Censorship Tag

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 08 Aug 2014

Yesterday the Twitch community was up in arms over some of the changes that had been introduced to Twitch. The main complaint fell on the website’s new system to censor unauthorised music in archived videos, which was muting 30 minute blocks of footage at a time. Twitch are listening, and they’re already planning to changes some things back.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 06 Aug 2014

Countries around the world have different views on what content is safe. The sort of games that receive a ban are traditionally violent or sexual in nature. Thailand is more strict on the latter, but has now gone on to ban Tropico 5, a city simulator game.

Posted by Stephen Snook - 02 Apr 2014

Oh good, the Australian Federal Government has realised that the way we classify games in Australia is really stupid and antiquated - so they’ve taken recommendations from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and the Australian Law Reform Commission to take steps to a more streamlined and considering approach.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 08 Oct 2013

There are many things I wouldn’t mind being censored in GTA V to be honest; the over-abundance of the word "nigger" seriously gets to me after a while and raspberry jam is something that still disturbs me more than it should.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 02 Jan 2013

This is a sad day for all of us who loved making fun of the Australian censors but at the same time it’s a great day for any gamers who actually live in Australia.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 13 Jul 2011

One of the most exciting things about getting official Xbox Live status in South Africa is that we were no longer going to be punished online by the archaic censorship board in Germany.

Previously we couldn’t download any Gears updates because they were banned in Germany which meant they were also banned in all non Xbox Live endorsed countries so it isn’t without a little arrogance that I was looking forward to playing and downloading updates in Gears 3 after it’s release.

Posted by Miklós Szecsei - 05 Oct 2010

Alright local, South African gamer: whenever you feel slightly inclined to moan about our government, spare a thought for countries like Australia and Germany, which are governed by overtly sensitive nannies who feel it their duty to protect the populace from the horrors of videogames. At least our government is too busy worrying about lining their own pockets or gagging Youth League presidents to acknowledge games are even sold here. Whew!The latest game to suffer at the hands of the German censorship board of fascist know-it-alls (or should that be “no-it-alls”? Homonym LOL!)  is Call of Duty: Black Ops. Treyarch’s newest entry into the enduring and madly popular COD series has had to be censored, cut and snipped in areas so as to make sure it doesn’t offend the sensitive masses.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 12 Jul 2010

China, continuing its run of autocratic censorship has now banned – and tears are streaming down my face as I write this – vulgar and explicit material for use in online advertising. Sex and violence – as we know – sell things, but it looks as if they’ll no longer be used to sell online games in China.

China’s Ministry of Culture has made it so that boobs can now longer be used to advertise popular online games like Dahua Xuanyuan, Evony, Kingory and the like.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 29 Mar 2010

You may recall a few weeks back we asked for some submissions for my sister, who lectures a Criminology class, and her upcoming videogame debate. The idea behind the debate was to discuss whether or not violent videogames themselves were responsible for violent behaviour and whether we should be censoring them or restricting their sales.

The results are in and both sides of the group agreed that violent videogames do not cause crime… however the pro-censorship group did feel that if a person is predisposed to crime then videogames may influence them to react in a violent manner. As a society we deserve to be protected from the 1%-2% of people affected by violent games.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 17 Feb 2010

There is a news story doing the rounds at the moment about the infamous South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, stating that gamers are scarier than bikie gangs.

Apparently a gamer, or possibly 2, have slipped death threats under his door at 2am because he won’t change his stance on allowing R18+ games to be sold in Australia.

Coincidentally he has previously said that if gamers continue to threaten him he will never allow R18+ games to be sold in Australia.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 08 Feb 2010

If Nick and Geoff (and the rest of the Internet) are to be believed then Mass Effect 2 is one of the best gaming experiences of all time. We will have our official review up soon but I think it’s safe to say that the game is going to score very well indeed.

However one slightly depraved Internet individual has picked up that there is a distinct lack of side boob in ME2 compared to that scene in the original.

Stanley Woo has quickly hit back at the subtle claims of bowing to the man, and he is being pretty forceful about it. According to Stanley

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 12 Nov 2009

I know it’s not good news for local on Xbox 360 but I am honestly glad that Sega is finally taking a stand against the archaic censorship in Germany and maybe Australia as well.

Sega have decided that it’s not even worth attempting to release their upcoming Aliens vs Predator in Germany due to the high levels of violence and the subsequent cost of cleansing the game for the innocent Germans.

Which does then mean that any Xbox DLC that may come along will be blocked locally but if more companies started to do this then maybe the Germans will rise up again, just this time against themselves, and sort their censorship board out.

According to the source Sega will still submit it to the Ozzie board as they don’t need to translate the language before doing so and therefore can’t really lose out.

Source: PCGamesHardware

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 24 Sep 2009

As you most probably know all games that portray Nazi symbolism have to go through a cleansing process before they are allowed to be released in Germany, apparently the Germans don’t like to be reminded of their not so glorious past.

Anyway the big news this morning is that a few swastikas were missed in the Wolfenstein cleanse and as such the game has been pulled from shelves in Germany and Activision are busy doing the numbers now to see if it will be re-patched and re-released.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 17 Sep 2009

It hasn't even been released yet and already Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the most controversial games of all time.From the moment it was first announced fanboys around the world have been upset stating that it should have been an expansion and now fans in Australia are about to go postal.The archaic classification system in Australia has deemed Left 4 Dead 2 to be to violent for release in Australia and have refused to grant it a classification.Which ultimately means the game has been banned.