PlayStation CENSORED?!

Game News: PlayStation CENSORED?!

Government officials and child welfare advocates in the UK are calling for censorship on upcoming PS4 game Detroit: Become Human.

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  • RiverRunning

    1 week ago

    That these people are telling Sony to change it clearly shows they have no idea what they are talking about since it's not Sony's game (is it?)


    And this is all clearly an issue with most adults considering games to be toys despite the fact that most of the industry seems to be supported by people with credit cards these days and that these people clearly haven't played many non-toy games (since they only seem to play toy games themselves which they would deny is the point).

    • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Sony's only the publisher, it's being developed by Quantic Dream. And yeah, this is mostly either old people or people desperate for attention getting on a soap box over something they have no knowledge about.

  • Shmittles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I think it's fine so long as the bad things happening in the scenes are clearly being indicated as bad things, and not promoting them in a positive or "accepted" light. After that, its up to the viewer to determine if they want to keep watching/playing.


    So like, where this would be okay, an example of something probably not okay would be video game footage of that one time Gus Sorola was playing Fable, beating a whore over and over while his in-game wife and all the villagers cheered him on to keep doing it.

    • RiverRunning

      1 week ago

      Though it would be even better if the age-rating was actually enforced... you know, like as in most other laws (apart from the ones against politicians of course... *blarg*)

  • Sharkwaiter FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I genuinely don't understand all this backlash against that Detroit trailer.  Interesting that this video used a clip from the earlier trailer with the android detective, where there's a kid with a gun being held to her head who can get thrown off a building in a bad ending.  No-one made a peep about that for some reason.  But nothing in these trailers makes me think they're handling the child abuse in an irresponsible way - the game is clearly about saving the girl from abuse, even at a risk to Kara's own 'life', and at the end of the Marcus trailer it showed Kara watching the news and hugging a child, who I'm going to assume is the girl from this section, so it seems like she's going to be an ongoing character and it's not just a throwaway segment for Kara's character.  Like, if there was nothing you could do to save the girl, and the situation just 'inspired' Kara to do other things with her life, yeah, I could see it.  But saving her from abuse is obviously the point of that segment, and I'm going to guess - not knowing, not having played the game, obviously - that even if you let her die, the game is going to make it very clear to you that you fucked up, that that was wrong.


    Which I guess is part of why I don't think it's that terrible for THIS game to have that segment - because it's a very narrative game, and it's still going to have the stamp of the writers all over it giving a perspective on the events, it's not really going to be all up to the choice of the players.  If it was in a Fallout game or something, and it was an optional sidequest you could let play out however you chose, and the game basically implied that whatever way you chose was great, because YOU chose it, and it was just character-building for you, I'd probably think that was fucked up.  But this game being such a narrative game, where the creators are still probably going to be able to depict things a certain way no matter what you do, makes it feel more like if a film or a novel was handling it.  And no-one thinks no book or film should handle child abuse, just because some people read books for entertainment.  And that's the difference between having this stuff in a game and having a 'racist' or 'misogynist' game, despite what Ashley said - a misogynist game would in some way be implying misogyny was okay, not just talking about rape or violence against women.  It's not the subject matter, it's how you handle it.  Detroit is still a video game, and it's still handling this thing as kind of an action sequence, but not acting like it doesn't matter.  It looks like it's an extended sequence, and it explores the effects of child abuse, it discusses it, and it makes it clear it's not okay, and the thing to do in that situation is to stop it if you can.  Even the 'violent' endings seem to only happen in self-defence - which does happen sometimes in abuse situations.


    Anyway, tl;dr: I live in the UK and the Mail and the Sun are both rags to be honest, but if this actually leads to Sony altering or pulling the game, I'm going to...spit.

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eric Hohoho! Vela

    1 week ago

    Did the game, That Dragon, Cancer, trivialize cancer?


    I would say that, if anything, it helped people understand the ____-show that cancer is upon everyone touched by it - patients and their loved ones. Censoring that game because it was a game about cancer would have been a terrible thing to do.


    The words those people used in their statements make it sound to me like those people have not yet played the game in question. Maybe they have, but they all need to be absolutely certain to understand what they're criticizing before criticizing it. They could be silencing a story that needs telling because they made erroneous assumptions.


    Let's understand this first before we open our mouths. Panicky choices based on assumptions never end well.

    • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      The worst part is that they're criticizing a game that isn't even out yet. For all we know that moment was never planned to be in the game in the first place.

  • zackofallgames FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    When i was a child my parents taught me that even though tv, movies and video games may show some violent situations it is not okay to copy these actions in real life.


    Scenarios that I've seen in film/games when I was a child/early teen was nothing compared to the fucked up shit my classmates showed me on random websites.

  • farson135 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    While I do find the depiction of abuse in the trailer to be rather childish, and unrealistic, I believe it is a good thing that games are maturing as an art form, and they feel comfortable discussing serious topics. Detroit looks interesting, and I hope they "tighten up" the problems in the narrative. I also hope games continue to explore these difficult subjects. 


    As for the rest, I think people are hung up on the idea that games are "toys", and not serious art. Changing that, will require a change in perception. I am old enough to gauge how far we have come, and I think games are mainstream enough that perception will swing very quickly in the near future.  

    • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Sadly, that probably won't change until the older generation that lived in the time when they were toys all retire or die before people in the industry accept it.