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  • @luka Yea, I don't get the reasoning behind it at all. Actually makes me expect Mythra as part of a future DLC fighter since the only reason I'd expect them to do this is to prevent upskirts, which you can't do with a 2D PNG, even though Mythra wears shorts under the "skirt" anyways. I've been laughing from afar at this whole thing, because while it was clearly intended to make Mythra's appearance less sexy, artists have used the new black stockings / leggings as an excuse to draw even lewder art of her involving them. So yeah, good job with that one idiots. Adding it as a costume to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 seems like Monolith Soft making the best of a bad situation forced onto them, and I appreciate them retroactively making her Smash Ultimate appearance have some sense to it in this way.

    But seriously, who's next? We gonna have to get rid of shirtless Shulk and redesign Bayonetta for Smash just to maintain some rating really innocent stuff like seeing a woman's legs somehow violates now? There was the whole thing with them taking away Snake's butt and downsizing Zero Suit Samus's chest before. I think Snake got his butt back in a more recent version since after loud public complaining about the flattening. I can't see this new change as anything but caving to some ratings person in some region with a stick up their butt about anime style characters who heard some dumb overblown outrage by people not even intending to buy the games involved over Pyra and Mythra's character designs, but since Pyra is wearing a different kind of bottoms the ratings person by definition couldn't object to her, whereas Mythra's more skirt-like one he could actually find a niche clause to harass them with threat of raising the game's rating over if it was not changed.

  • @mbun They have an image to protect and a rating to maintain.

  • Banned

    You mean the makers of a game intended for children want to make the game more suitable for children?



    I figured this game would get delayed anyway considering how little's been shown off so far, but considering how Sony's been lately I'm fully expecting this game to not come out until they can put out a PC/Switch version alongside it, if not getting cancelled outright like Omega Labryinth Z's localization was earlier this year.

  • @el-shmiablo Yes, because wearing a skirt and maybe seeing some legs will cause those poor children to be corrupted. What a world we live in...

  • @hanabi
    This is very interesting, and possibly gives creedence that we will see small to medium size Japanese devs jumping ship to Nintendo, but its definitely a wait and see thing at this point.

  • Banned

    @luka I mean, not that you need a degree in early childhood education and development to know this, but I have a degree in early childhood education and development, and hypersexualized representations of the human form are not exactly high on the list of things children should be exposed to in media.

  • @el-shmiablo said:

    hypersexualized representations of the human form

    A woman wearing a skirt with shorts underneath is hypersexualized representations of the human form? I see worse every time I go to Walmart or any other grocery store.

  • What's the saying one man's censorship is another man's fetish?

  • Maybe move the conversation to a new topic or something guys? I'm not against it but this back and forth is coming across more as bickering rather than a meaningful discussion.

  • @mbun Lol, well said. Kids wear less these days in public than what a handful of people are freakin' out about with Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

    Anyways, back to news and I don't remember seeing this here:

    Some pictures of the new limited edition PS4 Slim KH3 edition. It is gorgeous.

  • Some new screens of Re2make

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    Btw this dawned on me recently, but there's been a rumor floating around that RE2MAKE will feature some new content, specifically a school allegedly for Claire's scenario that will have zombie children. If this turns out true I have a feeling (well probably more of a guarantee) that RE2make will get a good smattering of controversy not long after release.

  • Hoeg Law is out here making power plays in the media outside of EZA:

    But Richard Hoeg of Hoeg Law told that the odds of the threatened lawsuit going anywhere are essentially zero. "In general, software is not sold to users, it is licensed. Because of that, use of any software is subject to the terms of the licensing contract," he explained. Some countries do have more consumer-friendly refund requirements—recall Valve's years-long beef with Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission—but ZeniMax covers that base with the "required by applicable law" statement.

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    @luka If you honestly don't think that Pyra and Mythra are insanely oversexualized, I'm not sure what to tell you. I work with children every day and personally have never seen any of them with exposed underwear, microskirts, or boob windows, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that children should not be exposed to hypersexualization in media.

    But hey, how about them videogames?


  • Ok how the fuck does that happen? You'd think Valve would try and put something in place to prevent something like that happening, I mean I can see how it can happen with real physical cards, but just how?

  • Banned

    @dmcmaster Buddy of mine made 300 dollars opening his first and only CSGO crate.
    That is small fries compared to what some items go for on Steam.

  • @el-shmiablo
    Like I knew skin Trading was a big thing, didn't know you could make that much from it though.

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan president, Atsushi Morita, finally addressed the censorship regulations that Sony has employed for PS4 games, speaking at the Japan Studio “Fun” Meeting that took place in Tokyo, Japan on December 1st, 2018. The event was themed around a celebration of SIE Japan Studio’s projects, but was also open to some fan questions. The news was picked up by, which briefly covered some of the topics Morita addressed while at the meet-and-greet.

    Morita explained that there was no “profound meaning” behind the decision other to match global regulation, saying…

    “Regarding the regulation of the depiction of content, it’s simply a matter of matching global standards.​

    “As for the freedom of expression… we have to think about what might be unpleasant for children and shield them from those things while also thinking and assessing ways to find a balance [for that expression].”​


    One of the numerous responses that I think hits the nail on the head:
    So essentially Morita was fed a “think of the children” line regarding the current censorship policies being applied for PlayStation 4 games, globally.

    However, this doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense when you actually “assess” the games that are being censored.

    For instance, Omega Labyrinth Z was already rated for a mature audience, yet Sony completely banned it from being released in the West even though it was already out in Japan.

    Mary Skelter 2 was also already rated and released for a mature audience, yet Sony had the localization team to censor the game’s interactive “Purification” mode via a post-launch patch… in China. Worse yet is that the post-launch patch broke the game for many Chinese gamers, which forced them to have to Jerry-rig a method in order to roll the game back to version 1.00 just to properly progress through the game.

    In that case, it was a mature game for mature audiences, so according to Morita’s standards, why was it censored?

    This also applied to other third-party games aimed at older audiences, including Silverio Trinity and Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, both of which had to be censored despite being rated for mature audiences. The upcoming Senran Kagura 7EVEN will also have to be censored for release on PS4, even though it, too, was supposed to be designed with the CERO D crowd in mind (or at least it was).

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    I could almost see the argument for censorship like this in a children's game (even if I disagree vehemently; I don't think a kid's mind is going to be horribly warped by a static PNG of an anime girl in a skirt) but trying to use it when discussing games rated M in the US or D in Japan is absurd. It's as stupid as saying we should censor every first person shooter so everybody's a robot and they bleed oil and gib into springs because blood in a game made for adults might hurt a 6 year old's precious eyes. A plea to morality is just an excuse to justify trying to play thought police for people who enjoy things you don't.

  • So I guess we really will see a mass exodus of small to medium Japanese devs to Switch or PC, and that "for the children" excuse is something I always find BS, and it honestly feels like a comment made by someone who still views games as "just for kids"

    No offense though I'd totally play a FPS with robots that gibed into springs and oil, or rather I'd play the sequel if Activision ever remembers they own Metal Arms.