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 censorhsip, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exklusively). I'll try to post entries at least all two weeks or so. Feel free to comment for suggestions, corrections or critique.
This episode is about: Fallout
When it comes to censorship, Fallout
is quite a complicated affair. Or at least: it became one. In the beginning, not so much. Fallout 1
was censored in the whole of Europe and was missing just one asset: children. The tactic-RPG had children as NPCs in some towns. The dark game it is, you were able to actually shoot the little critters right in the face and kill them. This was at no point necessary and if you would do this, the whole town would hunt you for it. You would even get a negative, permanent Karma note for it. So killing a kid would cost you the whole town (since every citizen would turn aggressive towards you the second you would enter it) and had no single positive aspects. Yet, with the children being removed in the EU version, you couldn't kill them anymore. So the Karma entry and the killcount would never appear.
However, there was little something that was changed with Fallout 3
in general: children were unkillable. You could meet and shoot at them, but the bullets would go right through them and they wouldn't react. I found this, actually, very sad. This change made me realize for the first time that the violence in Fallout, in general, is actually important for it's atmosphere. It's a post apocalyptic world where people just try to survive somehow and at any second, some asshole can come along and kill your future - so to say. It made me realize that in Fallout the violence is actually part of the setting and the atmosphere, rather than just be there for being there.
Besides I would have loved to just show these little shits in Little Lamplight who is boss...
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