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 2
Unlike with Left 4 Dead, the sequel got only one censored version in Germany. This time the banhammer hit harder than before though. L4D got indexed on list B but german justice went full retard on the second part. In February of 2010 the US version of the game got confiscated (the UK version follow in March 2013 - because logic!).
No I know that L4D2 is censored in Australia too, I don't know however to which extend. It MIGHT be that the version is identical, it might be that it is not. I don't have a comparison for it at hand so I can't really say too much about it.
First thing that got hit in Germany was the cover again. The ripped off thumb got retouched for Germany.
There is also an alternative version for the UK. Because the island dwellers don't know how to use their middle fingers properly showing middle- and index-finger like the cover does is an insult. So it got changed for obvious reasons.
The first thing that got hit pretty hard was the intro. It's a mixture of missing scenes (Ellis shoots the zombie a hole in his head, Rochelle slams an axe into a Zombie's face, the Smoker's tongue gets sawn off) and the removal of gore and bloods. Basically everything too explicit was removed or edited, meaning the Zombie apocalypse is a pretty clean thing in Germany.
As for the game itself, it got scrubbed too. First off every kind of splatter effect was completely removed. Flying legs, parts of meat being shot out of the Zombies bodies, heads being cut off - all that is completely gone. Event the ripped apart, bloody post-explosion Boomer body was completely removed. There is also a sort of special death animation where the Zombie in question is loosing part of it's colon. This animation was removed too. Same goes for the burning animation. Instead of dying painfully in the flames the Zombies pretty much just drop dead instantly.
Blood is still in the game when you hit enemies, but that's it. There are no blood splatters on the walls or the ground anymore. Blood from decorative corpses has been colored black. The survivors have been compeltely cleaned. They don't get any sort of wounds anymore, even when another player shoots at them. There are no blood splatters on the screen anymore when you hit an enemy at close range and also the melee weapons don't get covered in blood anymore.
Last but not least corpses dissolve pretty much instantly again. This means the corpse ragdoll is also out of the window.
That's it for this time. check in again next week when the big Christmas Giveaway will start. You can get games for freel. Lots of them.