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For those unaware, a recent policy change at Sony, within the last year, has seen a push against Japanese games with sexual content. It started with them trying to force censoring into Japanese games that were planned to be released in the west, such as Omega Labyrinth Z and Senran Kagura: Burst Renewal, forcing those devs to either delay western releases in order to make changes that satisfied Sony, or to cancel their planned western release because the changes made the localization process too expensive, or because the devs didn't want to compromise their artistic vision in order to satisfy Sony's whims. Now it seems to have gotten worse, Sony is apparently now forcing all Japanese devs to have their games go through a 2nd, western content inspection, in addition to the Japanese CERO ratings board content inspection, even for games that are not intended to be released in the west. 

Source: http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/9212646.html

Translations of some comments from Japanese gamers about this news, from ResetEra:

これでもし新作ニーア作ったとしてもゲンシュタルトみたいにオッさんが主人公じゃないとPSには出せないな
"I guess this means the next Nier will have to have an old man protagonist like in Gestalt or they won't be able to release it on PS"
ソニーはもう日本の会社じゃないただのアメリカの犬な
"Sony's not a Japanese company anymore just America's dog."
外人糞ハードになった糞ステは終わり
"It became a shitty foreign system and now it's over for it."
マジかよソニー最低だな任天堂に逃げろよ
"Seriously? Sony, you are the worst. Run towards Nintendo!"
ペアレンタルコントロール機能つけて大人向けは無規制にしろよ
"Just put parental controls on and don't restrict games intended for adults."
スイッチの時代キターーーー
"The era of the Switch has arrived!"
ソニーは銭ゲバ企業だからなメーカーとしてのプライドなんてないんだろ
"Sony is a cheap ass violent games enterprise now. They have no pride as a brand?"
おーい ゴキブリは硬派だから女キャラは全員ブサイクでもいいってさー性欲関係ないってw
"Hey! Roaches are tough. So,they are cool to have all of their female characters be so plain and ugly. Not like it has anything to do with any urges they have. lulz"
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 27 October 2018

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Forcing the western sjw way on games and mangas won't work well in Japan. If so, the manga industry will take a dive just like comic sales dumped to historic lows once Marvel/DC began hiring sjw writers/artists.



PC will always be best platform: even if games get censored, modding means censorship can be undone.



KLAMarine said:
PC will always be best platform: even if games get censored, modding can ensure censorship can be undone.

Nothing can stop nude mods on PC, nothing.



That's pretty lame. But, Sony is a private company, and can do as they wish. As consumers, were free to take our money elsewhere. Unfortunately, I don't know that MS is substantially better (maybe they are, i truly don't know), and Ninty is far worse, as I understand it.



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its simple - make an option to turn nudity on or off. thats all that needs to happen



CuCabeludo said:
KLAMarine said:
PC will always be best platform: even if games get censored, modding can ensure censorship can be undone.

Nothing can stop nude mods on PC, nothing.

Nothing can stop Overwatch porn, hahahahaha!

 

Blizzard's trying but no luck last I heard...



VAMatt said:
That's pretty lame. But, Sony is a private company, and can do as they wish. As consumers, were free to take our money elsewhere. Unfortunately, I don't know that MS is substantially better (maybe they are, i truly don't know), and Ninty is far worse, as I understand it.

They've actually been getting better this gen. They allowed Senran Kagura: Shinobi Refle on Switch this gen, which is basically a full game built around the touching mini-game that Sony just forced the removal of in Senran Kagura: Burst Renewal. 



Yerm said:
its simple - make an option to turn nudity on or off. thats all that needs to happen

The worst thing is, the games they've been censoring are already censored. For instance Senran Kagura games, they've been censored for years, nipples and crotches are covered by flashes of light, but that wasn't good enough for Sony, they additionally forced the removal of a mini-game that allows you to interact with the girls. Recently Sony forced this monstrosity of a censoring job to happen:

Switch version: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oneangrygamer/45497077362/in/dateposted-public/

PS4 version: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oneangrygamer/44821969904/in/dateposted-public/

The woman wasn't even nude, she was wearing a normal bathing suit that isn't even all that skimpy, and as you can see Sony forced ridiculously huge light beams to cover up the swimsuit. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 27 October 2018

Sony just wants good wholesome fun on their system. What's wrong with that?