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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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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 stink, since Germ...   read

 
 
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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 World War II, and H...   read

 
 
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EA loses spine, drops Taliban from Medal of Honor

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 ...   read

 
 
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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 how our moms rais...   read

 
 
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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 will have plen...   read

 
 
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 of all violent acts and it will all magically go away by having these evil games thrown away.

The game dumping event took place this past Saturday and a total of three games and one CD were tossed into the garbage. One was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2, one was (what looks like) Battlefield and the third game was Small Soldiers for the Game Boy. 

The video above is a news report about the event and dramatically shows a couple of kids tossing said games into the dumpster. Here's another news report that features more exaggerations. Someone also recorded the whole dumping of the games and you can see the cameraman making the kids throw the games in a few times. Here's another video of all the games for laughs. 

As you can see, this event was a huge failure. As some of you noted in the original story, this group was organized by parents of the kids that were killed in a shooting in the same city. The shooter was a fan of Counter-Strike and this, to the parents, automatically meant that there's a link between violent games and violent behavior.

These parents are grieving, but this is not the way to go about it. Getting people to toss their games that they bought with their hard earned money (games in Germany are ridiculously priced) and creating a big show about it won't work. Educating your kids, being involved in their lives and teaching them the difference between right and wrong, that's how you make sure your kids don't end up as giant f**k ups. 

[via IroN1c's C Blog]

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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 of all violent acts and it will all magically go away by having these evil games thrown away.

The game dumping event took place this past Saturday and a total of three games and one CD were tossed into the garbage. One was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2, one was (what looks like) Battlefield and the third game was Small Soldiers for the Game Boy. 

The video above is a news report about the event and dramatically shows a couple of kids tossing said games into the dumpster. Here's another news report that features more exaggerations. Someone also recorded the whole dumping of the games and you can see the cameraman making the kids throw the games in a few times. Here's another video of all the games for laughs. 

As you can see, this event was a huge failure. As some of you noted in the original story, this group was organized by parents of the kids that were killed in a shooting in the same city. The shooter was a fan of Counter-Strike and this, to the parents, automatically meant that there's a link between violent games and violent behavior.

These parents are grieving, but this is not the way to go about it. Getting people to toss their games that they bought with their hard earned money (games in Germany are ridiculously priced) and creating a big show about it won't work. Educating your kids, being involved in their lives and teaching them the difference between right and wrong, that's how you make sure your kids don't end up as giant f**k ups. 

[via IroN1c's C Blog]

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German groups 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...  
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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 of all violent a...   read

 
 
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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 story about sor...   read

 
 
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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 treatment of the ...   read

 
 
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