• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • Hi Guest. We've rebooted and consolidated our Communities section, so be sure to check it out and subscribe to some threads. Thanks!

Oneangrygamer.net: Sony's PS4 Censorship Policy Forces Japanese Devs To Censor Games In Japan

Senhua

Member
Aug 7, 2018
442
409
315
Some gamers believed that if they convinced Sony of Japan to have a talk with Sony of America, they could get them to reverse the new censorship policy in place that forbids developers from including ecchi or sexual content that’s aimed at straight male gamers. However, it appears that such an effort is futile since Sony’s new policy that prohibits sexual imagery aimed at straight males is not only taking effect for titles releasing in the West for the PS4, but it also appears to be affecting games released in Japan as well.
Gematsu spotted a collection of tweets from a Japanese connoisseur of lewd games, and they released some comparison shots from the recently released visual novel Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart, which came out in Japan for PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch and PC. As noted by Gematsu, the PS4 version, in Japan, has been censored, thus proving that Sony’s ecchi extermination is in full swing.





More at the link: link
Thanks OneAngryGamer and Gematsu
 

Shin

Member
Feb 4, 2013
4,410
2,134
760
The list of anti consumer nonsense grows ever longer...
Having beef with them at the moment for a stupid decision they made with their xperia Xz3 campaign.
 

sol_bad

Member
Jan 17, 2006
3,448
1,882
1,345
What is going on? Nintendo used to be the kid/family friendly company while Sony used to cater to an older audience. What the fuck are Sony doing?
 

DeliciousDoc

Member
Sep 6, 2010
1,055
218
715
Canada
Weird decision as this doesn't seem like something that would be translated in English. Is it because of China? They buy games in Japanese. Why is sony blocking content in Japan? Because journos buy imports just to get offended?

Wonder how this will affect ryu ga gotoku. Luckily they are starting to move their library to PC but I doubt they would make that version more risque.
 

petran79

Member
Sep 17, 2012
9,922
1,406
820
What is going on? Nintendo used to be the kid/family friendly company while Sony used to cater to an older audience. What the fuck are Sony doing?
Nintendo and Sega had much more in common together than with Sony and Microsoft
 

Thiagosc777

Member
Jul 9, 2018
1,256
1,803
295
It'd be a nice opportunity for MS to offer Japanese devs freedom and have uncensored versions of their games.
 
Nov 24, 2014
394
0
345
I feel this deserves a new thread from the Senran thread.

Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart, a Japanese VN was released for PS4 and Switch yesterday. This game was originally released on PS Vita a year ago.

PS4 now has extreme censorship while the Switch version doesn't.

The game is rated CERO D which is similar to ESRB M. This game is not released in the West.


More comparisons

In case you can't see or open the Twitter links, I put a imgur comparison of one of them. (spoiler because NSFW)
PS Vita


PS4
 

Kenpachii

Member
Mar 23, 2018
2,684
2,271
555
Probably don't want porn on there screens for PR reasons.

Hard to sell to kids with stuff like that.
 

Ulysses 31

Member
Nov 24, 2013
4,288
2,401
625
Probably don't want porn on there screens for PR reasons.

Hard to sell to kids with stuff like that.
People call this porn? There isn't even full nudity. 0o

I wonder what you call actual sexual intercourse on full display...
 
Last edited:

Ar¢tos

Member
Oct 24, 2017
2,648
3,003
625
39
Portugal
Is it complete censorship or is it applied only to games were the characters ages (in-game age and/or visual look) can be perceived as them being minors?
If that's the case, I can understand why they are being more restrict.
 

RoyBrown7777

Member
Sep 7, 2018
200
132
190
Correct, the images you have posted have been censored. What do you think about it OP?

I feel in my personal opinion, that the characters are designed to embody similar traits to children and I can totally understand their reasoning for doing said censorship.
 

sol_bad

Member
Jan 17, 2006
3,448
1,882
1,345
Probably don't want porn on there screens for PR reasons.

Hard to sell to kids with stuff like that.
IMO It makes Sony look worse if Nintendo are still happy to offer these games uncensored. Are Sony trying to appease to hard letters? I mean I consider myself left leaning but this is redonk.
 

MrRogers

Member
Feb 25, 2018
261
485
330
There is a large progressive puritan wing at Sony America, and they are censoring anything a male hetero gamer might find sexy.

Patiently waiting for the last of us 2 and its celebration of lgbt sexuality.
 
Last edited:

Ulysses 31

Member
Nov 24, 2013
4,288
2,401
625
Correct, the images you have posted have been censored. What do you think about it OP?

I feel in my personal opinion, that the characters are designed to embody similar traits to children and I can totally understand their reasoning for doing said censorship.
As long it's clear the characters are adults, I don't think it's a crime or shame to look younger than your age.

I wonder where you live where children are that well endowed...
 

sol_bad

Member
Jan 17, 2006
3,448
1,882
1,345
Children? You have seen children with tits that big? Incredible. I have no interest in this game but the censoring is shameful.
 
Last edited:

Dunki

Member
Oct 24, 2017
7,609
7,710
735
This is the laziest censorship I have seen it is like using paint and a paintbrush.....
 

TheDuskwalker

Member
Feb 1, 2018
1,726
1,988
460
They look like normal cutesy styled anime 18ish area characters to me.... Even if that wasn't the case, this is Japan not America or Europe, so that still wouldn't make sense in this scenario.
 
Last edited:

Ovek

Member
May 30, 2013
2,785
942
560
You know some shit has gone down in Sony Entertainment if they are censoring more than Nintendo.
 

kunonabi

Member
Dec 2, 2010
17,208
2,234
895
Compromising sales to appease dipshits on Twitter who probably dont even own a PS4 will never stop being painfully retarded. Sony is officially using their entire platform to push their politics on its userbase. They couldn't just be happy with their first-party games ticking all the sjw boxes they had to screw over their third-party partners too.
 

Omeggos

Member
Jan 12, 2018
4,231
3,572
525
You know some shit has gone down in Sony Entertainment if they are censoring more than Nintendo.
Indeed. And i remember being pissed when they censored the western launch of dragon ball fusions (replacing sword with sticks) on the 3ds
 

TheDuskwalker

Member
Feb 1, 2018
1,726
1,988
460
Indeed. And i remember being pissed when they censored the western launch of dragon ball fusions (replacing sword with sticks) on the 3ds
This is pretty much near the same level as what happened with Tokyo Mirage Sessions, which also seems to be the game that got Nintendo to stop doing this shit after how bad the sales and backlash were.
 
Last edited:

mckmas8808

Member
May 24, 2005
42,382
5,149
1,665
Some people on this forum will cry their eyes out and fake boycott Sony, but if "THIS" is the example then I'm not surprised. I never thought any of the video game companies would allow for a woman's coochie to be displayed in a game. Seems a bit extra to be honest.
 
Jun 26, 2013
3,840
2,578
685
Next thing you know, Sony will mandate developers to remove hip bones. What a fucking timeline where the kid friendly company is being more adult than the company that supposedly caters to the more mature audience.
 

kunonabi

Member
Dec 2, 2010
17,208
2,234
895
Weird decision as this doesn't seem like something that would be translated in English. Is it because of China? They buy games in Japanese. Why is sony blocking content in Japan? Because journos buy imports just to get offended?

Wonder how this will affect ryu ga gotoku. Luckily they are starting to move their library to PC but I doubt they would make that version more risque.
They already said they were going to censor the remasters to avoid pissing off the transgenders and their white knights so I wouldnt be surprised if any other content gets neutered down the line.
 

shark sandwich

tenuously links anime, pedophile and incels
Jun 9, 2012
3,866
1,628
760
Probably don't want porn on there screens for PR reasons.

Hard to sell to kids with stuff like that.
Don’t want it to gain a reputation as the otaku fap machine (like Vita) and scare all the normal people away.
 

Tekkie

Member
May 18, 2013
3,510
808
595
One angry gamer is pretty biased, although I guess you can say that of most outlets today, it's just that this one goes to the other end of the spectrum. I'm pretty sure it's aimed at all anime stuff or general lewdness, not just whatever titillates straight males. But this does need to end, we have ratings boards, it isn't porn, it's completely legal, I don't see the value in these companies adding yet another layer on top of that. And we finally got Nintendo to chill with this shit a bit too, I don't want them getting funny ideas again.
 

The_Mike

...dropped on head by Jack Tretton (2013)
Nov 5, 2017
1,840
1,829
515
Denmark
IMO It makes Sony look worse if Nintendo are still happy to offer these games uncensored. Are Sony trying to appease to hard letters? I mean I consider myself left leaning but this is redonk.
It has happened many times before. Same thing happened for Blizzard will World of Warcraft. It seems like after they have the majority of the market the game from catering to gamers to the casual market instead.

I'm so glad Sony censored all those breasts in the Witcher 3. Oh wait...

Yes let’s compress to games from the past where there were no censoring to now where they censor. Makes perfect sense.
 

AlexxKidd

Member
May 23, 2018
787
1,141
420
Yes let’s compress to games from the past where there were no censoring to now where they censor. Makes perfect sense.
Your comment makes no sense. Aside from the "let's compress to games" which literally makes no sense, the Witcher came out in 2015 but I can boot it up today and play with nudity. It would be patched out if it were such an issue. Are you suggesting Cyberpunk 2077's PS4 version will have no nudity?
 
Last edited:

A.Romero

Member
Feb 23, 2009
2,361
1,058
1,000
Mexico
www.lavejota.com
I'm so disappointed in Sony. I wonder what will happen with Cyberpunk if CDR tries to have as much sexual content as Witcher 3...

I don't care about VN's personally but if they continue with this trend and it affects the games I like it could push me to jump out of Sony's ecosystem.
 

kingbean

Member
Jun 27, 2016
1,379
1,312
645
Why censor things for people who have no intentions of buying the game in the first place?
 

LOLCats

Member
Sep 5, 2013
2,973
900
575
it feels like free speech is regressing and censorship is increasing as a result of the Social Justice Crusades
 

michaelius

Member
Jan 5, 2012
15,389
1,095
765
I was wondering what's the cause of one of Japanese developers talking about petition to Sony to remove censorship


but i guess this thread explains it
 

MayauMiao

Member
Feb 14, 2018
2,415
3,648
440
Japanese developers should send a message to Sony about censorship by going to better platform like Switch and PC.
 

Rhazer Fusion

Member
May 2, 2006
9,726
1,011
1,360
In my own world.
m.youtube.com
I'm so glad Sony censored all those breasts in the Witcher 3. Oh wait...
Yeah, Western games for some peculiar reason get total freedom and it seemingly always been that way. Well, maybe except Agony. Maybe because they consider them adults or older looking so it’s ok to them? I really don’t know. A decent portion of AAA western have nudity and no one seems to bat an eyelid, but suggestive poses or skimpy outfits are looked at negatively in Japanese games. 🤔
 
Last edited:

Rhazer Fusion

Member
May 2, 2006
9,726
1,011
1,360
In my own world.
m.youtube.com
Japanese developers should send a message to Sony about censorship by going to better platform like Switch and PC.
True, but the problem is those Japanese developers are going to lose out on a substantially immense portion of the market and with niche games, you need all the help you can get. It’s like a catch 22. They should definitely speak up though and really express their disappointment in Sony’s new policies.
 

Thurible

Member
Aug 15, 2018
1,443
1,493
610
The Horror! They censored out soft pornographic images in a porn game that they have the right to blur out! The moral outrage! How will our children ever get to see degrading pictures of imaginary anime women?!?