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Sony blames #MeToo movement, video streaming sites for its PlayStation censorship policy

On Tuesday, Sony finally revealed details on why it has taken such a censorious stance towards mature-themed content in Japanese games. The company has adopted a new internal regulatory board (based in California, the pearl-clutching capital of the world) to scrutinize and approve games submitted for publishing on PlayStation platforms. It’s important to note that Sony’s new review board is

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Nepalese government bans PUBG, effective immediately

On Thursday, the government of Nepal banned the immensely popular online battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The blanket ban follows a request from Nepal’s federal investigation authority, and prohibits all internet service providers, mobile operators and network service providers from streaming of the game, effective immediately. In a statement to Reuters, the deputy director at Nepal Telecommunications Authority, Sandip

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The butt is back! Latest “Devil May Cry V” patch reverses PS4 censorship

Last month, an update patch exclusive to the PS4 version of Devil May Cry V “Thanos-snapped” away Trish’s nude posterior in one of the game’s cutscenes. Now, a heroic avenger at Capcom has heard gamers’ cries for justice, and reversed the snap with yet another gameplay patch for the North American version of the game. Hail, conquering hero! We shall

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“Super Real Mahjong PV” removed from the Nintendo Switch eShop; will be censored via patch

Japanese publisher MightyCraft announced on Monday that they’ve pulled the Switch version of Super Real Mahjong PV from the Nintendo eShop because it was found to be too explicit. Originally released in 1994 for the SEGA Saturn, Super Real Mahjong PV is a mahjong simulator with stripping mechanics added as a sexy bonus. Despite the game already being censored when compared to the

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Sony’s censorship policy hits “Devil May Cry 5” on PS4

Sony’s recently implemented policy of censoring third party games on the PlayStation platform has finally come to a triple-A release. Capcom’s long-awaited Devil May Cry 5 was released last week on all platforms, but the game’s day-one patch on PS4 censors a cinematic scene in the game using, you guessed it, lens flare. Keep in mind that there are slight

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Want an uncensored “Onimusha” experience? Play with Japanese voices

The HD remaster of Capcom’s Onimusha: Warlords is finally upon us, but those who remember the game’s PS2 release in 2001 may recall that a scene in the western versions of the game was censored when compared to the Japanese original. The scene in question is just before the boss battle against Hecuba, a female demon who transforms, quite dramatically,

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Sony Japan Asia President responds to new PlayStation censorship policies

During a recent promotional event in Japan, a fan asked SIE Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita about Sony’s recent censorship of games with sexual themes and how the company balances freedom of expression in mature games. “About the censorship, we tried to meet global standards,” Morita said. “Regarding the balance of the freedom of expression and safety for children, it’s a

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Altus’ response to “Catherine: Full Body” censorship concerns raises more questions for PS4 owners

Atlus recently responded to fans concerned that the re-imagined Catherine: Full Body would be censored by Sony just as many other risqué titles have in the past few months. One such game is the visual novel Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart, in which jarring beams of light cover up many of the sexier images in the PlayStation version of

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PS4 version of “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet” hit by Sony’s recent censorious turn

The updated version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is the latest victim of Sony’s new censorship policies, as several items which were available in the original version of the game are being removed from the upcoming Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet. These items include the “jet black fan” and “gold fan” used for loosening clothing, as well as

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Ubisoft facing backlash after China forces censorship on “Rainbow Six Siege”

Ubisoft has announced preparations to launch Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege in Asian territories, and changes are coming to the version that Western gamers have already purchased, whether they like it or not. In an effort to create a “global” version of the game, Ubisoft is changing/removing several of the game’s aesthetics to satisfy the censors in communist China. The

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“Welcome to the new ’90s” – Sony insists that XSEED censor “Senran Kagura Burst: ReNewal” in the West (opinion)

In a unsettling turn of events, the release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal has been delayed for both PlayStation 4 and PC. Why? According to the game’s publisher, XSEED, Sony has insisted that a feature of the game called “intimacy mode” be removed. XSEED has chosen to do so rather than not release the game in the West, but the

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Valve treats customers as adults; won’t police content on Steam

Valve doesn’t want to be your mom. The PC game distributor announced today that they will not remove games or software from their Steam platform unless the product in question is either flatly illegal or “trolling” users. This decision follows a series of controversies regarding whether to allow risqué Japanese titles or games that mimicked school shootings on Steam. While

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Publisher responds to We Happy Few being banned in Australia

Note: while this post contains some factual information, it is largely for entertainment purposes. G’day kids. It’s me. The really-real Randy Pitchford.* The Randster. As the CEO and President of Gearbox Software, the publisher of We Happy Few, I wanted to address the Australian government’s decision to ban the sale of our game, so naturally I turned to the most

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