***Update 1 – 20:45 CET – 2016-12-30***
I had thoughts about making a video about N4G´s bs moves towards us for the last 4-6 months or so, but I changed my mind about doing so yesterday. However, today Christopher (N4G Admin & Community Manager) killed off yet another post of ours (the one that you got in front of you right now). Well, let´s just say that I changed my mind about that movie. So I´m going to make that movie happen (sooner or later). As for here and now, this is what Christopher wrote about my “Nier: Automata Vs The risk of censorship in the West” post:
“An opinion piece not about censorship, but on whether you think it might be censored? That’s not newsworthy.” – Christopher
In other words, everything that Christopher might not like = Not newsworthy (isn´t funny how an OP post about the risk of censorship in one of THE biggest games of 2017 could end up being “not newsworthy”?). So it doesn´t even matter if the N4G community likes the post in question, because it´s enough that ONE single mod doesn´t like what he or she sees. As it´s then very likely that your post (s) is going to end up being pulled from the site…Nevertheless, fear not! Because here´s a free little N4G.com survival guide for all you authors out there:
1. Don´t bring up censorship
2. Don´t mention #GamerGate
3. Don´t write about corruption
4. Don´t write or say anything negative about people such as Brianna Wu or Anita Sarkeesian
5. Do NOT say or write anything that might “trigger” or “offend” “some” people (like, posts like this, for example)
6. Always double-check if any of the biased mods is around BEFORE you post any of your posts on N4G.com
On a personal level, I truly hope that gamewires.com will out grow N4G.com in the near future. As I´m fed up with having to deal with little popes like Christopher, who kill off perfectly fine posts as he pleases. Simply because he personally doesn’t like the content or the author in question…Furthermore, in 9/10 cases, it happens when a post has started to take of big time on N4G. So I guess that Christopher (or other N4G mods) doesn’t like when content that he don’t approve of gets a lot of exposure. I mean, I guess that it would be a darn shame if more normies started to wake up and realize what´s going on in the games industry, and we cannot have any of that now can?
You know, when I wrote my “Nier: Automata – Sexy cosplays and fan art is on the rise” post I couldn´t help to wonder whether or not “Automata” will be free from censorship in the West…Because I think it´s safe to say that the game (and its female characters) have already earned a 10/10 lewd grade (at least, in my opinion). Me, I have zero problems whatsoever with that (2B/YoRHa is already a winner in my book). However, considering the amount of games that have already been censored in the past. One cannot simply ignore that fact, nor the risk factor of censorship in the West. I mean, just take games such as “Criminal Girls 2“, “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE“, “Street Fighter V” and “Fire Emblem: Fates“. Well, I think you get my point.
Any ways, I especially came to think about the topic of censorship since I spotted a handful of “lewd” pictures from “Automata” earlier today (the picture above and down below). You see, based on what I´ve seen from “Nier: Automata” so far (gameplay videos and streams). I would say that it´s quite obvious that PlatinumGames have no intentions to tone down on the sexiness and lewd aspects of the game. As there appear to be plenty of upskirt and panty shoot moments of 2B in the Japanese version of the game.
That´s also why I´m somewhat concerned about the Western release of “Nier: Automata”, because will the game really be untouched once it reaches the West? Sure, the ESRB Rating is said to be M for Mature (17+). Even so, that´s still no guarantee for an uncensored version of “Nier: Automata”. Simply put, how much will be removed or toned down once “Automata” has its Western release in March next year? Especially since it’s even said that 2B´s skirt can be removed (I truly hope that PlatinumGames and Square Enix will follow PQubeby´s example with “Gal*Gun Double Peace“, because the game didn´t get censored in the West).
One thing is for sure though, “if” “Nier: Automata” ends up being heavily censored in the West. Then I bet that quite a lot of people will end up buying the Japanese version instead. Well, we will know for sure in March next year, because that´s when “Automata” drops for PS4 in the West (PAL, March 10th, and NA March 7th).
So what do you guys and girls think about this matter? And will you buy “Nier: Automata”? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Gabriel [email protected]
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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