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The War Z devs silence dissent, alter Steam store page

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 has been eradi...   read

 
 
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Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions

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 locked out of ad...   read

 
 
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The DTOID Show: Bring on the uncensored violence!

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 trailer for the u...   read

 
 
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R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia!

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+ category will info...   read

 
 
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ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art

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.  Deep Silver'...   read

 
 
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Lollipop Chainsaw will be censored in Japan

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 game's violence ...   read

 
 
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Twisted Metal delayed and censored in Europe

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.  In North Amer...   read

 
 
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Some German politicians want their own version of SOPA

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 admit that some ...   read

 
 
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Microsoft retracts support for SOPA via BSA

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 Microsoft, via to its ...   read

 
 
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The Jimquisition: Sony, Nintendo, EA and SOPA

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 climb aboard, alo...   read

 
 
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Japan asks Saints Row 3 to remove veins from its dick

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 dildo that flops a...   read

 
 
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Guess which games were banned in Germany in October

When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, dear readers. So,...   read

 
 
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DOOM and DOOM 2 are no longer pornography in Germany

Today is a very special day, for it is the day that Germans are legally allowed to buy DOOM and DOOM 2 in common high street stores. The two games were previously filed under Media Harmful to Young Persons, which placed them in the sam...   read

 
 
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House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned in Aus

The new version of SEGA's lightgun zombie shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. "A game banned in Australia? Is it lunch time already?" is probably what you're th...   read

 
 
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All Australian Attorneys General now support R18+

It's been a rough week for the Australian video game industry but fortunately, it's not all bad news. In an unprecedented move, every single Attorney General from all states in Australia have now put their support behind an R18+ rating for ...   read

 
 
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Heavy Rain goes light on violence and nudity for France

Heavy Rain is getting a new, re-edited version for the French market called Heavy Rain – Version Modifiée. This is now the third version of the title, after the release of last year's version with Move support. The game got a P...   read

 
 
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Deus Ex getting edits, bonuses for Japanese release

Deus Ex: Human Revolution might not be a Japanese game, but sure as hell it's coming to Japan, if Square Enix has anything to say about it. However, it won't be entering the country unscathed. Its content will need a cou...   read

 
 
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New Destructoid Episode: Hacks, PAX, Mercs, and Freedom!

Hey dudes, whacky awesome exciting news today. First, hacker group LulzSec gave one last hurrah before saying the voyage of their LulzBoat had come to an end. Or something, I don't even know. Second, the United States Supreme Court ruled i...   read

 
 
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Witcher 2 edits out sexual favors for Australian release

Thanks to Australia's namby-pamby rating system, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be released with a minor edit for those residing in the country that gave us Prisoner: Cell Block H.  "The modification was a small change we reque...   read

 
 
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ESRB censors thigh from Dead or Alive Dimensions box art

Seriously? Hot off the heels of Dead Island having to change its logo, Tecmo Koei has revealed that the ESRB has demanded yet more packaging changes -- censoring a few inches of inner thigh from the cover of Dead or Alive Dimensions.  ...   read

 
 
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ESRB censors Dead Island logo

It seems crazy to me that the ESRB has the power to censor logos and box art, but they certainly have the power. They did it with Left 4 Dead 2, and now they're doing it with Dead Island. Having a cool image means nothing when there are sen...   read

 
 
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Saints Row: The Third won't have a fart in a jar

The Saints Row series is, by far, one of the most ludicrously extreme franchises out there. Unfortunately, however, even Volition has standards. According to the studio, trying to censor Saints Row: The Third has been like attempting t...   read

 
 
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Allegory of the Cave Story

Plato would have absolutely loathed video games. It seems crazy to one who has come to know and love the medium, but one of history's most venerated thinkers and teachers would stand proudly in the corner of Jack Thompson and Leland Yee tod...   read

 
 
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Bulletstorm gets heavily censored German version

Those dicktits at the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle have rated a heavily censored version of Bulletstorm, a variant that more or less loses the entire point of the game.  The German edition will not feature ragdoll effects...   read

 
 
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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 material.   ...   read

 
 
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