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Welcome to The Censored Gaming Recap featuring YouTube’s Censored Gaming! Localisation changes, cut content, and outright denial of sales is an unfortunately ever-growing trend in today’s industry. We’re going to do our best to document gaming censorship as it happens, to make you aware of just what’s being affected and what content is being deemed too objectionable for your libraries.
Yandere Simulator Banned From Twitch Streams
Last week, streaming service Twitch.tv updated its list of prohibited video games. These are games effectively banned from being streamed by Twitch users. These include games rated Adults-Only by the ESRB such as Hatred and Manhunt 2, but also games featuring adult/erotic content including HuniePop, Criminal Girls, BMX XXX, as well as outright pornographic software such as the Artificial Academy games, Battle Rape, and RapeLay.
Yet among all these titles is the in-development indie title Yandere Simulator. The developer explains in a blog post that Twitch hasn’t even told him what content was objectionable enough to arrive on the list.
We actually asked Yanderedev about such a scenario this time last year. Here was his response:
GN – Do you expect to run into any controversy over how the game handles topics like bullying, depression, suicide or murder? How would you respond to potential complaints or attempts to interfere with the game’s release?
YD – In eight months of developing the game, I haven’t heard any complaints about the game’s morbid subject matter. No one has contacted me to tell me that I’m developing a disgusting and filthy game. I don’t know if this is because the game has not yet gained any real mainstream exposure, or if this is because everyone can recognize that this game does not actually advocate bullying or murder in real life.
The strong negative reaction to the controversial “Hatred” trailer did make me feel somewhat concerned for Yandere Sim. When Hatred was removed from Steam Greenlight, my heart sank. However, the fact that Hatred was reinstated on Steam Greenlight restored my hope. If a game like that can come out on Steam, then I’m not worried about my own title.
I will be very interested in finding out what kind of reactions the game generates, after more people start to notice it. However, if anyone tries to condemn the game for it’s subject matter, I presently can’t imagine what I’d say in response to them, beyond “It’s only a game.”
Yanderedev says he’ll make some edits to the game if it’ll make Twitch reconsider, but will absolutely refuse to remove any content from Yandere Simulator. If only Nintendo thought the same way…
Fire Emblem Fates Cuts Petting Minigame
Fire Emblem Fates releases in the West next month, but unfortunately a minigame that was present in its Japanese release has been removed. In the game, players were able to play a minigame that involved petting and rubbing party members on the Nintendo 3DS’ touch screen. Much like Pokémon’s “Amie” minigame, stroking them would make them happy and increase their relationship stats, though here the characters were thought to have made suggestive comments as well. Nintendo spoke to Kotaku, stating:
“Yes, that is the case [that petting isn’t in the English version]. You might have heard somewhat misinterpreted or exaggerated information about the Japanese original game, but even in the Japanese original version, we have not included any features which are considered inappropriate in Japan.”
So the petting minigame is 100 percent out of the Western versions it seems. As a reminder, said minigame allowed players to stroke both female and male characters, so it’s a removal that I expect a large amount of the game’s fans will be disappointed by.
Shocker! – Fire Emblem Fates Soleil Quest Edited
But wait, there’s more! Last year’s controversy over the character of Soleil in Fire Emblem Fates has come to its expected conclusion. There was a convoluted sidequest in the game that revolved around her being distracted in battle by cute girls. The protagonist secretly slips Soleil some magic potion in order to have her see gender-swapped versions of everybody. The quest resolves with Soleil becoming attracted to the protagonist as both a male and a female. This alarmed many outlets who interpreted the scenario as an allegory for date-rape drugging, and gay conversion. Nintendo have now said to Nintendo World Report ““In the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters.” Whether the sub-plot is now edited or cut entirely remains to be seen, but this is confirmation that Nintendo altered the game’s content due to last year’s controversy.
Gemini: Heroes Reborn Pre-emptively Censors Violence for Germany
Television tie-in Gemini: Heroes Reborn has been pre-emptively censored for the German market by developer Phosphor Games. Germany is known for often censoring and banning games with objectionable content; particularly those that feature violence. Phosphor reduced blood in the German version of the game in order to pass the country’s certification standards, but the game might have gotten through intact as its content was only enough to give it a PEGI 16 rating in other European territories, and the German version received a similar USK 16 rating.
Australia Refuses Classification to Paranautical Activity for Drug Use
First-Person shooter Paranautical Activity has been refused classification in Australia, thus forbidding its sale in the region in its current form. This is because of real-world drug adderall being present in the game, and used by players to boost their speed stat by 15%. This was classified as drug use, and the Australia Classification Board refused classification for the game. Developers Digerati will look into changing or removing the offending item.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Likely to Tone Down Honey Bee Inn Section
Final Fantasy VII‘s infamous Honey Bee Inn sequence may be considerably altered in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. In a recent Japanese interview, Producer Yoshinori Kitase said of the original game’s content “We are required to be more careful because of changing social trends.” Tetsuya Nomura then specifically mentions the Honey Bee Inn in relation to this.
In the original version of Final Fantasy VII the Honey Bee Inn section saw Cloud dress up as a woman in order to sneak into a kind of love hotel, or brothel to seduce antagonist Don Corneo. One scene in this quest could also see the undisguised Cloud being forced into a very physical bath with several muscular men. Modern political correctness will likely see parts of this sequence changed or cut.