Censorship topic (out of the news thread)

  • I'm living in germany and I will never understand why (especially in US) violence in media and guns / weapons in your neighbourhood are more accepted than some nudity and "sexual innuendo" including their representations in games.

    I mean... we all are nude under our clothes (it is the most natural thing there is) and sex (with a consenting adult partner or with yourself) is a very healthy and fun activity. An orgasm helps you sleep better, combats stress, lowers risk of prostate cancer, reduces risk of heart attacks, helps staying in shape or loosing weight, improves your skin, strengthens the immune system, relieves headaches (and helps with migraines).

    Somehow it is a taboo to talk about or showcase sexuality in any way? But violence and weapons (tools designed to hurt and kill people) are ok?

    That is just crazy to me...

    Have platform holders like Sony or Steam legally the "right" to limit or prohibit sexual content in media on their platform, resulting in developers have to censor their product? Sadly, yes... especially konsoles are closed systems and the platform holder has the ultimate power to allow or disallow any content he wants. I wish it was otherwise, but it isn't.

    Could these platform holders or the game industry instead implement a more effective (and needed) system for youth protection? Also, yes... but currently it is more cost effective (and socially accepted) for them to just censor games and government officials aren't interested either to "defend" or at least "regulate" the rights of developers to include sexual content in their games (while nobody cares about violence in games).

    All that doesn't mean, that there aren't some disgusting, sexist and / or degrading "sex games" and (due to the still mainly male audience) an overpresentation of female objectification in sexual content or that everybody has to like (and buy) games with sexual content. But there is also no real social discussion about these topics either, because the easy way is to just censor or prohibit sexual contents in games.

    At the moment this mainly affects sexual content in games. In the future it may include other controversial topics (see Youtube and their policies regarding not monetizing "undesirable" for example "political" topics).

  • So the Chinese Ethic board seems to be looking at some very popular games and not quite liking a lot in them, from what I understand this hasn't led to any actions yet, but it certainly seems like something that could have a big effect on decisions moving forward if these games do end banned or having to make changes, at least for the chinese market.


  • Really tough topic to tackle. My two cents is, like some others, I'm not familiar with the titles that are being censored so I'm personally not being effected too much. While those games don't interest me I don't think they should be banned or censored. However, if the platform doesn't want those games on their system that is their right to deny them or ask for them to be altered to be sold on their platform.

    If this pisses you off, let Sony know. Write them on twitter and anywhere else you can, don't buy their products. Buy products that do support your interest or support not censoring games. Also understand that not everyone is going to be as passionate about this as you may be. Others, I'd bet a large portion, won't see this as an issue, but I do think it's important to know that this is happening.

  • Censorship is never good, ever... Change my mind

  • @the_andredal

    But... but... those games that I never would buy offend me personally! Therefore they should be censored/banned! /s

  • @themarcv I've already abandoned Sony. I got Tetris Effect used solely because of these policies and I don't intend to pick up any future releases beyond that. If I do, it's going to be the same deal where I get it secondhand. My PS4 isn't even connected to the internet at this point.

  • if Sony continues this, i will switch to Xbox next generation

  • @hanabi

    And that's completely in your right to do. If this issue is where you draw the line, draw the line like you have. I would even tell Sony that these choices have made you no longer want their products. The only thing that is kind of collateral damage is the devs of the games you buy used. They had no say in what Sony does/doesn't allow but you buying their game used basically means they get nothing from your purchase,however that is just how this industry is right now.

  • @the_andredal

    If that's the breaking point for you, you should. Just curious, would this stance be because you personally were looking forward to the games that are being censored or just on the general principle.

    This issue for me hasn't gotten anywhere near the point were I'm wiling to boycott the system (I honestly just love their first party stuff too much) but I wonder where others fall. I don't like censorship but the honest truth for me is that it'd have to get really bad before I'd be willing to boycott the system. Like I stated before, I don't like censorship but I also feel like if a company doesn't want to carry a title or will only carry it if things are censored that's in their rights. I didn't like the no blood in MK for SNES, but I still played and bought SNES games.

  • It's the principle of censorship. I stood with Sony because of the anti consumer stuff MS did with the start of Xbox's last generation. I am willing to think of the idea if they continue this path. Because last time they got cocky, we got the PS3 that was overpriced and way too complicated console for devs

  • @the_andredal Mhm. Microsoft and Nintendo have been making the right moves, while Sony has been routinely fucking up - hard. I refuse to buy any PS game new, unless the game has zero censorship. The next console will probably be a year+ wait once it releases, unless Sony reverts these asinine changes.

  • @luka
    Well that change petition I posted (or I think I posted here) said they would have some Skype discussion with the person behind these policies, and I think they are going to stream it

  • @dmcmaster I must have missed that. Got another link? Would love to see that live.

  • @luka
    I'll see if I can find it again.

  • Banned

    Don't worry, guys.


    Your waifus are safe.

  • @luka
    So Luka, I just want to understand your stance. If any game is censored on PS4 you won't buy it new, maybe used then. However if a game is not censored you have no problem buying that new. Are the games that are being censored games you would have bought new? I get this stance but I'm curious if this is stopping you from getting games you normally would have.


  • I have a general question for the board, has there ever been a game that made you kinda of uncomfortable to play? For me that game was Dragon's Crown, I love that game, had a blast playing it and bought it three times (PS3,Vita and PS4). However I really didn't like the over sexual design of the amazon and sorcerer among some other characters. I personally wouldn't have mind having the option to kind of cover them up, I didn't buy the game to look at bouncing boobs or shaking booty, I just wanted a fun fantasy beat'em up.

  • @themarcv the only clear example that comes to mind for myself was with GTA V, I already didn't like the characters but when it came to the mission were you tortured a guy there was such a level of dissonance between myself and the character and their actions that it did become extremely unsettling and I stopped playing the game soon after that, it wasn't the violence itself that did it for me, but rather the context and how things were presented.

    I'm sure there are other examples I could come up with, but it would probably be minor things and not comparable to the previous one.

  • @themarcv said in Censorship topic (out of the news thread):

    I have a general question for the board, has there ever been a game that made you kinda of uncomfortable to play?

    God, no.

  • Banned

    @themarcv Blazblue story mode (any iteration)
    I understand that anime fans don't have a particularly good sense of humour, but Jesus that stuff was some of the most cringe inducing garbage I've ever had the displeasure of experience. I actually hard quit after accidentally stumbling upon a nonsequiter story thread where the characters talk only in fish puns because LOL TROUT SO FUNNAY.

    That and Ar Tonelico Qoga. The vast majority of the game is really awkward and cringey fetish pandering, but I think the dungeon where you dive into a party member's head and confront the manifestations of her fear of pooping really put the last few nails in the coffin.

    Also, funny side story.
    Had a buddy over a few years back for some dranks and games. I let him check out God of War 3. When he got to the part where you beat the everloving fuck out if Helios and then gouge out his eyes by pressing in L3 and R3, he physically threw the control down after realizing what happened.