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Can't say enough how bizarre it is for me that between Nintendo and Sony this gen, Nintendo is the one that is ok to launch the games from thirds the way they are and Sony is the one doing the censorship.



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Stuart23 said:
Can't say enough how bizarre it is for me that between Nintendo and Sony this gen, Nintendo is the one that is ok to launch the games from thirds the way they are and Sony is the one doing the censorship.

Yeah, that's really weird. It's like as if they had a role reversal.



Oh, no, not their artistic vision!



And the thing is that these games were approved by the ESRB, CERO, and so forth. If Sony gets to dictate what can go on their platform because of their personal feelings, then what's the point of rating boards in the first place? You know, their function is to determine if a game's content can be legally shown or not.



This won’t end well. I can see Sony losing their support if this continues.



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Stuart23 said:
Can't say enough how bizarre it is for me that between Nintendo and Sony this gen, Nintendo is the one that is ok to launch the games from thirds the way they are and Sony is the one doing the censorship.

With Ninty it is totally understandable. Its about making themselves as open to 3rd parties as possible since they have been lacking them for many console generations, and the 3DS saw a sharp decline in 3rd party support when compared to the DS. Their more open policies was to ensure the Switch had as good a chance as it could have (taken into account their usual relations with 3rd parties with consoles and the decline being seen on their handhelds).

As for Sony... I assume they are looking to commercialise their brand further with PSN (their financial records are super healthy here) and perhaps even PS Now (which will only broaden onto more hardware types.

That said, I don't support the idea of censorship (depending on content) but I also don't play these games so it does not affect me. Though it could be a little problematic for Japanese devs in Japan to have to do this. Maybe the current cultural-political climate is being considered here from Sony.  Or they are just idiots. 



So, Sony is turning into what Nintendo used to be?
Is this the Matrix or something?



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shikamaru317 said:
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. 

what game is that from? ....

 

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Good on Sony. Don't need to see that stuff.




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Aura7541 said:
And the thing is that these games were approved by the ESRB, CERO, and so forth. If Sony gets to dictate what can go on their platform because of their personal feelings, then what's the point of rating boards in the first place? You know, their function is to determine if a game's content can be legally shown or not.

I can't speak for anywhere else but the ESRB has nothing to do with if a game's content can be legally shown.  It's an arbitrary, self-regulatory system, not a government system.