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shikamaru317 said:
0D0 said:

Right, and my question is Which games that are below CERO-D are being censored so far?

I don't think they've censored any below CERO D, they are targeting games that would have or did receive CERO D (17+) and CERO Z (18+) ratings and forcing additional changes. It's senseless, even Nintendo, who was awful about censoring games last gen, is allowing many of these same games on Switch unaltered. 

I agree that it's kinda nonsense to make it hard for those CERO D+ games, but I still think that Sony will only censor a bunch of silly small ecchi games that in the end it'll make no difference. Those games must make a very small percentage for Sony but every time they showed up, they make bad press. It's bad for the devs though, but this sort of content fits PC better.

Japanese are obsessed about underage girl hentai and it doesn't fit in the West at all. If Sony wants to be more like a western company, like Microsoft, Apple or Google. Can a dev upload this sort of game to Apple Store? I don't know, really, I suppose not. So I guess it's not a bad move to get away from this sort of filthy little content. It's shocking for most people to see "cartoon kids" that way, even when it's rated mature.



My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

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0D0 said:
shikamaru317 said:

I don't think they've censored any below CERO D, they are targeting games that would have or did receive CERO D (17+) and CERO Z (18+) ratings and forcing additional changes. It's senseless, even Nintendo, who was awful about censoring games last gen, is allowing many of these same games on Switch unaltered. 

I agree that it's kinda nonsense to make it hard for those CERO D+ games, but I still think that Sony will only censor a bunch of silly small ecchi games that in the end it'll make no difference. Those games must make a very small percentage for Sony but every time they showed up, they make bad press. It's bad for the devs though, but this sort of content fits PC better.

Japanese are obsessed about underage girl hentai and it doesn't fit in the West at all. If Sony wants to be more like a western company, like Microsoft, Apple or Google. Can a dev upload this sort of game to Apple Store? I don't know, really, I suppose not. So I guess it's not a bad move to get away from this sort of filthy little content. It's shocking for most people to see "cartoon kids" that way, even when it's rated mature.

Why does it fit PC better? These games sell more on console than they do on PC. In the West, that isn't always the case, but we're talking about Japanese games that will only ever be released in Japan. 

and nothing you said in the second paragraph has anything to do with what has been done or any policy change. Microsoft and Valve have fewer restrictions for their platforms, and the Apple Store/Google Play market both allow more explicit things than what has been censored.



outlawauron said:
0D0 said:

I agree that it's kinda nonsense to make it hard for those CERO D+ games, but I still think that Sony will only censor a bunch of silly small ecchi games that in the end it'll make no difference. Those games must make a very small percentage for Sony but every time they showed up, they make bad press. It's bad for the devs though, but this sort of content fits PC better.

Japanese are obsessed about underage girl hentai and it doesn't fit in the West at all. If Sony wants to be more like a western company, like Microsoft, Apple or Google. Can a dev upload this sort of game to Apple Store? I don't know, really, I suppose not. So I guess it's not a bad move to get away from this sort of filthy little content. It's shocking for most people to see "cartoon kids" that way, even when it's rated mature.

Why does it fit PC better? These games sell more on console than they do on PC. In the West, that isn't always the case, but we're talking about Japanese games that will only ever be released in Japan. 

and nothing you said in the second paragraph has anything to do with what has been done or any policy change. Microsoft and Valve have fewer restrictions for their platforms, and the Apple Store/Google Play market both allow more explicit things than what has been censored.

You know, PC is more like old west while consoles have more standard stuff. I usually see much more hentai games for PC than for consoles.

You say Japanese games that will only ever be released in Japan. Fair enough then. I thought they were censoring Japanese games for western releases.



My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

There were three ravens sat on a tree / They were as blacke as they might be / The one of them said to his mate, Where shall we our breakfast take?


KLAMarine said:
dx11332sega said:
I wonder who is behind this decision ? censoring japanese games in japan >_> wow so western

Japan is weird. Their porn is censored.

A bit of an oxymoron that. If it's censored it shouldn't really be considered porn anymore



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Ka-pi96 said:
KLAMarine said:

Japan is weird. Their porn is censored.

A bit of an oxymoron that. If it's censored it shouldn't really be considered porn anymore

Japan has no porn then x_x



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0D0 said:
outlawauron said:

Why does it fit PC better? These games sell more on console than they do on PC. In the West, that isn't always the case, but we're talking about Japanese games that will only ever be released in Japan. 

and nothing you said in the second paragraph has anything to do with what has been done or any policy change. Microsoft and Valve have fewer restrictions for their platforms, and the Apple Store/Google Play market both allow more explicit things than what has been censored.

You know, PC is more like old west while consoles have more standard stuff. I usually see much more hentai games for PC than for consoles.

You say Japanese games that will only ever be released in Japan. Fair enough then. I thought they were censoring Japanese games for western releases.

That is true, there is more quantity on PC than consoles, but that doesn't stop them from making more money on console. They finish the real (often adult) version on PC to sell at Comiket or other fan events and then port an all ages version to consoles. That's how the market has been done for 20 years.

and yeah, that is the topic. SIE (sony games HQ in California) is forcing Japanese developers to go through an approval process entirely in English for their game to release in Japan.



Ever since they moved their HQ to Cali it's been downhill.



The Switch version of Nekopara Vol.1 is rated M per Nintendo's website. Meanwhile, the PS4 version is rated E per the ESRB's site. You gotta wonder how much did Sony make the developers gut the PS4 version for it to go down not just one tier in the ESRB ratings, but two... I didn't expect Sony to pull something more comical than the white rays of light in Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart.



gooch_destroyer said:
Ever since they moved their HQ to Cali it's been downhill.

No one who even casually reads about what laws or attitudes pass in CL these day should be surprised.

Let's pray that Nintendo never moves their headquarters from Tokio .

Last edited by Stefan.De.Machtige - on 07 November 2018

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So.... What you're saying is Nintendo was winning Japan regardless, but now Sony is just handing everything to Ninty. This basically means a lot of Japanese creators will say screw Sony and support ninty all the way especially the English documentation and verification part. This will not only influence developers now but damage Sony for generations to come if they don't stop it. Ninty treated developers badly and it meant they lost all of them and are only just getting them back.( And even then very slowly). What'll happen next, Sony becomes the kiddy company? Or the gory company? Seriously it feels like Sony just can't be happy at the top and be a gracious winner. They are just looking for ways to screw up PS5. Remember perception is everything and that's the only thing that desperately xbone and PS4 after xbone got kid of kinect. The perception was already built and that was a huge step in PS4 becoming the beast it is and same for the switch, the Wii, the DS and the PS2, If Sony continues this nonsense, I seriously hope(but doubt) that they lose at least a week to xbone in japan



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