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 Turning Point: black people and women
And sometimes also about black women. Back in the day one of the things that liked to get censored were black and female characters. This mostly hit action and beat em up games, since you, well, had to beat them up as enemies there. This was considered to be problematic in the western world which led to some censored versions for both the US and EU.
One of the most famous examples would be Final Fight. No, I'm not aiming at the Ivy controversy. In Final Fight 2
two female enemy types were exchanged with male enemies.
In Final Fight 3
, on the other hand, only the japanese version has black enemies. They were recolored for the international release.
was a simple beat em up game that started off as an arcade game and then got ported over to the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis, for you yankees). The port wasn't really all that great to begin with, due to technical limitations. On top of that the non-japanese version got censored. The endbosses Big mama and Big Karate Mama got a little skin recoloring.
A game you might still remember from the SNES was Ninja Warriors: The New Generation
. The intro was reworked here and blood was removed (which is strange because the blood was green to begin with) for the western world. However, this game also featured female Ninja enemies. Those were replaced with some small, monkey like enemies with claws.
Sonic Blast Man
did something that once was supposed to be implemented in Street Fighter
arcade machines. You could hit the arcade cabinet to punch enemies in game! Since this was however bad for your joints the maker got sued and the machine pulled. For the home console port on the Super Nintendo the game got censored again outside of Japan. This time all the female enemies were completely replaced with male equivalents.
Streets Of Rage II
also got hit by the censorship bus. Aside from the final boss not smoking anymore in the western version there was namechange and this one is really strange. You would assume the names would be the other way around due to racial stereotypes, but the character Sammy was renamed to Skate in the western version.
That said has the US version one additional censorship. The female character Blaze can do a jumpkick. Everywhere but in the US version her skirt flies up a bit and you can see her panties, the US version however changed the animation a bit to make this tamer.
That said, just like with religious censorship, stuff like this really isn't a topic anymore. It would most likely cause a little outcry to just remove black or female characters because it would be deemed racist/sexist.