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'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 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 Various Games #5
In honor of the death of H.R. Giger what would be more fitting than starting this episode with a comparison for an Alien Game? Alien Trilogy is a PC classic from 90s. As I mentioned before human enemies were something the ratings board didn't take too kindly to human like enemies. So the human soldiers and cyborgs in the game were simply replaced with Aliens as enemies.
And just as in other shooters you find "prisoners" that are tied to the walls with some sort of slime. In the german version they don't mutter stuff like "Help me" or "Kill me". If you do them the favor the gore was completely removed.
Another game with aliens in it was the N64 game Body Harvest. This one was a bit of a unique case. The german version was multilingual, it contained german, english and french language. Only when you played it in german it was censored. Once you switch the language you have actually the uncensored version. This was something that is usually exclusive to PC games and not common on console games.
What was censored? Well, human blood of course. Be it when humans get shot, eaten by the aliens or blood comes out from under the corpses, it is gone when you play the game in german.
To stay with the alien topic, which is unintentionally actually, let's talk about R-Type III. There was one enemy that was censored in the SNES version and it shows pretty much how Nintendo liked to "clean up" their games for the western market. The left screenshot is from the japanese version and I'll just let the picture speak for itself.
So, let's stay with the aliens topic, why not? SAILOR MOON for the SNES! Ha, got you fooled there. So there were a hand full of Sailor Moon games for the SNES. From Beat em up to RPG, everything was represented. One of it actually managed it over the big pond. First off the complete intro was removed for whatever reason. Maybe the story revealed in that was too brutal? I really can't make any sense of that. Fact is, however: the intro with the story is only available in the Mega Drive version (or Sega Genesis if you live in a stupid burger eating country). The SNES version only contains stills of the girls and credits and data from the girls. Strangely enough those are in french.
The "real" censorship however when the Sailor Senshis change into their battle costumes. Again: Nintendo liked their games totally clean, so stuff like buttocks or even suggested genitals were an absolute no go. You'll get the idea.
Okay, one last game for today. The game Giants: Citizen Kabuto was actually uncensored in Germany and censored in the US (and in the german PS2 version for whatever reason). So you might already guess what we got here: titties. Yes, the character Delphi is wearing a bra in the censored version while we can see her wonderful pixely nipples in the german version. Freude schöner Götterfunken.
Alright, that's it for today. Maybe there will be another episode even this week. Wolfenstein The New Order seems to become a neat little clusterfuck of censorship.