German Blogger, writing the series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " (go check it out!) since I like to write about that topic and am invested in it a whole lot. Also writes some other stuff sometimes. Likes to listen to very strange bands and has the ultimate goal in life to taste every soft drink there is at least once.
Pure Gonzo - and while I thank god for Jim Sterling sometimes, I thank god for Hunter S. Thompson every day.
I'm a bastard. Don't trust me. Always keep asking, don let yourself get fed bullshit - not even by me.
I like good games. Yes, that's quite general, but I don't really like confining myself to certain genres. I like interesting approaches, invention and creativity. But I can enjoy a straight-up shooter as much as a "Bastion". It just has to be done well and appeal to me on some level.
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Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively).I'll try to post entries at least all two weeks or so. Feel free to comment for suggestions, corrections or critique.
This episode is about: various games (#2)
Hey, remember how I said in an earlier episode that Command & Conquer: Generals got indexed? Well, gues what game got un-indexed October 2013? That's right, CC:G. The funny bit? The game got indexed because it "glorified war" according to the BPjM. Now violence is a thing of the time. What was once scandalous isn't anymore. I mean, Hitchcock's Psycho was a scandal because it showed a toilet that flushed money down. But how can a game that glorified war a few years ago not do so anymore? It's not like that is something that changes over a few years. Funny, isn't it?
Oh, also something from the future: Beyond: Two Souls will be censored. Sony Europe confirmed "that three minor aesthetic changes were made". Whatever that will mean, only the future can show. But apaprently those changes were made "in order to meet the requirements of regional ratings boards in the PAL region, and with the full support of the development team who do not feel that the title has been compromised in any way.“ Great, isn't it. At least the team is happy with it.
A really funny censorhsip happend to Tales Of Xillia for the PS3. Every version except the japanese one. There is a scene where a bad guy dies and one of the heros is holding on to her. The bad guy doesn't want to be held and thus, while falling, gives the hero the finger. Not so cool outside of Japan.
Also the german version was additionally changed. There is a character in that game with the name Jude. Jude (spelled like "You" and then the "de" in "desecration") is the german word for "jew". So they just changed the name in the german version. Because we never heard of that name, right? Who is this "Jude Law" anyway?
Hey, remember Soul Reaver? That one Legacy Of Kain game that was actually good? It didn't matter that practically the whole series was about vampires - blood had to be green.
Also, the original Legend Of Zelda for the NES fell in the time when religious references were removed. That game had an item, called "Book of Magic". That game was called "Bible" in the original version. The only uncensored version is the one for the Famicom Disc System. The japanese cartridge version also says "Book of magic", but the japanese signs still say "Bible".
Megaman Zero was a neat little title in the series for the Gameboy Advance. Enemies did have "blood" splatters here, which were removed for the release outside of Japan.
Metal Slug X on the other hand got the Mortal Kombat Nintendo-treatment. The Playstation version (rated 12 in Germany) got censored. Blood was color swapped with grey and the option to turn blood on or off in the options was removed.
Also, does anyone remember the Turtles Tournament Fighter from the SNES? I loved to fight as that purple thing because it was so imba. However, it was slightly censored to . Aska, a female fighter, was wearing a thong originally. Of course that wasn't okay outside of Japan. Her winning pose was also changed. In the original she turned around which made her breasts move. In the censored version she just closes her arms in front of her chest.