Submitted by Gekko 700d ago | opinion piece

GTA V censorship for Wii U risks

Alan Ng:

GTA V is now on the horizon and at the moment – it is only coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 unfortunately. Rockstar is refusing to confirm whether the game will be coming to PC or Wii U, but we’ve since learned earlier this week that these platforms are ‘now up for consideration’. Is there more to it though which is holding back the Wii U version specifically, such as censorship and Nintendo’s reluctance to bring a ‘controversial’ game to the company’s new console? (Grand Theft Auto V, Wii U)

Neonridr  +   700d ago
censoring out Manhunt because its depictions of violent or realistic killing and GTA are not even in the same league. GTA is always over the top nonsense. Madworld was an extremely gruesome game, and it had no problem being released on the Wii. In fact, with the Black and White nature of the game, it only caused the blood and carnage to stand out even more (since the red blood was the only color in the game).

GTA V would be perfectly fine on the Wii U. I am sure Rockstar could come up with some pretty cool ways to use the Gamepad. Gamers on the Wii U would rejoice and buy it, and Rockstar would get to line their pockets a little more. Win-Win.
DoomeDx  +   700d ago
I dont think it will happen.

All current-gen Rockstar games have always been CPU extensive games. Because of the high amount of physics going on. The weak CPU of the WiiU is just not able to do that. Plain and simple.

Every object in GTA 4 pretty much had Physics in them. Containers, people, cars, debris, chairs etc.

Some developers are struggling to get lots of AI on the screen because of the CPU. And we all know how much AI is going on on GTA..Combine that with physics and you have a problem.
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yabhero  +   700d ago
I think you're exaggerating a lot. From what I've read the WiiU is weak but with some change in coding processes it's ok, not great but ok. There the the GPGPU which an handle some of the physics and AI
dennett316  +   700d ago
It only has a slightly slower CPU as compared to the 360, that's all. The chip is more modern and efficient, and when used in conjunction with the GPGPU (which is a programmable GPU and can be used to take some of the load off).
Developers working on launch games are struggling slightly because - and they admitted this themselves in regards to the devs of the Warriors Orochi - that they don't yet fully grasp the ins and outs of the Wii U's architecture.

All these claims of the Wii U lacking power in certain departments may be true to an extent, but they conveniently ignore all the other factors that determine performance (for example, the GPU and CPU being on the same chipset is very efficient as compared to either the 360 or PS3). Hard numbers are not the be all and end all, and a little common sense goes a long way.

Compare launch period 360 games with something like Halo 4 on the same hardware...that's the difference that getting to know the hardware can make. People seem to forget this bit of common sense when it comes to Nintendo.
Donnieboi  +   700d ago
@DoomeDx: Hush! Don't tell the truth. Nintendo fanboy's don't like it and will forever make excuses for the shortcomings of Nintendo. THAT's why Nintendo does the bare minimum it needs to do just to sell systems. Fanboys will keep making excuses for it's shortcomings anyway.

The "U" in Wii U stands for "Underwhelming"
Y_5150  +   700d ago
Yeah I don't understand why they would censor it. The Wii U already has Zombie U and a couple of multiplats that has blood and such. This isn't the old days when Nintendo's version of Mortal Kombat didn't have blood.
Venox2008  +   700d ago
yea, dont forget that Ninja gaiden Wii U is most gory version too, with lots o blood and everything :) and Wii had No more heroes too (damn the Eu version of first one) :)
madcowz64  +   697d ago
Ya but Madworld also had cartoon like graphics and obviously wasn't realistic. GTAV almost looks real and you can commit murder for absolutely no reason. That being said I do agree with you, they should put GTAV on the Wii U simply because they can integrate the new gamepad. Now brings up the question, can the Wii U's CPU handle GTAV? Doubtful.
chadboban  +   700d ago
I don't believe there's any danger of censorship if Rockstar brings it to the Wii U. Look at GTA: Chinatown wars, that was a DS exclusive(obviously it's no longer exclusive)and it had a whole side of it where you could run a drug dealing business. Also look at Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Nintendo published that game and it's more violent than ever before.

I believe Rockstar won't feel the need to censor themselves should they bring GTA V to the Wii U and I don't believe Nintendo will make them either.
Nes_Daze  +   700d ago
Meh...yes Nintendo has more kids(way more kids) in their userbase, but I see no reason why it would have censorship troubles, unless there are more soccer moms in their userbase than I thought.
dennett316  +   700d ago
I don't think they will...look at how wide the audience was for the Wii and it still played host to the likes of Madworld, various Resident Evil Titles, No More Heroes etc.
Nintendo have had a lot of gory games on their systems over the years - Turok 2, various Mortal Kombat games, Resident Evil, Eternal Darkness etc.
AO1JMM  +   700d ago
Wolfbiker  +   699d ago
Nintendo has a way younger user base yet the Miiverse and their fan base is more mature than any other.
Dovahkiin  +   700d ago
There are age ratings for a reason. Things don't need censoring.
josephayal  +   700d ago
If it doesn't come to PC I will not be buying it
chadboban  +   700d ago
Well considering that every other GTA game has come to PC (with the exception of the portable entries) I don't think a PC version will be that far off. We may just have to wait a bit for that version though.
grandv  +   700d ago
ahaaaaaaaaa u see that becous how companys games it get the Bring profits when the games out not just everybody buy thats games will be buy with wii u...but if it out in pc will will be buy new graphics card strong !!! i hop if u know what i mean!! but i not want to late about that !thx
Troublesome626  +   700d ago
the wii u sucks a$$ lol
It will come to pc.

If wiiU wants to sell like the wii then no reasone to worry about the gta5 crowd or to much about the core gamers. Give them a zelda & mario they will be fine.

If wiiU competes with Sony and MS then they will probably not be #1 for long.

WiiU seems to not get the soccer moms pumped this time around.

anyway new version of this?
Hell yes!!

can wiiU compete with a 2010 gpu? idk..

Also using gpgpu technology(some ninty gamers keep saying it has a gpgpu which a technology not the card itself) it will also take a graphics hit. So it would have been better if ninty just had a good cpu so they could just use the gpu to it's fullest.

This is why nvidia users get less fps when they turn on physx. gpu doing cpu and gpu work.
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grandv  +   700d ago
i hop it to pc !!!!!!!!
Deku-Johnny  +   700d ago
I'm fairly certain ZombiU and Ninja Gaiden have more blood/gore than GTA and they have no problem being on the console with no censors. At the end of the day it's the parents responsibility to make sure kids don't play games like this. Game boxes have a rating on them, if it says 18 the only way your kid can play it is if you buy it for them. If you buy them a game with blood/gore, murder, prostitutes, car jacking, drugs etc. you can't get angry at the hardware or the software company for making the game or having the game on their system, you're the one who bought it, it's your fault. The problem with people these days is they don't know how to accept responsibility for their mistakes.
GraveLord  +   700d ago
You need to learn to read between the lines. The game isn't coming to Wii U. Rockstar was being kind with their response.

What they really meant was "We make games for adults, Nintendo makes consoles for kids, we don't mix well together"
ShaunCameron  +   700d ago
Actually what they meant to say is that they make games for no-lifers and Nintendo makes consoles for those with better things to do than play video games all day. Of course they wouldn't mix together. And Nintendo has already proven that they don't need R* or GTA to sell consoles.
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jslash  +   700d ago
No. Reggie said he'd love to have the game on the Wii U.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   700d ago
This article is a crock of fear mongering fanboy bullshit.

I guess this writer never played Mad World, HOTD Overkill, Manhunt 2, etc

Some people are so terrified about GTA showing up on other consoles. I still remember when fanboys tried to claim that GTA was "a playstation franchise."

Oh and BTW, doesn't the owners of N4G also own this site? I just learned that Hava Media owns a lot of the sites you see on N4G.
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jay2  +   700d ago
Erm, Zombi U, Assins creed 3,COD, BAYANETTA 2 for god sake. Nintendo won't be the cause of GTA V not coming to Wii u.
wiiulee  +   700d ago
thats foolishness..why wouldnt they want to make money on the wiiu the hot product on the market and nintendo is not holding back third parties in any way on the wiiu...i expect it to come to the wiiu and be the best version real soon
BananaEatingSquid  +   699d ago
For all the people saying that the Wii U sucks, I'm just wondering... have you even played it?

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