on 06.18.2012

The DTOID Show: Bring on the uncensored violence!

That's right, folks - I'm back in the studio after a week-long vacation, and I've got my party shoes on! You know, the orthopaedic ones with extra arch support? (I have fragile bones.) Anyway, on today's show, we've got a tr...

Tara Long







R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia! photo
R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia!
by Jim Sterling

Ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened! After years of censorship and outright bans, Australia has finally approved an R18+ age rating for videogames, allowing adults to choose their own entertainment. 

"The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material," said home affairs minister Jason Clare, announcing the move. "The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

Before now, the oldest age attached to a game rating was fifteen, meaning that a lot of games suitable for adults were edited or refused classification. This new rating is to be made flesh next year, and will hopefully allow a wider variety of games to hit shelves. That's the hope, anyway -- individual states need to approve and adopt the ruling, but it is a very good start!

Personal choice! It smells nice this morning.

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9:00 AM on 03.28.2012

ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art

The ESRB has made Deep Silver remove a red stain from Risen 2: Dark Waters' box art. This stain will go from red to turquoise, owing to the North American rating board's stance on cover imagery that could represent blood.&nbs...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 02.07.2012

Lollipop Chainsaw will be censored in Japan

Apparently Lollipop Chainsaw is getting the censorship treatment in Japan...unless you're willing to buy the premium version of the game. Two different versions of Suda 51's latest will be released in order to tone down the g...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 02.03.2012

Twisted Metal delayed and censored in Europe

Twisted Metal is suffering a few localization problems, resulting in the car-on-car violence being delayed in Europe. The game is now due out in March for PAL gamers, although a solid release date is yet to be confirmed. ...

Jim Sterling

6:15 PM on 01.31.2012

Some German politicians want their own version of SOPA

Members of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union, which form one of the ruling parties in the German government right now, like SOPA so much that they want their own version of it for Germany. While they a...

Sven Wohl