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LONG BLOG

The worst thing about censorship is ███████ - 028 - The Stick Of Truth (Part 2)

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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 started this blog in 2013 and consider this series to be now in Season 2. Fuck yeah! After getting frontpage-famous I'll continue to take stuff from my colleagues at Schnittberichte and recycle that stuff for your enjoyment.

This episode is about: South Park - The Stick Of Truth (Part 2)

So as I said before the SOT PC version was rated 18+ by the USK and basically the only thing they changed were nazi related things.

Now there is also the german console version which was rated 16+. So what else was done here? Well, first off, everything that I wrote in the first entry about the PC version is also missing here. So everything that has to do with Swastikas etc. has a fat, black bar laid over it.

The first difference appears when the player gets abducted by aliens. Once you're inside the ship and you see how others are probed, the already known censorship screen appears until you see yourself strapped to a chair, about to be probed.



Once you get probed and have to mash a button the censorhip sets in again. You just see the screen until the probe exploded and the anteanna is sticking out of your ass.


The second part is about anal probing too, this time with randy. You have to play a little "memorize the pattern" game here. Again, this is completely replaced by the censorship screen.




This goes for all three incarnations of this minigame.



The second difference is in the abortion clinic. So once the doctor starts to work his magic you only get to see the censorship screen again, this time even with a message that can only described as taunting ("I think you would have liked to see this, dude."). The minigame is, of course, missing because of that too.




The exact same thing happens when you perform an "abortion" on Randy.



And that's it. Not kidding. Those two scenes were, apprently, what kept the already censored version from a 16+ rating. As I explained in the part 1 for this, it's absolutely ridicoulus. Those scenes weren't nearly as offensive and explicit as one might think.
Those scenes are, by the way, missing in ALL OF EUROPE - except the german PC version. This makes it just more absurd. At least the US PS3 version is region free and can be played on any Playstation 3 without problems. But that Germany, of all EU countries, has the least censored version is something very unusual. In return the non-german versions have the nazi symbols in them.


Salida

(yeah, I know, it's a bit short and I skipped last week, but I'm busy as all fuck right now and can't blog next monday, so I skipped a week to keep the two-week-rhythm up after that)
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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

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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

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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:
~HOW TO MAKE THE C-BLOGS A BETTER PLACE

~ 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?




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