originals\ Mar 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

Opinion: Western censorship spreads to Japan with Star Ocean 5 and it's not OK

Another game changed for people who won't buy it

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Star Ocean 5: Integrity and FaithlessnessI wonder who's next on the censorship block...

This censorship row started with localization teams filtering out content they found objectionable and making up their own stories. It progressed to the point that Western developers have begun catching flak for bowing down and altering their own content. Now it's pressuring Japanese developers to make the changes themselves, be it self-censoring or not bringing the games over.

This attitude of “I don't like it, so you can't have it” is just cyber bullying. As long as your social media mob dislikes something, it's perfectly fine to insult the people who enjoy it, fine to lie and slander if the opposition is unpopular. These same people who harp on and on about how cultural appropriation oppresses minority cultures, while treading over an unpopular minority they don't like.

This will end the same way all bullying does, when the perpetrators stop getting attention for their actions and find a new target. Once they're gone, perhaps the real feminists, the women who are motivated to take action and make real games, good games, will rise up and take us to an era in gaming where there is a full spectrum of female characters. Where female characters don't have to be perfect, and can show their flaws without some imbecile getting their jimmies rustled because she's not perfect and crying sexism.

If I could say a few things to the Japanese gamers:

  • I'm sorry our nutters have begun ruining things that you love. I think it says a lot about how bad our culture has become that we produce shitty human beings that want to take away entertainment from others, because they themselves don't like it.
  • I'm sorry that proponents of censorship insult your country because it has different views on sexuality and what's acceptable.
  • I agree that its a shame members of American society try to alter your culture, despite the warped, ultra-violence prevalent in our society. Somehow it's fine to show multiple beheadings in a PG-13 movie, but skimpy clothes and breasts aren't fit for adult consumption in videogames.
  • You are not alone in your frustration. There are many Westerners just as pissed off as you are that this is happening. Maybe if you're loud enough together it will stop, but you have to do it in a way that doesn't make you look bad, like the posts from earlier in this article.
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