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11:20 AM on 02.07.2011

Schafer: Self-censorship stops games being funny

Psychonauts developer Tim Schafer is known for putting a heavy element of humor in his games, but the cult designer wants more. He believes that games aren't funny enough, and it's because of studios vetting their own materia...

Jim Sterling





2:00 PM on 01.18.2011

Dead Space 2 delayed in Germany due to censorship

Oh Germany, you so censorship! The German release of Dead Space 2 has been delayed due to the country's ever-vigilant social nannies getting upset again. The inclusion of a "friendly fire" multiplayer option has caused the st...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.04.2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops getting stupid German censorship

Call of Duty: Black Ops is undergoing a number of heavy edits when it releases in Germany. Among the cuts is a soundtrack omission, with Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil getting snipped because it's 100% about Worl...

Jim Sterling



EA loses spine, drops Taliban from Medal of Honor photo
EA loses spine, drops Taliban from Medal of Honor
by Jim Sterling

Looks like the whining and bitching of mainstream press and the mothers of dead soldiers has finally gotten to Electronic Arts. Despite repeatedly standing by its decision to include the Taliban in Medal of Honor, the publisher has finally lost its balls and decided to cut their inclusion.

EA's Greg Goodrich explains the team is reacting to feedback "from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game.

"This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force."

I'm sorry, but I don't quite get how the friends and families of fallen soldiers have earned the right to dictate what people can and can't put in their games. If anything, their emotional investment makes me less confident of their judgement. The whole reaction to Medal of Honor has been ludicrous, ill informed and completely reeked of the idea that videogames aren't allowed to do anything even vaguely topical. 

It's Electronic Arts that I'm more disappointed in, however. Despite support from gamers and support from men and women serving in the military, EA has bent the knee to the vocal minority and sent the message that publishers can be bullied into towing the line by hysterical housewives and shit-stirring tabloids. 

Still, at least the families can go back to acting outraged that their sons who willingly joined the military were killed in a war full of guns and bombs. I much preferred them when they were doing that.

Multiplayer Change [MedalOfHonor.com]

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4:00 PM on 08.28.2010

Videogames and the pursuit of harmless entertainment

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or ho...

Andrew Kauz

8:30 PM on 11.02.2009

Left 4 Dead 2: Censored edition

As we all know by now, Valve has had to edit Left 4 Dead 2 because Australia's rating system is demented and won't allow any game deemed unfit for fifteen-year-olds. Unfortunately, this means that the zombie splattering game...

Jim Sterling

5:00 AM on 10.19.2009

German group's 'game burning' protest was a huge failure

Last week, we told you about the German group attempting a modern-day book burning by having people bring in their violent videogames and toss them into the garbage. The Action Alliance believes that videogames are the root o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:40 PM on 10.02.2009

Ben Heck makes Halo 3 controller for Tucker Max movie

It's funny how you often meet people on the Internet through unusual and fleeting circumstances.  For example, weeks ago I'd heard that they were making a Tucker Max movie so I checked out the site, bracing myself for a ...

Niero Gonzalez

4:00 PM on 08.24.2009

EA: German game restricitions are censorship

Most people who aren't German politicians will tell you that Germany's reaction to so-called "killer games" is childish and ludicrous. Gamers, the gaming press and developers have all voiced dismay over Germany's tr...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 08.07.2009

World of Warcraft back in China with new government changes

I'm glad my country's government doesn't give a sh*t about what I play or how long I play it. Come to think of it, I wouldn't be much of a case for "bad games" anyway, as aside from the occasional eroge (don't judge...

Dale North

7:00 AM on 07.29.2009

NPR talks about the Six Days In Fallujah controversy

If you talk to me regularly, you probably know that I'm a big fan of NPR and listen almost every day. You should too, particularly because they've been seriously discussing video games more and more in the past few months. Ye...

Jonathan Ross

8:30 PM on 06.26.2009

Australia is also banning Second Life

Australia's censorship crusade continues! Yesterday, we talked about how the Australian government was about to start censoring the Internet, and today we find out that Second Life is also about to be blocked. I think the cou...

Jim Sterling





3:40 PM on 06.25.2009

Australia censoring the Internet, blocking out M-rated games

The Australian Government has officially gone drunk with power. Not content to heavily butcher and/or outright ban videogames that don't conform to their horribly outdated MA15+ age rating cap, the Australian authorities are ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 AM on 06.21.2009

Owning RapeLay might be a federal offense

Time to start scrubbing those hard drives, kids. A recent article over at GamesPolitics suggests that owners of the controversial hentai title, RapeLay, could be found guilty of possessing child pornography in US courts.This ...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:20 PM on 06.17.2009

Left 4 Dead 2 cover art changed to appease ESRB

It's not just raging Steam boycotters that Valve has upset with the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2. According to the studio, the ESRB has also shown concern, causing Valve to edit the original cover art for the game which show...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 03.26.2009

Animal Crossing censorship ENRAGES adult players

Today, we received a furious email from an incensed Animal Crossing fan, absolutely horrified by the fact that a new  update to the game has censored "bad" words. For Christina and her friend, there was no grea...

Jim Sterling