Altering Games for a Western Audience: Enough is Enough

Jo from GamersFTW writes: "Here at GamersFTW we have touched upon the issue of censorship in games before. It is something we feel passionately about, and I doubt we are the only ones. It is always a topic that causes controversy because, like with most things, everyone has their own opinion as to what should be changed or taken out of a game."

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Stealth20k1529d ago (Edited 1529d ago )

Not only is it not censorship it is not a big deal. 30 minutes in a 100 hour experience is nothing. Things have been altered and changed for jrpg releases in the west for 30 years, nothing is new here. Nintendo has the right to change whatever they want. In this case, the content was so offensive, women gamers/journalists from all over the industry are praising the move.

c00lvilKid691529d ago

Where do you draw the line when it comes to removing ‘offensive content’ though? What happens when someone is offended by Schindler's List and asks the director to remove the bits about the holocaust.

Stealth20k1529d ago

Difference, a movie is 2 hours, this is 100 hours.

2pacalypsenow1529d ago (Edited 1529d ago )

It's the same concept 10 hours or 1 minute, you should not have to remove something just because a few people might get offended. That is something that is getting progressively worse in today's society. People have seemed to forget the fact that if you don't like something you should just ignore it, don't try to make them change it for you.

Philface1528d ago (Edited 1528d ago )

This comparison is limping a lot as it's the main motive of the movie. Also it seems as the japanese version of the game misses content that is in the us/eu version.

c00lvilKid691529d ago


So the censorship of the holocaust is all dependent on time difference, is it?

Had Schindler's List had been 100 hours long, it would have required censorship of offensive content. I suppose, by your standards we would have had a nice film about a nice man employing Jews in a factory. At least nobody would be offended, eh? How about history books, a lot of those require 100+ hours of reading? There’s a lot about history that offends me, should we extend your logic to books too?

Stealth20k1529d ago

Big difference between a movie based on real events and a petting minigame.

2pacalypsenow1529d ago

People today are trying to suppress our past by trying to remove it from history just look at social media where all these idiots are trying to ban the American flag because of how America was established.

c00lvilKid691529d ago

Yes, you’re right, they are very different aren’t they – but that’s the point.

I’ve applied your reasoning to a different scenario to show you just how flawed it is. Let me do it again for you. You say, ‘Things have been altered and changed for jrpg releases in the west for 30 years, nothing is new here.’ You seem to imply that doing something for an extended period of time alleviates the responsibility of having to defend actions. For hundreds of years, people kept slaves. Just because they did it for hundreds of years, doesn’t make it right, or alleviate responsibility. By your logic, I suppose we could say they’ve done it for hundreds of years, and ‘nothing is new here.’

Kalebninja1529d ago

@stealth20k I agree, ignore the troll.

HRD_Games1529d ago

Just a thing, this is about the Gay Conversion scene, not the petting stuff. Hence it's actually a rather big topic to handle in such a way in games. However, the removal of that scene hugely detracts from moments with the character involved. Therefore we have a lose/lose scenario.
My opinion, keep it in. If it causes people to discuss a heavy issue, then that can only be a good thing.

vanity291529d ago

It wasn't even a gay conversion. She is more likely bi, and she CHOSE the protagonist while stating she still likes girls.

3-4-51529d ago

* Do you guys play Fire Emblem for petting mini games or do you play it for the Story & Strategy ?

Seriously some of you need to stop being so whiney.

So you don't get to fake touch an animated characters private parts.......That actually makes you mad in real life ?

Grow up. Enjoy the game.

vanity291529d ago

Bit salty that i cant enjoy the complete game now because of western society pushing it's ideals on japanese games. Yet sex on unicorns is cool. Strip clubs are cool. Going to optional brothels is cool.

AgentSmithPS41528d ago

Why all the drama when they could just release two versions, one for kids and one for adults (proven with advanced adult verification)? I don't want to be treated like a baby-man, if anyone likes that then maybe they should move to North Korea, etc...

I'm disgusted by all this childish nonsense, I want to buy the product that was made, not something altered by fools.

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OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1528d ago

The feature itself screams adultery.
Bringing male or females into your room no matter who their married to or age.