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The Jimquisition: Sony, Nintendo, EA and SOPA


Nov 21
// Jim Sterling
The Stop Online Piracy Act may sound innocuous, but it's a nasty little proposition that gives corporations uncontested rights to control what you enjoy on the Internet. Naturally, being a horrible thing, EA can't wait to cl...
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Japan asks Saints Row 3 to remove veins from its dick


Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
The Japanese version of Saints Row: The Third is going to be slightly censored after authorities expressed concern over the "Penetrator" melee weapon. For those not up on their innuendo, the penetrator is the giant purple dil...
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Guess which games were banned in Germany in October


Oct 29
// Sven Wohl
When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...
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DOOM and DOOM 2 are no longer pornography in Germany


Aug 31
// Jim Sterling
Today is a very special day, for it is the day that Germans are legally allowed to buy DOOM and DOOM 2 in common high street stores. The two games were previously filed under Media Harmful to Young Persons, which placed ...
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House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned in Aus


Aug 24
// David Rayfield
The new version of SEGA's lightgun zombie shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. "A game banned in Australia? Is it lunch time already?" is probably...
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All Australian Attorneys General now support R18+


Aug 11
// David Rayfield
It's been a rough week for the Australian video game industry but fortunately, it's not all bad news. In an unprecedented move, every single Attorney General from all states in Australia have now put their support behind an R...
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Heavy Rain goes light on violence and nudity for France


Aug 11
// Sven Wohl
Heavy Rain is getting a new, re-edited version for the French market called Heavy Rain – Version Modifiée. This is now the third version of the title, after the release of last year's version with Move support. T...
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Deus Ex getting edits, bonuses for Japanese release


Aug 09
// Josh Tolentino
Deus Ex: Human Revolution might not be a Japanese game, but sure as hell it's coming to Japan, if Square Enix has anything to say about it. However, it won't be entering the country unscathed. Its content ...
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New Destructoid Episode: Hacks, PAX, Mercs, and Freedom!


Jun 27
// Max Scoville
Hey dudes, whacky awesome exciting news today. First, hacker group LulzSec gave one last hurrah before saying the voyage of their LulzBoat had come to an end. Or something, I don't even know. Second, the United States Suprem...
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Witcher 2 edits out sexual favors for Australian release


May 04
// Jim Sterling
Thanks to Australia's namby-pamby rating system, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be released with a minor edit for those residing in the country that gave us Prisoner: Cell Block H.  "The modification was a small ...
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ESRB censors thigh from Dead or Alive Dimensions box art


Mar 24
// Jim Sterling
Seriously? Hot off the heels of Dead Island having to change its logo, Tecmo Koei has revealed that the ESRB has demanded yet more packaging changes -- censoring a few inches of inner thigh from the cover of Dead or Alive Dim...
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ESRB censors Dead Island logo


Mar 22
// Jim Sterling
It seems crazy to me that the ESRB has the power to censor logos and box art, but they certainly have the power. They did it with Left 4 Dead 2, and now they're doing it with Dead Island. Having a cool image means nothing whe...
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Saints Row: The Third won't have a fart in a jar


Mar 09
// Jim Sterling
The Saints Row series is, by far, one of the most ludicrously extreme franchises out there. Unfortunately, however, even Volition has standards. According to the studio, trying to censor Saints Row: The Third has been li...
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Allegory of the Cave Story


Feb 09
// Sean Carey
Plato would have absolutely loathed video games. It seems crazy to one who has come to know and love the medium, but one of history's most venerated thinkers and teachers would stand proudly in the corner of Jack Thompson and...
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Bulletstorm gets heavily censored German version


Feb 09
// Jim Sterling
Those dicktits at the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle have rated a heavily censored version of Bulletstorm, a variant that more or less loses the entire point of the game.  The German edition will not feature ...
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Schafer: Self-censorship stops games being funny


Feb 07
// Jim Sterling
Psychonauts developer Tim Schafer is known for putting a heavy element of humor in his games, but the cult designer wants more. He believes that games aren't funny enough, and it's because of studios vetting their own materia...
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Dead Space 2 delayed in Germany due to censorship


Jan 18
// Jim Sterling
Oh Germany, you so censorship! The German release of Dead Space 2 has been delayed due to the country's ever-vigilant social nannies getting upset again. The inclusion of a "friendly fire" multiplayer option has caused the st...
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Call of Duty: Black Ops getting stupid German censorship


Oct 04
// Jim Sterling
Call of Duty: Black Ops is undergoing a number of heavy edits when it releases in Germany. Among the cuts is a soundtrack omission, with Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil getting snipped because it's 100% about Worl...
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Looks like the whining and bitching of mainstream press and the mothers of dead soldiers has finally gotten to Electronic Arts. Despite repeatedly standing by its decision to include the Taliban in Medal of Honor, the publish...

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Videogames and the pursuit of harmless entertainment


Aug 28
// Andrew Kauz
[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or ho...
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Left 4 Dead 2: Censored edition


Nov 02
// Jim Sterling
As we all know by now, Valve has had to edit Left 4 Dead 2 because Australia's rating system is demented and won't allow any game deemed unfit for fifteen-year-olds. Unfortunately, this means that the zombie splattering game...
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German group's 'game burning' protest was a huge failure


Oct 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Last week, we told you about the German group attempting a modern-day book burning by having people bring in their violent videogames and toss them into the garbage. The Action Alliance believes that videogames are the root o...
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Ben Heck makes Halo 3 controller for Tucker Max movie


Oct 02
// Niero Gonzalez
It's funny how you often meet people on the Internet through unusual and fleeting circumstances.  For example, weeks ago I'd heard that they were making a Tucker Max movie so I checked out the site, bracing myself for a ...
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EA: German game restricitions are censorship


Aug 24
// Jim Sterling
Most people who aren't German politicians will tell you that Germany's reaction to so-called "killer games" is childish and ludicrous. Gamers, the gaming press and developers have all voiced dismay over Germany's tr...
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World of Warcraft back in China with new government changes


Aug 07
// Dale North
I'm glad my country's government doesn't give a sh*t about what I play or how long I play it. Come to think of it, I wouldn't be much of a case for "bad games" anyway, as aside from the occasional eroge (don't judge...
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NPR talks about the Six Days In Fallujah controversy


Jul 29
// Aerox
If you talk to me regularly, you probably know that I'm a big fan of NPR and listen almost every day. You should too, particularly because they've been seriously discussing video games more and more in the past few months. Ye...
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Australia is also banning Second Life


Jun 26
// Jim Sterling
Australia's censorship crusade continues! Yesterday, we talked about how the Australian government was about to start censoring the Internet, and today we find out that Second Life is also about to be blocked. I think the cou...
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Australia censoring the Internet, blocking out M-rated games


Jun 25
// Jim Sterling
The Australian Government has officially gone drunk with power. Not content to heavily butcher and/or outright ban videogames that don't conform to their horribly outdated MA15+ age rating cap, the Australian authorities are ...
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Owning RapeLay might be a federal offense


Jun 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
Time to start scrubbing those hard drives, kids. A recent article over at GamesPolitics suggests that owners of the controversial hentai title, RapeLay, could be found guilty of possessing child pornography in US courts.This ...
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Left 4 Dead 2 cover art changed to appease ESRB


Jun 17
// Jim Sterling
It's not just raging Steam boycotters that Valve has upset with the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2. According to the studio, the ESRB has also shown concern, causing Valve to edit the original cover art for the game which show...

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