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The worst thing about censorship is ███████ - 033 - Various Games #6

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 Various Games #6.

You might remember that I once mentioned that Doom 64 got censored in Japan? The same censorship befell another id FPS on the N64 - Hexen aka Beyond Heretic. As with Doom the censorship here for the japanese market was very simple: red blood was colored green, everything else was kept the same. Everywhere else in the word this game is uncensored.

Another classic most people wouldn't think of when you mention censorship is Ice Climbers. In this case you can get the uncensored version just in Japan (I actually don't know if the Virtual Console versions are censored too or maybe even censored worldwide). An enemy was exchanged. In the original version you weren't clobbering Yetis but seals. This was changed most likely due to the association with seal clubbing.

Then there was Robocop for the Playstation 2. And yes, it was as shitty as it looks on the screenshot. The censorship in this case was for the german version, rated 16+, only. It was, again, about blood. To cut it short: blood was removed. That's all, next.

Going back a bit further in time again we arrive at a game called Space Invasion. You have most likely never heard of this game, right? That's because you know it under another name: Commando. The scrolling shooter got somewhat famous as a classic and has a simple premise. You are a soldier and you shoot other soldiers. But as we all know: shooting humans was a no-go back in the day in Germany. So we renamed it "Space Invasion" and changed the soldiers to robots. Both on the cover and in the game. Even the transporters were changed to look more futuristic.

Last but not least: do you remember the RPG Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines? If not, you should be ashamed of yourself and fix that mistake. This great title, rated 16+ over here, got censored in one teensy bit. Someone gets decapitated in the intro... but not in the german version. When it's chopping time it just jumps to the next scene.

That was it for today. See you next time.
I'll also start streaming some shit for Streamtoid soon. Don't know what, really, but when you're free on a wednesday noon (1pm Chicago time) feel free to tune in.
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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.

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