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.
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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 #3
So as you might have already notice I was a bit offline, as far as blogging is concerned. That is of course due to the holidays coming closer and thus work getting more, and also because I recently moved and that was a bit stressful too. So for the last episode of this year, I'll present you some little tidbits again. Have fun with a big bundle of little informations for you guys. My christmas gift to you.
Because I love.
Not as much as myself, but still... #nobromo
The recently released Beyond: Two Souls was censored for Europe. Two chapters were censored here. In "The Condenser" you fight someone and ram a metal pipe through his throat. In the european version it is shorter, so it doesn't pierce the throat completly. Instead it causes a wound in the front of the throat, then falls down.
The second censorship happened in the chapter "Dragon's Hideout". While a character is being tortured the camera simply moves away for some time and Jodie closes her eyes for a second (= blackscreen, since the scene is from her perspective). In a following scene you can decide to not answer the torturer's questions, which causes him to remove one eye from Ryan. Again, in the european version, the camera doesn't show it and Jodie looks away.
Don't be too happy though, Americans. There are rumors that the american and even the japanese version are censored too. Apparently the US version is censored in some scenes containing sex and/or rape and it's not too unlikely that the japanese version is censored in points of sex AND violence. Though that is just a rumor so far.
Then there is Bravely Default, which recently released for the 3DS. Whoever thought the censorship era is over for JRPGs was wrong. I'll let the picture speak for itself.
I don't know at this point if there are any more censorhsips, but if there is one thing worth censoring, there are usually more. This censorship also goes for the US version, by the way.
Oh and Dead Rising 3 got already indexed on List B in Germany. Why do I mention this explicitally? The way it was indexed is special. If there is really the urgent, VERY urgent, need to get something off shelves quickly, a "temporary order" can put in place. This is what happened here. The funny thing is: Dead Rising 3 won't even release oficially in Germany. You won't find it in ANY storeshelf here, a few specialized stores excepted.
Dead Rising 1and 2 were confiscated already. Landing directly on List B, it's safe to assume that Dead Rising 3 will share this fate.
Also recently released Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!. It's hard to believe that anyone would censor this game. Right? Well, wrong. There is a little word censorship (at least one word that is known). Flame Princess calls Princess Bubblegum a "tart". In the european version the next sentence starts earlier, so that Flame Princess is simply cut off (picture just for reference here).
Funfact for you: the gore DLC for Total War: Shogun 2 wasn't initially available in Germany. Now it is. It was even officially rated with a 12+. We also get the gore DLC for the recently released Total War: Rome 2 right away.
Another funfact: games we Germans can't purchase or online purchase censored via Steam, can be activated in uncut versions if we simply buy bundles like the Humble Bundle. And thus the F.E.A.R trilogy, Mortal Kombat or Lucius can be acquired without any hassle on the cheap.
Let's hope there will be a bundle with Typing Of The Dead: Overkill soon, because that one didn't release in Germany. The original uncut version is indexed and the Typing... version is pratcially the same in content, which means it would be indexed automatically. As explained before, this is totally irrelevant for STEAM speaking from a legal standpoint, but they can't get enough of their anticipatory obedience. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME PROTECTED FROM THE GAME I WAITED OVER A DECADE FOR YOU FUCKERS!!
Not even released yet, but already announced with censorship: Mugen Souls Z. The western version of this JRPG, that includes the US version, will have some slight changes. What is known so far is that the "Bathing"-minigame will be removed, as will the pictures you get for doing the minigame. Anyone who knows a bit about japanese culture knows that this stuff is pretty normal and, when you see what you get, also pretty tame (no hardcore stuff, a lot of "foam" instead). You don't have to like it, but this is what I would pretty much label as typically japanese.
Didn't stop Destructoid's own Steve Hansen to call it "creepy" though.
Once can also at least expect stuff like added towels or bigger panties or stuff like that. See Bravely Default for reference.
Also: at least the EU version of Payday 2 was censored. It's not known if it was really censorhsip or just a bug, but the latter is likely, since it's ONLY the X-Box 360 version. PS3 and PC are uncut. What is missing? Blood splatters on the floor and walls.
So then: have some happy holidays. And if you have a problem with "happy holidays", then happy fuck yourself.