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: Dying Light
Okay, so first off, some might wonder where I have been. Around. I have been inactive recently simply because I didn't really had much to say on the topic of games. I played Dying Light, I liked it, I played Dragon Age 3, I liked it (Review in progress) and now I wait for GTA V to be released. When it comes to blogging I can be pretty uncreative, I'm no Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon, so I deemed it the better option to shut my fucking piehole instead of writing something (I could have harped on gender stuff or GamerGate or stereotypes being used in games and why they don't matter or about the fucking dipshits that cried to Obsidian now - but really, nobody would have wanted to read that and I didn't want to write it).
But hey, censorship time, right? So, you may remember this entry here. Now what was my prediction for Techland's Zombie survival game Dying Light? Let's quote.
Game: Dying Light
Chances for uncut release: maybe, but I doubt it.
What will happen: from what I saw the gore in this game wasn't actually too groundbreaking, considering what was promised by Techland here. Still, it was enough to get Dead Island denied a classification. If the game hits a lucky day it might pass. If it won't pass, however, I can see it getting indexed.It was already announced it fell through the USK rating at this point, so this is kinda out of the game, but we saw a censored version at the Gamescom. Let's wait.
So, let's talk a bit about Dying Light, shall we? To make it short: FUCKING! CALLED! IT!
Techland showed of Dying Light last year on the german Gamescom in a censored version. They had to do so because the uncut version of the demo didn't get a rating. The censored version they created was still rated 18+ and I haven't seen it, so I can't say exactly how much they removed.
Then in January we got the confirmation: Dying Light would see no release in Germany. At all. The USK denied the full version a release, even in the censored version they gave a rating for before. Now of course this was only a demo and they had to get the full game checked by the ratings board again (if you're asking yourself why they had to go through the process again after getting a rating for the Gamescom). Techland refused apparently to censor the game any further and decided to skip the german release, but thankfully they weren't stupid enough to implement a regionlock. Just buying a US version works totally fine. Or any other version, in fact.
That is, however, not the end of the line. On February 11th it was reported that Dying Light got "temporarily indexed". This is indeed something special. These "flash indexings" don't happen too often and are only used when there is a suspicion of an acute violation of german law (remember: if a game gets confiscated it's because a judge decides it's violating german law!). The last thing I can remember where this happened was when our now defence minister, then minster for social matters, women, family and health, Ursula fucking von der Leyen, found the Rammstein album Liebe ist für alle da in her kids room and didn't like the music (the album got taken off the index soon after which was a nice slap to the face of this cunt).
Aaanywho, Dying Light got temporary indexed on February 11th of 2015. Today the BPjM released their pamphlet with the indexed and confiscated titles of the month and, lookie lookie: Dying Light got indexed on list A. This means it won't get confiscated anymore and my prediction came true. Since the game didn't get a german release anyway it doesn't matter too much to begin with though. Literally nothing changed. Boom, headshot, next.
In my list of predictions were also Bloodborne and Resident Evil Revelations 2, which already released too, so I'll take a look at them soon too.