Where The *!$% Are Profanity Filters In Games and Streaming Services?

Why is it that video games and streaming services like Netflix don't have profanity filters? Has anyone attempted it and how could it be achieved?

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monkey602679d ago

You know of all the issues you'll find people support and stand behind. This ain't gonna be one.

There are a lot more pressing issues need fixing sooner than a few curse words.

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NecrumOddBoy679d ago

Can we first ban people blasting their garbage background stereo music over the microphone?

monkey602679d ago

Yes! Or with screaming babies in the background!

I get they cry. I have a 2 year old, he has those moments. I just don't broadcast them in a public lobby!

MWH678d ago

It's not a bad idea to have more people raise the concerns about the different kind of issues of all severity levels. By the time a more pressing issue is resolved you could have multiple smaller issues sorted with the proper care and follow up.

BlackIceJoe679d ago

I have would have no problem with giving customers more options like being able to turn off language that you don't like.

I could be wrong, but being completely honest I don't think it would be hard to implement into games too.

Inverno679d ago

Maybe because something that's meant to be viewed and played by adults don't need it? If you can't handle a few f bombs then perhaps watch a kids show or something.

P_Bomb679d ago

Sometimes it’s just lazy writing, trying to sound edgy. Predator has a canned “get to the chopper” but when I clicked it once I got a generic “F this let’s get the F outta here.” I wanted the Schwarzenegger line, as written!

Inverno679d ago (Edited 679d ago )

I don't think the solution for lazy writing would be to have an option to censor it tho. I'll agree that there is some really bad writing and often edgy with pointless swearing, but I can't understand being so triggered by a swear that you need it censored. You get a warning by ratings, you know exactly what you're getting into bedore you start watching or playing.
It's like how Japan censors porn as if people can't tell what's happening in porn.

LordoftheCritics679d ago (Edited 679d ago )

Yes it is poor writing.

F this F that, is expression of stress.

Stress can be expressed masterfully by better words, sentences, pauses, silence, expressions etc etc

CS7679d ago

Honestly what’s wrong with an option? Some adult who don’t swear would prefer to have entertainment without swear words.

Is that really that hard to understand?

Inverno679d ago (Edited 679d ago )

There's a difference between not swearing and not wanting to hear swearing though. The word is still being said and the bleeping or muting would just imply regardless and make it more obvious. Of course we could also use the excuse that it's "for the kids" but kids eventually learn swear words from their parents and it's up to the parent to teach em that they shouldn't say it.
I see more of just another thing to whine about by all the oversensitive people who seem to want the world to be like how it is in "We Happy Few"

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CS7678d ago (Edited 678d ago )


Not for kids.

I enjoy a product more without swear words, even if it is censored.

I’m a fully functional adult who hears swearing daily on the job and understand it is a normal part of life.

However, if given an option, I always choose the ‘clean’ version of something.

Does that mean I didn’t enjoy The Last of Us? No? But if I had an option to censor swear words would I do it? Yes.

P_Bomb678d ago (Edited 678d ago )

Games already have god mode, cheats, toggles for blood/gore and difficulty. It’s not rocket science.

Re. Get to the choppa. I’m guessing ppl are too young to remember that was the catch phrase?

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assassingamer36679d ago (Edited 679d ago )

Oh great somebody woke posting. You understand there is warning label on games telling you if it is rated E, T, M, or even R....nobody expects to play GTA with filters come on now use your brain

SenorFartCushion678d ago

Woke posting? Woke people are idiotic political moderates and centerists rehashing the political correctness trend of the 1990s

Profchaos679d ago (Edited 679d ago )

Because it's a case of if you do this you will stiffle the artistic integrity of the team that worked hard on it. If you don't like swearing there are plenty of options for you but don't think you'll ever be able to boot up a game of GTA or a Quentin Tarantino movie and have a smut free experience.

I'm a parent to I don't want to expose my kids to swearing I don't think they are old enough to handle it but the last thing I want is a profanity filter on media content I want to experience rdr2 with swearing in tact not a watered down Disney version life is hard most games depict swearing appropriately in my eyes.

As a parent I simply use the available parental controls and everyone is happy little ones are not exposed and when they are in bed the content I want to view and play is at my fingertips.

There's been some research into ai that can block slurs in online play and that's one thing constant abuse from a real person directed at you is way worse than Samuel Jackson talking about big Mac's in France.

Tv did it for years as the article stated well that's not quite right maybe tv works different where I love but some extremely graphic scenes might be cut from scarface as an example overall swearing is in the movie still but most made for tv content is not interesting and with the rise of Netflix and HBO podcasting and decline of tv and radio most people agree they don't want a commercialised tv experience anymore.

CS7679d ago

… So what is wrong with a option for profanity in settings?

It doesn’t affect you and people who want it can use it. What’s the big deal?

Profchaos679d ago

If the creater of the content feels like they do t want to offer that kind of watered down experience why make them

CS7678d ago

@Profchaos There was a point when creators didn’t feel the need to put in many of the accessibility options that are in games today.

If there are people who would enjoy a product more with an option, then requesting that option isn’t invalid.

Profchaos677d ago (Edited 677d ago )

Accessibility and profanity filters are vastly different things accessibility is always about making your game playable for people who have unique physical limitations I don't think a single creater would say something like I don't think coulor blond people should play my game vs I think we should offer a pg version of red dead redemption 2 those actors and creators who worked tirelessly Iver the last ten years let's mute half the dialog remove some of the more confronting scenes and call it a day

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