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Posts tagged “censorship”

Rainbow Six Siege will keep skulls, slots, and neon boob after all

Ubisoft have decided to keep skull imagery, blood splats, gambling machines, and a neon breast in Rainbow Six Siege, three weeks after announcing plans to remove them to sanitise the game for launch in new Asian markets. Not everywhere is so keen on such things, y'know. Many players were unhappy with these cosmetic changes in maps and UI icons, I'm sure you can imagine. Ubisoft…

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Germany relaxes ban on Nazi symbols in video games

After decades of banning swastikas and such symbols of Nazis and other "unconstitutional organisations" from games, German authorities will now potentially allow them - if they serve an artistic or educational purpose. This "social adequacy" clause has allowed these symbols to be used in other artistic mediums but wasn't previously applied to video games (which only became art, as we all know, through BioShock Infinite…

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Valve chap says last night’s Steam sexy search filtering was a mistake

Those with their ear to the pipes might've heard rumblings last night about Steam's search feature hiding all games with a whiff of wallopers and/or jubblies, seemingly a huge break from Valve's supposed stance of not restricting content on Steam. A variety of games, from jiggly-bedicked party platformer Mount Your Friends 3D to steamy comedy Ladykiller In A Bind, were briefly filtered out from everyone's…

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What the hell is Steam doing with VNs right now?

Okay. Here's... here's the thing. I've learned more about visual novels in the last 24 hours than I've known in the last 33 years of my life. Most of what I've learned is that VNs are doing a lot of cool things, and some other VNs? Those VNs are doing dangerous things. And the one universal rule of video game distribution is still in effect:…

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The ecstasy of Agony will only be uncut for PC gamers

Feels like it has been a while since a game was in the news for clashing with the ratings board. Outlast 2 is the last example I can remember where the threat of the dreaded Adults Only (AO) would be handed down to a title, preventing it from releasing on consoles. Well, the Kickstarter funded twisted Hell journey Agony has been leaning into its promise…

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Malaysia blocks Steam to ban religious fighting game

The Malaysian government has blocked access to the whole Steam store in an attempt to ban Fight of Gods [Steam page], a new fighting game where deities from Jesus to Odin punch each other in the face. The game is a threat to the "solidarity, harmony and wellbeing of the multi-racial and multi-religious people in the country", an official said. The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia…

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19 years later, Half-Life is uncensored in Germany

That's a long time to wait to find out what really happens when you shoot a Barnacle creature. Germany has long been notorious for the strict limitations it placed on videogame content, and the noble Half-Life was a particularly infamous victim of the censor's stamp. Until now. That means no more robots instead of soldiers, no more barnacles spewing nuts and bolts instead of blood…

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Australian Parliament To Create R18+ Category For Games

The death of decent society comes ever closer with the news that the Australian Parliament is creating a category for those ultraviolent games you might have read about or envisaged in your bleakest nightmares. Now it falls to the individual States and Territories to pass their own complementary legislation for regulation and, if all goes well, by the first of January 2013 "adults [will be]…

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Australia To Ban Rest Of World, Probably.

This is pretty much straight news-blogging. It'd be easy to editorialise on it, but I suspect you know exactly what I'm going to say. Australia is already known for its lack of an actual real 18/R rating, so banning any game that would get over a 15 here. It's also known for its [forwarding - Ed] net-censoring, with active network-level blocking of sites [being proposed…

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Should Gaming Age Ratings Be Enforced?

The New Zealand government's Chief Censor, Bill Hastings, has suggested that parents who buy games for under-age children should be prosecuted. Describing the policy as "shock value", he told New Zealand's The Dominion Post (reported by Stuff.co.nz), "It would send out a message that the enforcement agency means business." Any time government officials start trying to get involved in videogaming matters, the response is quick…

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