TrishaCat Posted October 23, 2015 Share Posted October 23, 2015 (edited) I've been seeing a lot of this happen of late and admittedly I've grown really tired of it. What brought this thread on was the release of the game "Mugen Souls" on Steam. The game, when it was originally brought to the US, was published by NIS America, who had removed a mini-game from the game along with supposedly 120+ CGs, all due to the nature of them. Finally, after all this time, the company Ghostlight, which handled the release of the Agarest games on Steam, released Mugen Souls on Steam. It was the censored version. When asked about it, Ghostlight responded that Valve wouldn't let them release the uncensored version on Steam.And with this, I've come to grow really tired of the removal of content in Western releases. Admittedly, the game in question has plenty of questionable content, so I can understand taking issue with, or even offense at it. I can understand being uncomfortable with it. But what I don't understand, is the removal of content that isn't illegal. Its certainly questionable, but its not illegal, and what its doing is alienating an already niche audience for a niche game. The original release of the game did not sell well. But anyways, I got upset at Valve and sent them a message regarding that. But the thing is, is that I'm not even upset with just Mugen Souls or anything; a bunch of games have gotten unnecessary censors of late, with some needing it more than others. Just recently, Fatal Frame 5: Maiden of Black Water was released digitally only on the Wii U by Nintendo of America, who removed a bunch of lewd bonus costumes from the game (along with putting memes in the trailer for it, but that's another story). They also edited cutscenes featuring lewd outfits, with one in particular lessening one of the whole points of a character in the game, who is depressed and unhappy with her job, as she works and models as a Japanese idol. I don't understand it; the game is even rated M. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3U07cZ9-7YBut nevermind all that, a bunch of games I've been interested (and not interested in) have gotten censored over time, which is really weird when compared to other games. Here's a list of some I know of:Drakengard 1 (I'm actually quite upset about this one; its a game I really appreciate despite how bad the gameplay is, and its so old that this is likely never going to be fixed), Mugen Souls, Fatal Frame 5: Maiden of Black Water, Agarest: Generations of War 2, Bravely Default, Fire Emblem Awakening, Dungeon Travelers 2, Monster Monpiece, and Criminal Girls: Invite Only.I find that the censorship of video games or removal of content, especially in localization, is damaging and dangerous to art. Its true that in most of these cases, its sleazy scenes that are removed or changed, (Drakengard being the biggest and arguably most interesting exception), but this dictates what people can and cannot do with a work as well as how people should interpret a work, and it discourages people from creating things that push lines for whatever goal they may want to achieve....Err...I'm not really good at wording this. There are other people who have done a better job of explaining this, with the one I remember most being some people who work at XSeed, another game licensing company in the US. There's also Neil Gaiman, a comic writer, who does a wonderful job of explaining it (http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/12/why-defend-freedom-of-icky-speech.html) But I believe that the removal and editing of something is dangerous and discomforting. Even if I don't like the content in something I don't really want it to be removed or edited for mass audiences or to play it safe. This also sets a precedent for what other companies can do. "Well, this company did it so we should be able to get away with it too" and so on. I also find that its disrespectful to the original creator's vision for what the games are supposed to be....I'm just getting really tired of games being edited and censored. I'd be more okay with it if companies would at least put out patches to re-add the content for those fans who do want it, even if its by unofficial means. JAST did this when they released a porn game titled "Starless: Nymphomaniacs Paradise", and the creators of Huniepop did this for people who bought the Steam version of the game. If this happened, then those people who are okay with the removal of such content would have what they want, and those who aren't would get all the content that was removed back in their game. ...Also I'm sorry if this reads really disjointed or doesn't flow well, or I don't do a good job of explaining my thoughts on things I'm also not exactly sure how to make this thread less rant-y and more like a normal thread. Edited October 23, 2015 by Battlechili 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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