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OpiumHerz avatar 12:03 PM on 07.29.2014  (server time)
The worst thing about censorship is ███████ - 033 - Various Games #6

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 #6.

You might remember that I once mentioned that Doom 64 got censored in Japan? The same censorship befell another id FPS on the N64 - Hexen aka Beyond Heretic. As with Doom the censorship here for the japanese market was very simple: red blood was colored green, everything else was kept the same. Everywhere else in the word this game is uncensored.

Another classic most people wouldn't think of when you mention censorship is Ice Climbers. In this case you can get the uncensored version just in Japan (I actually don't know if the Virtual Console versions are censored too or maybe even censored worldwide). An enemy was exchanged. In the original version you weren't clobbering Yetis but seals. This was changed most likely due to the association with seal clubbing.

Then there was Robocop for the Playstation 2. And yes, it was as shitty as it looks on the screenshot. The censorship in this case was for the german version, rated 16+, only. It was, again, about blood. To cut it short: blood was removed. That's all, next.

Going back a bit further in time again we arrive at a game called Space Invasion. You have most likely never heard of this game, right? That's because you know it under another name: Commando. The scrolling shooter got somewhat famous as a classic and has a simple premise. You are a soldier and you shoot other soldiers. But as we all know: shooting humans was a no-go back in the day in Germany. So we renamed it "Space Invasion" and changed the soldiers to robots. Both on the cover and in the game. Even the transporters were changed to look more futuristic.

Last but not least: do you remember the RPG Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines? If not, you should be ashamed of yourself and fix that mistake. This great title, rated 16+ over here, got censored in one teensy bit. Someone gets decapitated in the intro... but not in the german version. When it's chopping time it just jumps to the next scene.

That was it for today. See you next time.
I'll also start streaming some shit for Streamtoid soon. Don't know what, really, but when you're free on a wednesday noon (1pm Chicago time) feel free to tune in.

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