With Censorship This Inane, Criminal Girls Should Have Stayed In Japan

Somewhere beyond this eerily silent, pink-mist clogged screenshot is the "motivation" mini-game from the unabashedly risque Japanese game Criminal Girls. Stripping the sound and obscuring the action made it okay for Western release—only no it didn't.

Rachel_Alucard3445d ago (Edited 3445d ago )

Thanks for advertising this game. I'll be picking up 2 copies now to support this practice of localizing niche games.

Also lol kotaku article. Thank god for pastebin

Lasombra3445d ago

And yet still so self-righteous and condescending that article is.

brish3444d ago

I almost clicked on the link until I saw it was from kotaku.

That was close!

EZMickey3444d ago

@brish Funny, I thought I was the only one who made an effort to steer clear of Kotaku.

drizzom3444d ago (Edited 3444d ago )

Good move with the pastebin. I shudder every time I see kotakus name underneath the title. Such a god awful website.

recto853444d ago

Thx for pastebin, so many clicks are lost for clickbaitaku.

3-4-53444d ago (Edited 3444d ago )

kotaku " Game is too sexist"

Same game

Kotaku " Game isn't sexist enough"

I don't see the appeal of these games at all...they aren't for me, but I mean if others want to play them then they should still be made.

drizzom3444d ago

Same here. The game ain't my cup of tea but it sure as hell has every right to exist without it being tampered with.

IrisHeart3445d ago (Edited 3445d ago )

I like how Kotaku is crying about censorship when they are one of the most scummiest of websites around. Although this time I agree with them. Meh.

Remy_S3445d ago

Funny how if there wasn't censorship, they would most likely write an article claiming that the game is sexist. But I do agree there should never be censorship; I would much rather rather support a publisher like Xseed that tries to keep their games as true to the original as possible.

rainslacker3445d ago (Edited 3445d ago )

They were complaining that there wasn't enough censorship, so it doesn't meet their standards of what is appropriate for Americans.

According to NISA, the censorship is in the form of some of the voices being removed from the mini-game, and more steam added to scenes that "didn't have enough steam"...assuming it's because it didn't cover up enough of the naughty bits.

So at least in this case, Kotaku is remaining consistent with their, "We don't find it appropriate, so it's not acceptable" attitude.

Luckily I was able to figure this out from the description, and my own knowledge of what NISA did with the localization to not give Kotaku a click.

Anyhow, have my special edition pre-ordered. Thanks for the heads up Kotaku. Good to know that the censorship is minimal.

IrisHeart3445d ago

"Some of them and some of you no doubt feel such a game has no business coming to North America and Europe. I agree, but not for the same reason. If NIS America wants to make a little money off the awkward pervert crowd, more power to them. Just don't insult them by taking a core game mechanic and "hiding" it behind a cloud of smoke." - Kotaku

Kinda bitch/hypocritical move by adding the label "pervert" to this game while they praise murder simulators...but they are sorta right. Censorship is still there, it defeats the whole purpose for me as a consumer to support said product.

jambola3445d ago

Actually here's one line to show you that your wrong

"If NIS America wants to make a little money off the awkward pervert crowd, more power to them. Just don't insult them by taking a core game mechanic and "hiding" it behind a cloud of smoke"

Here's some advice for future commenting
step 1, read article
step 2, comment

Never skip step 1, at the risk of looking sill and misinformed

rainslacker3445d ago

First of all, NISA isn't trying to make money off the awkward pervert crowd. They are trying to make money off Otaku who like any kind of niche Japanese games.

The smoke, and removing of sound effects was to placate places like Kotaku who would have called this a perverse piece of crap had they not. Guess that plan didn't work out so well did it.

Now they complain that NISA is just hiding the game mechanic. Which they aren't. Some things are being obscured, but the game mechanic stays the same. Perhaps the author, being a game journalist, should actually find out what constitutes a game mechanic, and what constitutes presentation.

That one comment does nothing to change my original thoughts on what this article would be about, it's just Kotaku trying to discredit this game based on their own moral standards which others do not adhere to, all while throwing in some insults about the people who may want to play this game.

I'm not insulted by the censorship, I'm insulted by places like Kotaku calling the people who would want to buy this game perverts, or some other derogatory term.

Kotaku has a long history of taking games like this, and finding some reason to say they are just wrong for American release. I may have been wrong about what their actual reason was this time, and I did that based on the description and their previous articles on this very game. I don't buy it for one minute though that the authors concern was that it was insulting to the player.

IrisHeart3444d ago (Edited 3444d ago )

"Just don't insult them by taking a core game mechanic and "hiding" it behind a cloud of smoke"

How you read it.
"It isn't censored enough!"

Actual translation
"Don't censor something esp since it is niche and is aimed at them perverts."

1. Learn how to read.
2. Or don't.

This was aimed at jambola btw. :/

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DragonKnight3444d ago (Edited 3444d ago )

@TakoLuka: What do you think this article would be if there were absolutely no censorship involved at all? It would be filed under Kotaku's "Feminism" tag and blasted for being misogynist and sexist. Kotaku are hypocrites through and through. NISA added more censoring of aspects of the game precisely because of sites like Kraptaku and Polygone who would slam the game no matter what they did, and this just proves the point.

This disingenuous author trying to say that there shouldn't have been censorship for a game that would only appeal to a niche group (which the author insults) would be replaced by an author who thinks the game shouldn't have even made it to the NA market if there were no censorship at all, and both authors would be from Kraptaku.

We see that Kraptaku exist solely to insert their ideologies, sensibilities, and feelings into what is appropriate for the gaming industry and the consumers of gaming products. With Kraptaku, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

**EDIT** This part is directed at the author. If everyone were as Puritan as the people at Kraptaku (I'll let you all laugh at that, considering Nathan Grayson), then the human race would have never survived. Sex isn't a dirty filthy poison, but perhaps most of Kraptaku hasn't been through that part of the education process yet.

OmegaShen3445d ago

Kind of bs games like this censor but other don't. I know it up the rating of the game, but this bs makes me just want to import it.

Soldierone3445d ago

People were upset with this months ago when we found out it was censoring this bad.... lol

Sorry, but Kotaku is acting like pure hypocrites right now. Do I think the censorship is stupid? Yes, but if it didn't have it Kotaku would just run a story about how the game is inappropriate for other reasons and should be censored or not released yatta yatta ....