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: Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead was one of those games that didn't have it easy in Germany. Being literally a bloody good time it was announced early the game would arrive censored in Germany. For some strange reason the X-Box 360 Version and the PC version were censored differently, even though they were both rated with the same rating (18+ - yes, even in the censored version). The game got indexed on the so called B List, means the board that indexed the game saw a juristical relevance here and stated the game would glorify violence, making it a candidate to get confiscated.
The first and most obvious censorship hit the cover. The ripped of thumb was a bit too much and so the thumb was added back. The same censorship hit the japanese version by the way.
And last but not least any ragdoll effects are gone in both versions too.
Overall the german versions got butchered pretty hard. Right next to it's sequel Left 4 Dead is one of the most censored games in recent times and it's somewhat surprising Valve went the extra mile here. Usually companies these days decide to just not release the game instead. The question which way is better is up to debate. This level of censorship was unacceptable to me however. I want blood and gore in my Zombie settings, it just belongs together for me and I can't imagine "clean" Zombies. It's just part of the fun.
Salida and until next time