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The worst thing about censorship is ███████ - 014 - Mortal Kombat on Steam

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'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: Mortal Kombat on Steam

Yesterday, on July the 3rd 2013, Mortal Kombat (9) was released on Steam. While I myself am not too big a fan of the series, I was interested in this particular title. It seems to be a pretty good fighter, but I never got around to buy and play it on consoles. Jinx even wrote a whole blog about the port.

So I merrily clicked on the link in it to purchase it and...

When I saw this, my thoughts went something along the lines of "I hope whoever is responsible for this gets fucked in the ass with pineapples". After calming myself after three more seconds of rage, I found this be another perfect example for this series.

Let's say I want to get MK 9 on Steam now, what options do I have?
- buy it via VPN/proxy
- let someone else from another country buy and gift it to me

Now let's consider the risks because of Steam here:
- if gifted, I can't activate the game (like Sniper Elite V2)
- the game will be removed because I used a VPN
- my account will be deleted because I used a VPN

Although #2 and #3 never happened as far as I know, Steam has the rights to do it, thanks to their dictator EULA. It's shit like this why I hate Steam and I do hate myself, whenever I use it. Not only do I want to give them money for a product and they are like "lol, no, indexed, can't do it" without any legal grounds, no. By selling the original Mortal Kombats (the original MK was the first game to ever get banned in Germany, all of the original trilogy are still indexed) they just kick me in the balls in the same breath. Can I buy the new MK safely with being a bit tricky? Who knows, who cares - right? If I really would want to play it safe here, I'd have to pirate it. But I don't WANT to pirate it. But this is such a prime example what an incosistent mess Steam is. The one indexed game is bad, the other one is a-okay. And MK isn't the only example here (should maybe make a little list for the lulz).

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About OpiumHerzone of us since 3:54 AM on 04.10.2013

German Blogger, writing the series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " (go check it out!) since I like to write about that topic and am invested in it a whole lot. Also writes some other stuff sometimes. Likes to listen to very strange bands and has the ultimate goal in life to taste every soft drink there is at least once.
Pure Gonzo - and while I thank god for Jim Sterling sometimes, I thank god for Hunter S. Thompson every day.

I'm a bastard. Don't trust me. Always keep asking, don let yourself get fed bullshit - not even by me.

I like good games. Yes, that's quite general, but I don't really like confining myself to certain genres. I like interesting approaches, invention and creativity. But I can enjoy a straight-up shooter as much as a "Bastion". It just has to be done well and appeal to me on some level.

Want to know anything else? Just leave a comment under a blog or write a message. Same goes for corrections (please), as English isn't my native language and thus isn't nearly perfect.

Censorship Blogs so far:
001: The System (Part 1)
002: The System (Part 2)
003: The stupid publishers
004: How Germans get uncensored games
005: Bioshock Infinite
006: Call Of Duty
007: Grand Theft Auto
008: Dead Space
009: Manhunt
010: Sniper Elite V2 (again)
011: Fallout
012: Various Games #1
013: Nazis
014: Mortal Kombat 9 on Steam
015: Contra
016: Halo
017: Saints Row
018: All the other stuff
019: Command & Conquer
020: The Lanzarote Convention
021: Various Games #2
022: Half-Life
023: The Legend Of Zelda
024: Various Games #3
025: Various Games #4

026: What system would you prefer
027: South Park - The Stick Of Truth
028: South Park - The Stick Of Truth (Part 2)
029: Various Games #5
030: Wolfenstein
031: Resident Evil (main series)
032: Resident Evil (spin offs)
033: Various Games #6
034: Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty
035: Blacks and women
036: Pokemon
037: Left 4 Dead
038: Left 4 Dead 2

039: 2015 Predictions
040: Dying Light
041: Coca-Cola
042: Pillars of Eternity
043: The Order: 1886
044: Mortal Kombat X

Stuff I also wrote and you should read:

~ Punish the individuals - not the scene they move in
~ My consoles don't fight each other - what's your excuse?
~ But what about the men?
~ Fake gamer girls and the damage they do
~ The Raid On Castle DToid
~ My little guide to german music (NVGR)
~ You should buy Goat Simulator - no, seriously...
~ Gravelord Nito, I love you more than Vanilla Coke
~ Let's clear up the console wars, shall we?

... und Pan spielt die Fl�te.