Steam Blocked Chaos;Head Noah, Devs Apologize [UPDATE: Valve Yields]
Adrian Werner, 07 October 2022, 12:19
Valve has blocked the release of Chaos;Head Noah on Steam. This is all the more surprising because the game will be released on Nintendo Switch without any problems.
Children Under 10 Should Play Only Under Parental Supervision, South African Censors Say
Sonia Selerska, 06 July 2022, 14:20
A new law in South Africa declares that no video game is fully appropriate for children under the age of 10, and with that, the definition of violence is significantly expanded.
Tencent Will Block Chinese Players From Accessing GTA and Many Other Foreign Games
Milosz Szubert, 15 April 2022, 15:28
Tencent has decided to fix a vulnerability in its internet acceleration application that enabled Chinese people to play games not approved by the government in their country. Thus, people who used it lost the chance to play GTA and Animal Crossing.
Thaw in China? Government Allowed New Games to be Sold
Przemyslaw Dygas, 12 April 2022, 13:14
The Chinese government resumed licensing of games published in the country. The local market will soon receive 45 new titles.
China Tightens Restrictions on Minors; Limits on Streaming and Social Media
Dawid Wanat, 15 March 2022, 11:20
China is restricting minors from streaming and using social media. This is another step in the fight against addiction among minors.
Censorship Details in Martha Is Dead; Masturbation and Drastic Interactive Scenes
Hubert Sledziewski, 24 February 2022, 21:56
We've learned why the game Martha Is Dead, debuting today, has been censored on PlayStation. Sony decided to make this move due to drastic scenes and references to masturbation.
The Sims 4 DLC Won't Appear in Russia Due to Homophobic Law
Przemyslaw Dygas, 10 February 2022, 12:12
Russians will not play the latest addition for The Sims 4. All because of the local law.
Mary Skelter 2 Publisher Caves in and Removes Censorship in PC Edition
Adrian Werner, 21 January 2022, 16:09
Ghostlight has caved in under player pressure and released a patch restoring censored elements in the PC edition of the jRPG Mary Skelter 2.
Genshin Impact Censored in China; New Skins Optional Only in the West
Hubert Sledziewski, 05 January 2022, 21:28
Several characters in Genshin Impact will receive alternative skins, however, they will not be optional for Chinese fans. The reason? Censorship.
Censorship in Lost Ark? Gamers Criticize Amazon and Point Out Differences
Agnes Adamus, 28 December 2021, 18:29
Lost Ark sparks controversy due to strange artistic decisions in version prepared for western market. Fans point out that this edition changes, among others, character skin colors. Additionally, Amazon bans people who express their dissatisfaction with this state of affairs.
Intel Apologizes to China for Wanting to Stop Cooperation With Xinjiang
Arkadiusz Strzala, 23 December 2021, 14:55
Intel's call to break off cooperation with the Xinjiang region was negatively received by the Chinese. This, in turned, prompted the company to publish an official apology in a damage control attempt.
GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition Trailer has Fans Suspect Censorship
Adrian Werner, 24 October 2021, 21:32
Fans of the GTA series noticed some interesting things in the recent trailer for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition - the removal of a controversial symbol from the shirt of one of the characters. In addition, an interesting video comparing the refreshed versions of the games with the originals has appeared online.
Blizzard Removes Some Jokes and Flirting From World of Warcraft
Michael Zegar, 07 October 2021, 21:24
Blizzard removes more content from World of Warcraft that does not comply with the company's new policy. This time it's the humorous layer of the game. It's a shame, some of the erased jokes are real gems...
China hasn't Allowed New Games on the Market Since Controversial Ban
GRG, 03 October 2021, 21:35
Chinese censors have not allowed any new video game on the market since a controversial ban on showing „effeminate” men on Chinese television.
Blizzard on Censorship in WoW; No Restrictions on Avatar Customization
Jacob Blazewicz, 01 October 2021, 13:33
The creators of World of Warcraft explain that the recent cases of censorship are the result of employee feedback. They also assured that this will not translate into restrictions on the customization of player characters.
China Bans Live Streaming for Minors Under 16
GRG, 28 September 2021, 11:44
New Chinese regulations are set to prevent minors from livestreaming, and they also introduce further restrictions as part of their concern for children's development.
Sony Rejected Prostitute Protagonist in Detroit: Become Human
Hubert Sledziewski, 23 September 2021, 18:44
Tom Henderson revealed some previously unknown information about Detroit: Become Human. Reportedly, originally the game was supposed to include four protagonists, but one of the heroines did not get approval from Sony. The reason was her appearance.
WoW Censors More Names; Patch 9.1.5 Introduced More Changes
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 September 2021, 14:25
World of Warcraft is testing update 9.1.5, and in addition to new fixes users found more examples of politically correct censorship.
TikTok Limited to 40 Minutes a Day - More Restrictions in China
Arkadiusz Strzala, 20 September 2021, 15:50
China is imposing yet another restriction on minors' access to digital entertainment. This time it concerns TikTok. Its Chinese version can only be used by children for 40 minutes a day.
WoW Turned Woman Into Fruit; Weird Censorship in Patch 9.1.5
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 September 2021, 15:40
Patch 9.1.5 for World of Warcraft is expected to bring quite a few changes. These apparently include an unusual example of censorship in the form of modifications to two paintings from the base game.
Players Fear Censorship in GTA 5 Remaster
Miriam Moszczynska, 16 September 2021, 15:17
A discussion has erupted on Reddit about possible censorship in the revamped version of GTA V, which is headed for next-gen consoles. The reason for the outrage is the new trailer.
Gwent After Chinese Censorship - Swords Turn Into Spoons
Miriam Moszczynska, 30 August 2021, 14:33
Gwent has experienced Chinese censorship, with some of the cards receiving only minor changes, while others a whole new look. Nothing is left of the original violence, nudity or blood.
SUPERHOT VR Review Bombed After Devs Removed Controversial Content
Przemyslaw Dygas, 24 July 2021, 18:28
SUPERHOT VR has fallen victim to review bombing. All because of an update that removed disturbing scenes of self-mutilation and suicide from the game.
Steam Refused to Sell Game Because of Excessive Nudity
Przemyslaw Dygas, 22 March 2021, 18:56
Super Seducer 3 will not appear on Steam. Valve deemed the game too close to pornography.
Disco Elysium The Final Cut Banned in Australia
Adrian Werner, 19 March 2021, 14:12
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut proved too controversial for the Australian age rating body. It refused to classify the game, which in practice means a ban on the sale of console versions, despite the fact that Australians have been able to buy it on Steam for long time.
Japanese Version of Resident Evil: Village Will be Censored
Szarmancki, 05 March 2021, 22:30
According to a statement from Capcom, the Japanese version of Resident Evil: Village will be censored according to the standards of the country's CERO organization.
Censorship on PlayStation - Sony Edits Violent Content
Sarafan, 23 February 2021, 13:31
According to recent reports, Sony has decided to introduce censorship of violent scenes in some PlayStation games. It has to do with the desire to reach a wider audience.
Musk's Starlink Banned in Russia?
Arkadiusz Strzala, 01 February 2021, 19:41
Not only the oppositionist Alexei Navalny seems to be troubling the Russian government. The Russian State Duma sees another threat in satellite internet from Elon Musk. Starlink could be banned in Russia.
Controversial Attempt to Censor Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story; Publisher Denies
Milosz Szubert, 04 January 2021, 21:39
The representatives of Top Hat Studios informed that in the past months they have received a lot of unpleasant messages criticizing Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story. They stressed, however, that they didn't give in and on January 7 the title will be released, uncensored, on Nintendo Switch.
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War Trailer Banned in China [Updated]
Agnes Adamus, 25 August 2020, 14:05
Last week's teaser trailer of Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War was banned in China. The reason for this decision is a short fragment showing the events that took place on June 4, 1989 on the Tian'anmen Square.
China Tightens Control Over Underage Gamers
Michael Kulakowski, 04 August 2020, 21:14
The Chinese government is once again tightening control over the youngest citizens who like to spend time playing video games. Since September, all developers operating in the country must introduce a player verification system, based on their real personal data, and even a face scan.
„OK” Gesture Quietly Removed From Call of Duty Games
Paul Wozniak, 08 July 2020, 21:39
It turns out that developers from Inifnity Ward quietly removed the „OK” gesture from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone. The reason for this decision was not given, but many players believe that the element was removed because of its controversial significance.
Halo The Master Chief Collection - Differences in Chinese Version
Agnes Adamus, 29 June 2020, 21:52
A comparison of two versions of Halo The Master Chief Collection - the Chinese version and the „general” one, which has been published on most of the world's markets - has appeared on the web. We can see on it that the changes included mainly enemy models and the cut-scene showing Gravemind.
Russians Outraged After a Game Shows Hitler's Victory Parade in Kremlin
Agnes Adamus, 19 June 2020, 20:10
At the end of May, the WWII strategy game Strategic Mind: Blitzkrieg was released. On this occasion, a short trailer was published, which shows Hitler celebrating in the Kremlin. As it turns out, this did not appeal to the Russian government, which demanded that the sale of the game be stopped in the country.
Gone With the Wind Removed From HBO Max Because Racism
Karol Laska, 10 June 2020, 13:40
HBO Max has been operating in full swing throughout America since May 27. The platform's offer is very rich, but unexpectedly a classic that is Gone With the Wind was pulled. The reason for this is to be outdated racist scenes.
Looney Tunes Return, Censored and Without Guns
Karol Laska, 08 June 2020, 14:57
Looney Tunes appeared in the American HBO Max offer, and with them all the iconic cast characters, including Bugs Bunny. Due to the decision of the creators, the animation won't show firearms.
Revolt of Facebook Employees
Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 02 June 2020, 12:06
In response to Mark Zuckerberg's assurance that he would not moderate Donald Trump's entries, Facebook employees organized a virtual protest.
Trump Suggests He May Help Shut Down Twitter
Kuszu, 28 May 2020, 13:14
Is there going to be a war between social media and politics? Twitter has marked Donald Trump's entries as „misleading”, Mark Zuckerberg criticizes the website's actions, and the president himself threatens to shut down „social networks that try to silence conservatives”. Things are getting interesting.
YouTube Automatically Censored Phrases Inconvenient for Chinese Government
Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 27 May 2020, 13:39
Some comments that were critical of the Chinese government began to disappear from YouTube. This is all the more surprising because the service is not available in China anyway.
Valve is Testing a Censored Chinese Version of Steam
Bart Swiatek, 25 May 2020, 15:18
Valve Software is working on a Chinese version of Steam - the program was announced in 2018 and recently received an alpha version. The application differs in several respects from the variant known from other regions of the world.
Writer: Censored Version of Back to the Future 2 Should be Destroyed
Paul Wozniak, 23 May 2020, 20:19
A few days ago, the classic movie trilogy Back to the Future e was released on Netflix in some regions. It soon came to light that one of the scenes in the second movie was censored, which did not appeal to the audience. Fortunately, the original version of the movie can already be watched on the platform, and its writer wants the one with censorship to be destroyed.
Serious Sam 4 - Harpy Boobs Scandal
Frozen, 23 May 2020, 19:02
Croteam confirmed that the 3D model of harpies in Serious Sam 4 will have its breasts covered, which caused a storm on Steam's forum. In topic of over 600 comments, fans accuse the developer of censoring the game.
Chinese Censorship Reaches Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2020, 19:16
A post published on a Chinese forum suggests that Asian users of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord may get banned for using nicknames that do not comply with Chinese standards - e.g. referring to local politicians, protests or suggesting a connection between the coronavirus and Wuhan.
Cyberpunk 2077 Without Censorship in Australia
Adrian Werner, 04 May 2020, 15:26
CD Projekt RED will not have to censor Cyberpunk 2077 to get an age rating in Australia. The game has been rated for adults only, but changes to its content will not be necessary.
Riot Games Tried to Force LoL Player to Change His Nick
Bart Swiatek, 17 April 2020, 11:18
Riot Games wanted a League of Legends player using the name „Corona” to change it. Nick was deemed inappropriate, even though it came from the user's actual last name.
Animal Crossing New Horizons in Trouble in China
Adrian Werner, 11 April 2020, 13:52
There was a lot of controversy about Animal Crossing: New Horizons in China. The game was supposed to be banned because of virtual protests, but in fact the situation turned out to be different, although the game still has problems with distribution in this country.
Industry Expert on Why Plague Inc. was Banned in China
Milosz Szubert, 17 March 2020, 16:48
Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, gave three reasons why Ndemic Creations' Plague Inc. was removed from distribution in China. The reasons included the lack of a proper license.
TikTok Censors Posts From Ugly and Poor People
Laty, 17 March 2020, 11:40
TikTok ordered its moderators to hide videos of users who are ugly or poor and censor statements related to the political situation that occur during streams.
Censored Literature Available in Minecraft
Adrian Werner, 13 March 2020, 10:50
The Uncensored Library, a virtual library implemented in Minecraft created in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders, has launched. The aim of the project is to provide access to works censored by many governments through the popular game.
Plague Inc. Removed From Chinese App Store for „Illegal” Content [Updated]
Paul Wozniak, 02 March 2020, 19:31
Plague Inc. was removed from the Chinese App Store. The reason for this is „content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China”. For the time being we do not know the exact reasons for such a decision, although it can be assumed that it is related to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.