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 The reason for this is to be outdated racist scenes.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
mikos, 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
mikos, 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.
Here's What Netflix had to Censor Last Year
Konrad Serafinski, 09 February 2020, 21:28
According to the recently released Netflix report for 2019, the company has removed content nine times on official requests from individual countries. This is the first time the company has openly admitted it.
Commandos 2 HD Remaster Censored [Updated]
Christian Pieniazek, 24 January 2020, 00:00
As closed beta-tests have shown, the re-mastered version of Commandos 2 has been censored. Swastikas and symbols of the Japanese Empire were removed, as well as animations of burning enemies. And don't forget that the game won't have a co-op mode.
EU Considers Temporary Ban on Usage of Face Recognition Technology
Bart Swiatek, 20 January 2020, 10:54
According to reports from Reuters, the European Union is considering a five-year ban on the use of face recognition technology in public places. This would prevent abuse and allow for working out solutions to protect citizens. The idea appeared in an extensive report created by the European Commission.
Valve Removed Profiles With Nazi-related Phrases and Symbols
Bart Swiatek, 12 December 2019, 14:31
Valve Software has removed dozens of profiles and images containing Nazi words and symbols. The measures were taken after notification by the German Media Authority of Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, as using Nazi-related symbols and terminology in punishable by law in Germany.
Valve Doesn't Want Any Games About Hong Kong Protests on Steam?
Julia Dragovic, 08 December 2019, 22:43
Valve is delaying the release of games related to protests in Hong Kong. All of the titles are on the pro-democratic side of the conflict. And if you don't what something is about... it's about China, in other words, money. Blitzchung, Hearthstone player recently suspended by Blizzard, also appears in the affair.
Russia Introduces Internet Censorship
Laty, 04 November 2019, 16:15
A new law related to Internet came into force in Russia on November 1, and it may be the beginning of mass surveillance of users on the web. The government has the ability to block content and even filter the things we can browse. The bill is designed to protect Russia from cyber attacks.
Censorship in The Outer Worlds - From Religion to Polish Vulgarisms
Adrian Werner, 28 October 2019, 13:58
Fans of The Outer Worlds have discovered that the game has a collection of almost 500 forbidden words that you can't use when naming your character. Among them were both vulgarisms and words such as „gay” and „transexual”.
Brutal Depiction of Russian Occupation Causes Problems for Modern Warfare?
Darius Matusiak, 27 October 2019, 21:17
There is no longer any doubt as to why the Russian branch of Sony has banned the sale of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in Russia. The story campaign shows the local army in the role of brutal torturers.
PS4 Version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Banned in Russia
Michael Kulakowski, 22 October 2019, 21:56
In unclear circumstances, the Russian branch of Sony decided to completely ban the sale of digital copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in the local PlayStation Store. The title will also not be available in a physical version.
PewDiePie Banned in China for Xi Jinping Meme
Julia Dragovic, 22 October 2019, 12:27
The popular youtuber PewDiePie was banned in China for showing in his film the (in)famous meme comparing secretary Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.
Hong Kong Protests: Blizzard Bans Further Hearthstone Players
Julia Dragovic, 17 October 2019, 12:54
After the AU Hearthstone team supported Hong Kong protests in an official stream stream, Blizzard decided to impose a six-month suspension penalty on the players.
Blizzard Removes Mei Figure From its Store
Jakub Mirowski, 14 October 2019, 11:23
Blizzard removed Mei figure from its store. Players suspect that the reason for getting rid of this Overwatch character is the fact that she has become one of the symbols of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Banned Episode of South Park Displayed on Hong Kong Streets
Bart Swiatek, 11 October 2019, 13:04
Protesters on the streets of Hong Kong had the opportunity to watch one of the last episodes of South Park - Band in China - on the big screen, where the creators ridicule the Chinese authorities and their influence on the Western entertainment industry. The show was very popular.
Corruption and Collapse of Values - ex-Blizzard Employee on Chinese Influence
Bart Swiatek, 11 October 2019, 12:23
Mark Kern, former Team Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, responded on Twitter to the high-profile Hong Kong protest scandal. In his opinion, the company is acting against its own values. The developer also quotes several stories that illustrate the extent of influence and methods of Chinese companies in the gaming industry.
Blizzard Prevents Users From Deleting Accounts After Hong Kong Affair?
arRacoon, 10 October 2019, 11:57
Blizzard scores another PR blow right after the Chung „Blitzchung” Ng Wai affair at the Hearthstone Tournament in Hong Kong. According to reports, Blizzard accounts have become much more difficult and often impossible to remove. The studio is suspected of intervening and actively blocking the possibility of saying goodbye to the account.
Tim Sweeney: „Epic Will not Punish Fortnite Players for Talking Politics”
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 October 2019, 22:47
Tim Sweeney from Epic Games referred to the controversy surrounding the suspension of Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai by Blizzard for a political statement during a Hearthstone tournament. The CEO assured that he would not allow Fortnite players to be punished for their political statements.
Community Stands With Blitzchung, Blizzard in Memes and Comments
Julia Dragovic, 09 October 2019, 14:14
After the penalty imposed by Blizzard on Blitzchung for publicly supporting protests in Hong Kong, savage flak of comments and criticisms hits the company from numerous sides. The community is calling for a boycott. The publisher's employees also reacted, and the player himself briefly referred to the penalty.
Chinese Authorities Purge the Local Internet from South Park
Frozen, 08 October 2019, 14:14
In the latest episode of the animated series South Park Town, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have decided to address the subject of Chinese censorship. As a result, they fell victim to it themselves - the series completely disappeared from the Internet available in China within a few days.
WoW Classic and Hong Kong Protests - Censorship has no Place in Azeroth
Julia Dragovic, 26 September 2019, 22:00
The Taiwanese World of Warcraft Classic server has become a place for the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan to communicate with each other, regardless of censorship. And they raise issues that are uncomfortable to some, because they are connected with politics and protests.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Vanishes From Russian PSN
Jacob Blazewicz, 13 September 2019, 15:12
Sony has withdrawn Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the Russian version of PlayStation Store. It seems that players in Russia will have to do without it.
Australia Bans Kingdom Come Deliverance For Sexual Violence [Updated]
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 August 2019, 14:10
More titles were added to the list of games banned in Australia. This time Kingdom Come: Deliverance got hit for its presentation of sexual violence. In addition, the sale of We Happy Few has been banned again.
YouTube Considers Robot Fights as Animal Abuse?
Barth Faryna, 22 August 2019, 13:53
YouTube has recently removed hundreds of videos depicting robot fights. However, the most interesting thing about this whole matter is the reason for the decision: the videos violated the rules on cruelty to animals.
Australian DayZ Censorship Will Affect Players All Over the World [Updated]
Christian Pieniazek, 21 August 2019, 12:25
Due to the presence of drugs, DayZ was banned in Australia. The team at Bohemia Interactive has decided to make changes that will affect players from all over the world.
Rockstar Games Works on Bonaire; Game is Already Banned in Australia
Frozen, 20 August 2019, 14:30
The Australian age rating organisation has refused to classify the latest work of Rockstar Games - Bonaire. What is the new, mysterious project of the developers of GTA and Red Dead Redemption?
Australian MP on DayZ Ban: „We're Making Ourselves a Laughing Stock.”
Jacob Blazewicz, 18 August 2019, 18:48
Tim Quilty, a member of the Australian Liberal Democratic Party, spoke on the announced ban on the sale of DayZ. In his view, the decision of ACB rating organisation makes Australia the laughing stock of the world.
Twitter Tests Automatic Filtering of Offensive Messages
Barth Faryna, 16 August 2019, 19:29
Twitter has just started testing a special tool to ensure that users no longer receive offensive messages - at least in theory. If everything goes according to plan, we will soon have it at our disposal.
Gears 5 Drops Cigars as Devs do not Want to Promote Smoking
Adrian Werner, 14 July 2019, 18:11
The Coalition has announced that no cigars will appear in Gears 5 in order not to encourage players to smoke. In addition, a 25-minute gameplay from the multiplayer mode of the game was released on the web.
AC: Odyssey - Ban on Farming Experience Using Mission Creator
Bart Swiatek, 12 July 2019, 22:39
Ubisoft has decided to ban the use of Story Creator for Assassin's Creed Odyssey to create simple missions that offer a huge amount of experience. Players who do not comply with the new rules risk being banned.
Wolfenstein Youngblood Without Censorship in Germany
Bart Swiatek, 27 June 2019, 15:44
Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be released in Germany without censorship of Nazi symbols. This is the first game of this series, which German players will experience without any cuts.
US Government Shuts Down LoL in Iran and Syria
Bart Swiatek, 24 June 2019, 09:29
Sanctions imposed on Iran and Syria by the US government have resulted in gamers in in these Middle Eastern countries losing their ability to log into the popular MOBA League of Legends.