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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Quote of the Day

Only in the game industry do you have conversations like this:
"No I think it can have exposed bones as long as there's skin on it..."

Most people, by now, I believe are familiar with the fact that blood is removed from German versions of games (most just turn the blood green), however lesser well-known is this... some Asian countries, for cultural reasons, do not want skulls in their games. The word on the street from artists who I know that have had to deal with it, say that it's okay as long as there is some flesh attached.

If you're familiar with the Warhammer franchise, you can see why this may pose us some localization issues.


RVonE said...

What if the skull has skin right next to it?

Milkman519 said...

Wow, I've never heard of that before. I wonder why they don't allow skulls.

Casey "Rev/Mopar" Cannon said...

I wondered why some of my Asian aquaintances had never heard of "The Punisher".

Bob C said...

welcome to our world, Carrie. Really, this is just somethign the Chinese govt does to fuck with us american game dev/publishers. I'd bet dollars to RMB that there's plenty of skeletons and crap in the Chinese MMOs.

Mike H. said...

The remark about games in Germany having no blood etc. is no longer true. The rules have been relaxed quite a bit in the last 4-5 years.

You're simply not allowed to make uber-brutal and give direct rewards for killing (e.g. the ACES system in R6V2 had to go, because you are rewarded with higher scores and better weapons for certain kill types).

Simply having blood when you wound/kill is no longer a problem. GTA IV and other games are completely uncensored here.

Still I guess that Warhammer could be a problem, at least when the violence level is as high as with e.g. "Viking" (which I loved).

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