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Sony: Chinese censorship limiting PS4 sales

SCE challenged by Beijing's restrictions
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Sony feels China's strict censorship laws are limiting the PlayStation 4's potential in the country. "We are still challenged somewhat with a censorship regime that we have to work with. This can be time-consuming," SCE boss ...
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Don't get cocky

Expensive dick moderation helped kill the last LEGO MMO

Minecraft competitor? Don't get cocky
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Someone think about the children! Like my own personal brand, LEGO is a family-friendly, name-stealing company. And so the open-ended, Minecraft-like builder LEGO Worlds has some problem what with immature idiots' propensity ...
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Atlus censoring upcoming RPG for western audiences

Dungeon Travelers 2 avoids AO rating
Apr 24
// Kyle MacGregor
While publishing our initial report on Dungeon Travelers 2, a PlayStation Vita role-playing game based on an erotic visual novel, I wondered what sort of concessions Atlus would have to make to localize such a game for wester...
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YouTube censors

YouTube bans Yandere Simulator anime panty shots, commenters are pissed

To be fair, when aren't YouTube commenters pissed?
Apr 01
// Brett Makedonski
The developer of Yandere Simulator made a recent unfortunate discovery. YouTube removed one of his videos for violating its policy on nudity and sexual content -- a claim that he seemingly vehemently disagrees with. The...

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L4D2 uncensored

Took long enough! Left 4 Dead 2 uncensored in Australia

This is an official screenshot on Steam, by the way
Sep 15
// Jordan Devore
It's sad that Australian gamers are only now getting an uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2, but at least we finally have some closure. After resubmitting the cooperative zombie shooter for classification, Valve is now able t...
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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 on PC is finally reclassified as R18+ in Australia

Thought this was all meant to be fixed by now
Sep 02
// Alasdair Duncan
As a former Australian resident, one thing I don't miss there was the lack of an R18+ rating for videogames; despite the fact that the R18+ rating has now been introduced, there have still been cuts to games like South Park: ...
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Evil Within CENSORED in Japan, Gore Mode DLC unlocks Western version

The evil contained within slightly less evil than anticipated
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
So Japan gets the ability to cattle prod moaning, ass-up anime girls and the rest of the world doesn't (quite). Meanwhile, we get a gross out Evil Within, while in Japan it has been edited down. I assume the same people mad a...
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Criminal Girls' sexual punishment will only be mildly censored

Moans out, fog in
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
A lot of people were upset after NIS America announced it had "edited certain aspects" of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for Western release. The "c" word (censorship) was thrown around nobly as it always seems to be w...
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omg censhorshop!!!!

Sexual punishment probably scrubbed from Criminal Girls western release

Maybe just don't localize it?
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
Criminal Girls: Invite Only, a touched up version of the 2010 PSP game Criminal Girls, is coming to Vita in North America and Europe next year, NIS America announced. Criminal Girls involves guiding seven girls through ...
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Russia brands Sims 4 18+ because of same-sex relationships

Putin the Sims in jail
May 10
// Steven Hansen
Look, The Sims can get villainous. You play god and can deprive a simulated individual of basic necessities or trap them in a swimming pool or whatever. But Adults Only? Due to a backwards 2012 law that restricts the promotio...
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It won't be easy to release console games in China with all the censorship rules

But it will still probably make some people a lot of money while I worry about paying rent
Apr 23
// Steven Hansen
China has lifted the ban on foreign console sales, opening up a potentially huge market (if not per capita, then by volume). There's money to be made, but Chinese regulations aren't going to make it entirely easy. Games in As...
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South Park

South Park: The Stick of Truth censorship 'not that big a deal,' says Matt Stone

They got the last laugh
Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
Speaking to The Guardian about South Park: The Stick of Truth's censorship in Europe and Australia over a scene involving anal probes, series co-creator Matt Stone said "It's not that big a deal. It doesn't change things that...
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South Park

South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored in Europe

Ubisoft has made cuts to seven scenes
Feb 25
// Alasdair Duncan
[Update: The PC version of The Stick of Truth will be censored in the following regions: Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.] Eurogamer has had a look at a document that claims Ubisoft has cut seven...
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Censorship in Germany

Censorship in Germany: How they changed your fav games

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Feb 06
// OpiumHerz
[Dtoid community blogger OpiumHerz shares his experiences gaming in Germany. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Salida dear readers, My name is Jim and I am German. I've b...
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Excerpt from Podtoid #278
In case you missed yesterday's episode of Podtoid, or you're one of those people who won't do anything for more than ten minutes, here's a brief excerpt in which Jonathan Holmes shocks the rest of the cast with news of Nintendo's fascist removal of cartoon buttocks from Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder.

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Stick of Truth

Anal probes and abortion kept South Park from AU rating

Censored version eventually rated R18+
Dec 22
// Wesley Ruscher
Over at IGN, three reports have been obtained detailing the difficulties Ubisoft had with securing a ratings classification for South Park: The Stick of Truth by the Australian Classifications Board, before finally ...

Day One: Garry's Incident developers censoring criticism

Exploiting YouTube's copyright protection is kind of poopy, guys
Oct 21
// Jim Sterling
Wild Games Studio, the company behind Day One: Garry's Incident, is currently caught up in a controversy surrounding criticism of its game on YouTube. Immensely popular PC game critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has accused the ...
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Russia funding patriotism

Russia to fund games 'conducive to patriotic education'

They're Russian to ban certain foreign games, too
Oct 09
// Steven Hansen
The Russian government is taking videogames seriously. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, who also heads The Russian Military History Society, is taking charge on the government's videogame project. The first produc...
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EA being EA

EA censors its own support number on its forums

If nobody calls, it must mean nobody has any complaints!
Mar 16
// Tony Ponce
[Editor's note: As I indicated in the third paragraph, I assumed that blocking the phone number on the forums has likely been a long-standing practice. As ZiggyMoff posted in the comments, Valve does something similar -- repl...

The War Z devs silence dissent, alter Steam store page

More microtransactions patched in, they went back in time and killed Jesus, etc.
Dec 19
// Jim Sterling
Following accusations of lying about its game, The War Z developer Hammerpoint has compounded its guilt by silencing dissent any way it can. On both their official forums and the Steam board, anybody criticizing the game...

Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions

18-rated games locked until 11pm each night
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...

The DTOID Show: Bring on the uncensored violence!

Jun 18
// Tara Long
That's right, folks - I'm back in the studio after a week-long vacation, and I've got my party shoes on! You know, the orthopaedic ones with extra arch support? (I have fragile bones.) Anyway, on today's show, we've got a tr...

Ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened! After years of censorship and outright bans, Australia has finally approved an R18+ age rating for videogames, allowing adults to choose their own entertainment.  "The R 18+ cat...


ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art

Mar 28
// Jim Sterling
The ESRB has made Deep Silver remove a red stain from Risen 2: Dark Waters' box art. This stain will go from red to turquoise, owing to the North American rating board's stance on cover imagery that could represent blood.&nbs...

Lollipop Chainsaw will be censored in Japan

Feb 07
// Chris Carter
Apparently Lollipop Chainsaw is getting the censorship treatment in Japan...unless you're willing to buy the premium version of the game. Two different versions of Suda 51's latest will be released in order to tone down the g...

Twisted Metal delayed and censored in Europe

Feb 03
// Jim Sterling
Twisted Metal is suffering a few localization problems, resulting in the car-on-car violence being delayed in Europe. The game is now due out in March for PAL gamers, although a solid release date is yet to be confirmed. ...

Some German politicians want their own version of SOPA

Jan 31
// Sven Wohl
Members of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union, which form one of the ruling parties in the German government right now, like SOPA so much that they want their own version of it for Germany. While they a...

SOPA -- the online piracy bill that threatens to censor the Internet -- has earned the support of a number of game companies, including Nintendo, Sony and Electronic Arts. One publisher quietly supporting the bill was Microso...


The Jimquisition: Sony, Nintendo, EA and SOPA

Nov 21
// Jim Sterling
The Stop Online Piracy Act may sound innocuous, but it's a nasty little proposition that gives corporations uncontested rights to control what you enjoy on the Internet. Naturally, being a horrible thing, EA can't wait to cl...

Japan asks Saints Row 3 to remove veins from its dick

Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
The Japanese version of Saints Row: The Third is going to be slightly censored after authorities expressed concern over the "Penetrator" melee weapon. For those not up on their innuendo, the penetrator is the giant purple dil...

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