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  • 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.

  • Banned

    @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.

  • Will post later but Negan trailer for Tekken 7 is out.

  • @hanabi It is clear that the Japan offices don't have much say. Everything has to go through the California main offices nowadays and... well you can already see the issues with that.


    Marduk, Armored King, and Julia were announced.

  • @dmcmaster said in That's News!:

    Ok how the fuck does that happen?

    Valve Engineers it so that their games have an economy. It's not something that happened by accident.

    I really recommend watching the GDC talk on the subject:

    Youtube Video

  • @dmcmaster said:

    Ok how the fuck does that happen? You'd think Valve would try and put something in place to prevent something like that happening

    Heck no. They want it to happen, because as owners of Steam, they make a percentage cut from every trade that takes places on the Steam Marketplace, higher value the better.

    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"

    The Switch has definitely positioned itself to be a system for (hipster) adults primarily so far from a marketing standpoints, even if they also release some games with appeal aimed at kids on it. Even if you look at it from that standpoint of keeping something also accessible to kids though, the stuff being censored is so harmless to begin with that there's clearly more politics going on behind the scenes. In the case of Smash Ultimate, like I said before I'm not sure which person had a stick up their butt about the harmless stuff that got targeted, but Nintendo wants that E for Everyone rating so it sells the most copies possible. That's why they caved to this. I don't think it'll be a problem for the next Xeno or FE game, because those games are specifically aimed at smaller, older audiences rather than trying to be catch all umbrella mega sellers.

  • @mbun said in That's News!:

    The Switch has definitely positioned itself to be a system for (hipster) adults primarily so far from a marketing standpoints

    Jokes on them, my beer of choice is Bud Light.

  • The update for Censored Mythra went LIVE in XBC2, and Monolith Soft really um, outdid themselves. [continued laughter]

    Click this tweet and look at the responses if you want to see for yourself.

    Truly the best response to the shitty reality of being told one of your characters is getting censored for ratings nonsense.

  • @mbun
    Fair enough towards Smash bros, however my comment was directed at the Sony rep's comment about their recent censorship policies.
    Which after finding a better translation he didn't actually say anything along the lines of "think of the children " but it was kinda implied, if I remember the wording correctly (read article sometime last night, will find during lunch break)
    However the main issue is mostly boiling down to games already rated M, or CERO Z, and so on being censored/banned despite the fact that they are clearly aimed at older audiences, and having that "think of the children" mentality towards stuff clearly aimed at older audiences is honestly a weak and pathetic excuse in my book.

    Anyway Senran Kagura Director had a quick comment on it


    Starbreeze files for reconstruction, their CEO steps down. Overkill's The Walking Dead's low sales are quoted as the reason. I used to love Starbreeze back in their Riddick days, hope they won't have to close too many studios.