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China to restrict game sales based on content like gambling, violence

Since China temporarily lifted its ban on foreign video game consoles in January, it was a matter of time before the government offered new rules to regulate console and game distribution. According to a Shanghai government release translated by Games in Asia, those rules will dictate the kind of...

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I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you see that scene in the South Park game

A leaked image shows what European console players see instead of the scenes censored out of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Clearly, Michaelangelo's David is not impressed. The text below (see the NSFW full image below the break) describes in blunt detail what players aren't seeing, and that...

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South Park: The Stick of Truth censored in a whole lot of the world

Seven scenes have been removed from the console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth in the EMEA region, which covers the not so small continents and areas of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. That's in addition to the game's censorship in Australia, where the often prominent...

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Wii U Karaoke adds warning about @!#$ing swears

To prevent Tupac from posthumously teaching modern kids the Thug Life vocabulary, Nintendo will add "explicit language" warnings to Wii Karaoke U. As its name suggests, Wii Karaoke U allows players to sing along to their favorite songs. Unlike Rock Band or Guitar Hero however, Wii Karaoke U does...

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Events 2012: SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act, had it been successfully enacted, would have given US law enforcement agencies the ability to legally bar search engines from linking to websites that were deemed to host copyright-violating content (whatever that may be), provided said agencies were able to obtain a...

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Wii U's European late-night eShop restriction due to German law

Last week, European Wii U owners discovered to their horror – or lack thereof, if they were trying to buy ZombiU – that sales of 18-rated games on the eShop are restricted to a four-hour window between 11pm and 3am. Nintendo of Europe explained the restriction in a statement to...

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Miiverse messages will be subject to moderation before posting

You'll be able to communicate with friends using simple text and drawings through Nintendo's upcoming Wii U (and later 3DS/smartphone) Miiverse service – but Nintendo, famously concerned with keeping profane or otherwise improper communication away from younger users, has some safeguards in...

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Nintendo, EA, Sony sponsor Internet censorship bill [update]

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill currently in the US Congress, with the stated goal of curtailing copyright infringement, but with the actual effects of setting up a government firewall to block out unwanted sites, and giving the US jurisdiction over foreign sites that have anything to do...

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THQ Japan enforces rigid dildo restrictions to smooth over controversy

If you're in Japan and considering picking up the local version of Saints Row: The Third when it comes out on November 17, be advised: that version lacks realism in a very specific aspect. THQ told Game Informer that, in Japan, the "Penetrator" weapon -- in common parlance, the dildo bat --...

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House of the Dead Overkill 'Extended Cut' refused classification in Australia

The new content in the "Extended Cut" of The House of the Dead: Overkill has resulted in the game itself being cut from Australian release. The Classification Board has refused classification of the PS3 update of the Wii game. The R18 rating has yet to go into effect, meaning that material...

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