By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Close

Forums - Sony Discussion - Sony ramping up censoring of Japanese games, now forcing all Japanese games to go through Western content inspections

pokoko said:
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.  

Regardless, the ESRB's function is to determine if the game's content is okay to be shown or not. In addition, what you said is only partially true. In Canada, the government enforces ESRB ratings in a handful of its provinces.



Around the Network
Aura7541 said:
pokoko said:

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.  

Regardless, the ESRB's function is to determine if the game's content is okay to be shown or not. In addition, what you said is only partially true. In Canada, the government enforces ESRB ratings in a handful of its provinces.

I said, "I can't speak for anywhere else."



pokoko said:
Aura7541 said:

Regardless, the ESRB's function is to determine if the game's content is okay to be shown or not. In addition, what you said is only partially true. In Canada, the government enforces ESRB ratings in a handful of its provinces.

I said, "I can't speak for anywhere else."

When you said "anywhere else", I assumed you were referring to PEGI and CERO because you cited ESRB as an exception.



When has censorship ever been a good thing?



I remember someone once telling me that Sakura from Naruto was a better heroine than Nami from One Piece, and legitimately brought up Sakura showing less skin as a reason. It was totally baffling and inane to me, but sometimes I wonder if it's not rare for people to put a bigger focus on design and aesthetic more than the actual content behind those designs.

To me, and just taking this news as is, this is a disappointing decision by Sony. Not only because its caving to crybabies who these games aren't appealing to in the first place, but because added regulation is likely going to make things harder for smaller devs who might not have the resources to fund another round of regulations, and only get by with a loyal fanbase who likes the type of aesthetics these games are aiming for.

Of course, I can understand why Sony would do it, given today's political climate, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing to me.



NNID: Zephyr25 / PSN: Zephyr--25 / Switch: SW-4450-3680-7334

Around the Network
Slade6alpha said:
Good on Sony. Don't need to see that stuff.

As if they were forcing you to play those games otherwise.



Bet with Intrinsic:

The Switch will outsell 3DS (based on VGchartz numbers), according to me, while Intrinsic thinks the opposite will hold true. One month avatar control for the loser's avatar.

Man, we've been a long way since the localization controversy of #FE TMS ... Nintendo has pratically open themselves to everything and now Sony tries to do the exact contrary of what they promoted at the beginning of PS4's life.

Still doesn't change my stance that if it's inputed mindlessly into the game with no reason than just for the hornies out there, then I certainly won't cry over such things.



Switch Friend Code : 3905-6122-2909 

Mar1217 said:
Man, we've been a long way since the localization controversy of #FE TMS ... Nintendo has pratically open themselves to everything and now Sony tries to do the exact contrary of what they promoted at the beginning of PS4's life.

Still doesn't change my stance that if it's inputed mindlessly into the game with no reason than just for the hornies out there, then I certainly won't cry over such things.

Well yeah, if not enough people like the content enough to purchase a game, then the developer won't earn a good profit or even amass a net loss. At that point, they either change things up to make their products more appealing to the consumers or close down.



Amazing! It's difficult to express how happy this news makes me!



Chinese food for breakfast

 

Well if the Switch did not have Japan on lock before, it certainly will now!



Nintendo Switch Friend Code: SW-5643-2927-1984

Animal Crossing NH Dream Address: DA-1078-9916-3261