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2:45 PM on 08.31.2011

DOOM and DOOM 2 are no longer pornography in Germany

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 ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 08.24.2011

House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned in Aus

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...

David Rayfield

11:00 PM on 08.11.2011

All Australian Attorneys General now support R18+

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...

David Rayfield

4:00 AM on 08.11.2011

Heavy Rain goes light on violence and nudity for France

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...

Sven Wohl

6:15 PM on 08.09.2011

Deus Ex getting edits, bonuses for Japanese release

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 ...

Josh Tolentino

9:15 PM on 06.27.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Hacks, PAX, Mercs, and Freedom!

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...

Max Scoville





10:00 AM on 05.04.2011

Witcher 2 edits out sexual favors for Australian release

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 ...

Jim Sterling

11:20 AM on 03.24.2011

ESRB censors thigh from Dead or Alive Dimensions box art

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...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 03.22.2011

ESRB censors Dead Island logo

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...

Jim Sterling

10:20 AM on 03.09.2011

Saints Row: The Third won't have a fart in a jar

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...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 02.09.2011

Allegory of the Cave Story

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...

Sean Carey

12:00 PM on 02.09.2011

Bulletstorm gets heavily censored German version

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 ...

Jim Sterling

11:20 AM on 02.07.2011

Schafer: Self-censorship stops games being funny

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...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 01.18.2011

Dead Space 2 delayed in Germany due to censorship

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.04.2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops getting stupid German censorship

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...

Jim Sterling



EA loses spine, drops Taliban from Medal of Honor photo
EA loses spine, drops Taliban from Medal of Honor
by Jim Sterling

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 publisher has finally lost its balls and decided to cut their inclusion.

EA's Greg Goodrich explains the team is reacting to feedback "from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game.

"This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force."

I'm sorry, but I don't quite get how the friends and families of fallen soldiers have earned the right to dictate what people can and can't put in their games. If anything, their emotional investment makes me less confident of their judgement. The whole reaction to Medal of Honor has been ludicrous, ill informed and completely reeked of the idea that videogames aren't allowed to do anything even vaguely topical. 

It's Electronic Arts that I'm more disappointed in, however. Despite support from gamers and support from men and women serving in the military, EA has bent the knee to the vocal minority and sent the message that publishers can be bullied into towing the line by hysterical housewives and shit-stirring tabloids. 

Still, at least the families can go back to acting outraged that their sons who willingly joined the military were killed in a war full of guns and bombs. I much preferred them when they were doing that.

Multiplayer Change [MedalOfHonor.com]

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