First off, since I didn't blog around easster: HAPPY ZOMBIE JESUS DAY everybody. Hope you had some nice, blue eggs.
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 3. Damn straight! 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: The Order: 1886
Now, for once it wasn't Germany that got the short end of the stick. Naw son. The Order got rated 18+ by the USK and reached german shores without any form of edits. No, this time it was Japan who got the short end. Now I already mentioned that Japan is no stranger to censoring games, even games they made themselves (Resident Evil 4 comes to mind). The Order got the CERO Z rating over there, which is the highest possible rating the Japs give out.
The censorship was to be expected however, since the trailer for the game already got a little special treatment in Japan. Scenes that showed explicit gore or close shots of violence were replaced with more harmless/other scenes.
So it was safe to assume that the game would release censored too and that assumption would have turned out to be true. The interesting thing though is that the ingame violence, meaning in fights with enemies, is totally uncensored. One would habe assumed, given how the trailer was edited, that battle gore got hit by the scissors, but that isn't the case. There is only one thing that got censored in regards to violence. You visit a Sanitarium at one point in the game and find mangled corpses. The damage texture for some of them have been changed so the corpses don't look as maimed as in the uncensored version.
And that is al that was removed in regards to violence. Shooting off limbs in battle is still totally a thing you can do.
However, being somewhat famous for containing nudity, both male and female, this part got edited by the Japanese. In two scenes the nipples of topless women were edited out. They were simply brushed over with skin color and it looks strange to say the least.
From then on there was some alternative material to prevent showing sex in progress and male dick. The frontal nudity of men wasn't acceptable either so they gave one dude some pants and simply removed the penis of another one (this scenes were very dark, so enlarged screenshots were taken) or made the picture darker so the penis was literally overshadowed.
This is a bit of a strange one. Alternative material for sex and just making dicks disappear (something everybody of you should learn, you'll never know when you need 20 bucks) is kinda normal, even though there was nothing explicit in these scenes to begin with. Outlast featured more dick than this. But going so far to just brush over the nipples is one foot in the realm of ridiculousness. But they, at least Germany got all the blood, all the gore and all the sex for once. Victory achieved!