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: Command & Conquer
Usually RTS games are not subject of censorship. Because usually they don't contain much gore. It would be too much to call the C&C games gory in any way. However, they have a rich history of censorship. Mostly this is because of a rule that I mentioned earlier. See, back in the days it was enough for a game to get indexed, when you were killing humans or human like enemies. C&C was, besides having human enemies, also somewhat realistic, when opposed to the fatansy set Warcraft series. So it came as no real surprise that multiple entries in the series were censored.
In Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn
the change was simple: remove humans. The troops you commanded and fought were robots! Blood was painted black, death screams were replaced with sounds that resemble... well... a robot being destroyed. Imagine someone would squish a can of Coke all the time. Of course the translation changed several names, so we had for example "farmbots". And civilians that died in a cutscene were marked as "destroyed", which is a bit macabre.
Besides that, some video sequences got censored. In one video sequence a corpse was removed, instead of seeing someone getting shot on camera we see just interference - you get the idea. Even the cover was zoomed, so we don't see the gun.
Then there was one more change. In the credits you see a human soldier in the background while the text is rolling. In the german version the background is just black.
Last but not least there is Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
. Now this game was relatively new, so human enemies were not a problem anymore. Yet, one unit was censored. The so called "Fanatic", resembling the terrorist unit from Generals, blew himself up. He was turned into the Sprengmeister (german for blaster, a person who blows up buildings for his job). He runs at the target in the german version, places his explosives and then runs away into safety.
Also the nuclear weapons were turned in "Aurora"-weapons which was quite stupid, since the nuclear symbol was still in the german version.
But besides that, that one was completly uncensored. The often dreaded Command & Conquer: Renegade
was released uncensored over here, by the way. The game goes for Command & Conquer 4
LOOK WHO CAME: