“Gears 5,” the forthcoming installment in the “Gears of Wars” third-person shooter game franchise, will be a smoke-free establishment.
Young kids shouldn't be playing this in the first place. The censorship is stupid.
Yep, seems stupid and unnecessary considering it's a rated M game. But I also dont remember anyone in Gears smoking anyway. If there has been it was never used as a narrative device or useable item like MGS or RDR. Probably something we wouldn't have even noticed if they didnt say anything and try to virtue signal this for some points.
https://www.newgrounds.com/... Hardy Har har
https://www.newgrounds.com/... is there something wrong with the Audio or is it just me
Seriously 'SkatterBrain'? Way to be a sick f*ck.
Michael Barrik smoked in the Gears 3 dlc
Wow, Newgrounds. Is it 2006 again?
Vanquish had the best use of in-game smoking ever, IMO
That was my first thought. Rated M for MATURE. Adults game. Developers can't and shouldn't be held accountable for poor parenting. If it's rated M develop and do wtf you want.
Right?! Worried about “influences” about smoking... but go take a chainsaw to the bad guy while the screen splatters blood everywhere... 😂🤔
Of all of the recent censorship stories, this one is quite possibly the most ridiculous of the lot. For goodness sake, why can't we just tell these overly offended hypocritical weirdos to get a grip? Why must the world so often give in to such a tiny miniority that complains about the most ridiculous nonsense? This quote made me laugh (and not in a haha that's funny way) “I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking. It’s always been important for me to not use smoking as a narrative device, which is why we made the conscious choice to avoid highlighting or glorifying smoking in ‘Gears 5’ and throughout the Gears of War Universe moving forward.” This comes across as completely ridiculous. You could use that same excuse for guns. Just replace the word smoking with guns and it's the same thing. It's highly possible he has not experienced the devasting impact of guns firsthand, but I am 100% sure he understands the devastating impact guns have had on millions upon millions of people around the world. The guy is a clown.
Difference is, Gears wouldn't be very good if there was no shooting of stuff. I guess they could change it to water pistols and the aliens could be deathly allergic to water or something. I can't see any way that having smoking in any way would hinder or improve the game, so removing it is inconsequential. Of course, the reasons for removing it are also silly if that's why they did it. It does, as you say, reek of hypocrisy.
Gears of paint ball doesn't roll off the tongue as well.
Smoking was never in Gears to begin with except 1 small scene in gears 3. This alliance is symbolic. Rod Fergusson has a very firm stance against smoking.
It's his game lol 😂 If he doesn't want to promote smoking, that's his choice
All these censorships..... geez
No censorship,Smoking is bad for all ages and unlike guns they're easily accessible to anyone around the world, and let's be real most kids are playing these M rated games anyway.
Well, it's also stupid that people are smoking in Gears. I haven't played it in a very long time, but isn't it set in the future, and aren't they a space-faring society? No one would ever smoke on a space ship, it causes too many problems. That's the real driver behind banning smoking on airplanes, it caused too many maintenance problems, so the airlines were happy to oblige when they were pushed to ban smoking. The problems are much greater in the sealed environment of a space ship.
I disagree, Gears of War is a mature rated franchise. A gaming showing smoking doesn’t mean the game is actually promoting smoking.
as long as the character dies of Cancer after Said Cigarette is Inhaled i see no problem with Cancer Sticks being in Games
That'd be some Rian Johnson level subversion right there.
You're ok with chainsaw decapitation but irked by cigarettes
Fuck off, child.
Big bulky guys with shades, tattoos, and a cigar in the mouth is old and edgy.
Overprotective is the word you’re wanting to use. Sjw has literally nothing to do with this. Parents need to just stop buying their kids games rated M and stop taking them to R rated movies. I never saw a character smoke and thought “sign me up for that”.
Speak for yourself. I recently watched stranger things and now I smoke 4 packs a day and all I wear are Hawaiian shirts.
This isn't even parents complaining. It's just some group that wants to say that anything that depicts smoking somehow promotes smoking. I dont know if there is any research based backing to the claim, or if it's just for feels. Overall, I doubt ita going to impact the narrative or game in anyway, as smoking was never a thing in the games anyways.
Yes apparently they case cancer as well
What doesn't nowadays?
These weak minded people who complain about everything nowadays are a cancer to society.
Why do you automatically assume it's a single Japanese woman? That's racist, sexist, AND ... marital status..ist....
Yes, although a less common avenue for them. Usually it involves intersectionalism.
A mature, 18+ rated game with blood and guts, is getting censored for little kids over smoking? -_-
Apparently it was the Esport presenter who asked them to since they're trying to make Gears an esport. And plenty of kids will watch the esport... but yeah, another case of blood and violence is okay, but a character smoking (not even promoting) is not okay...
So they want the kids to watch a game they can't buy?
Kids should not be able to watch a "ESPORT" showcasing a Rated M game. Period. This is the https://truthinitiative.org... .....a Very untruthful scare tactic site/org
It's, apparently, been Rod Fergusons position since the start of the franchise, which is why there's only one brief shot in the entire series.
Yep welcome to 2019 and nxt gen gaming.
So how do you suppose they use smoke grenades HMMMMMM
Damn... they're screwed now
Why use a smoke grenade when an explosive one will create more mess and be more kiddie friendly.
Why would you do that on an m rated game. Stop being a bunch of dummies. Jesus christ people suck now.
This shit gets dumber by the day.
Honk Honk Honk
It's actually just Rod Ferguson's personal decision after seeing his friends die from smoking. It's not some anti-smoking stance, the article is incorrect.
Better take out the chainsaws then because gears makes it look fun as shit. We wouldn’t want our poor influenced children running around with chainsaws :(
Violence is okay, just no nudity or smoking
True. You don’t need to be 18 to buy a chainsaw.
So nude violence while smoking is out then
Off topic, but I just finished getting the plat for South Park: TSOT, and all I could think during so many places in the game is how that content couldn't have made it into the game with Sony's new censorship policies. Full frontal male and female nudity. Explicit sex scenes, albeit animated. Masturbation scene. The player performing an abortion of sorts. So on and so forth. I know the game came out a while ago, but I wonder if it ever gets re-released if it'd be allowed in that form on any port....like say a PS5 port remaster. I've started playing SP:TFBW now, and haven't gotten to much like that yet, but they gave away TSOT free with TFBW, and I could see them doing something similar with another game. I think that and the next GTA may be a good test of the policy to see if it's enforced equitably, or if it's just Sony singling out less mainstream products people seem to get upset about and causes them to look bad. In the case of this game, it seems there is a pretty hypocritical reason to remove it. While it wouldn't really affect the game or narrative in any way overall, they could have found a better excuse, or just not said anything about it, because no one up to now has thought there would be smoking scenes, and they haven't shown any that I can remember. If they weren't there, then no one would have been the wiser, but I guess doing it gives them the chance to appear like they're responsible developers who don't want to promote bad things among our youth...unless its violence, and removing it would fundamentally alter the product at its core....then the purity of our children be damned.
So your telling me there's a chance
Cuz after all the wanton violence, we definitely don’t want any characters to be depicted smoking Gotta think of the children after all
More conservative nonsense.
I like to call them conservacucks
wtf is a cuck?
@psychotica It's another name for a rooster.
This sounds more like Liberal SJW stuff to me
Sjw's are anything but conservative fgs lol.
Lately it seems some developers are censoring some of the games that appear on all console platforms.
Pretty dumb censorship for a game that's for a mature audience. Anyone remember the firebats from StarCraft?