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OpiumHerz avatar 10:30 AM on 04.28.2014  (server time)
The worst thing about censorship is ███████ - 028 - The Stick Of Truth (Part 2)

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 started this blog in 2013 and consider this series to be now in Season 2. Fuck yeah! After getting frontpage-famous I'll continue to take stuff from my colleagues at Schnittberichte and recycle that stuff for your enjoyment.

This episode is about: South Park - The Stick Of Truth (Part 2)

So as I said before the SOT PC version was rated 18+ by the USK and basically the only thing they changed were nazi related things.

Now there is also the german console version which was rated 16+. So what else was done here? Well, first off, everything that I wrote in the first entry about the PC version is also missing here. So everything that has to do with Swastikas etc. has a fat, black bar laid over it.

The first difference appears when the player gets abducted by aliens. Once you're inside the ship and you see how others are probed, the already known censorship screen appears until you see yourself strapped to a chair, about to be probed.

Once you get probed and have to mash a button the censorhip sets in again. You just see the screen until the probe exploded and the anteanna is sticking out of your ass.

The second part is about anal probing too, this time with randy. You have to play a little "memorize the pattern" game here. Again, this is completely replaced by the censorship screen.

This goes for all three incarnations of this minigame.

The second difference is in the abortion clinic. So once the doctor starts to work his magic you only get to see the censorship screen again, this time even with a message that can only described as taunting ("I think you would have liked to see this, dude."). The minigame is, of course, missing because of that too.

The exact same thing happens when you perform an "abortion" on Randy.

And that's it. Not kidding. Those two scenes were, apprently, what kept the already censored version from a 16+ rating. As I explained in the part 1 for this, it's absolutely ridicoulus. Those scenes weren't nearly as offensive and explicit as one might think.
Those scenes are, by the way, missing in ALL OF EUROPE - except the german PC version. This makes it just more absurd. At least the US PS3 version is region free and can be played on any Playstation 3 without problems. But that Germany, of all EU countries, has the least censored version is something very unusual. In return the non-german versions have the nazi symbols in them.


(yeah, I know, it's a bit short and I skipped last week, but I'm busy as all fuck right now and can't blog next monday, so I skipped a week to keep the two-week-rhythm up after that)

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