*Deep sigh*I honestly can´t contain my deep disappointment and frustration in the case with “Criminal Girls 2” and it´s censorship in the West anymore, because as you might remember. I wrote about “Criminal Girls 2” and NISA´s plans to censor the game back in June this year. Well, guess what? According to a localization editor at NISA half of the motivation images for Criminal Girls 2 have been censored:
“Ahoy all, I have an update. Because I don’t want to be caught with my foot in my mouth, I thought it appropriate to go in and check how many Motivation scenes were edited. My first estimate of “half” was in the middle of the process, so the information I had was not perfect. Now that we are near release, I have more solid data. This is still an estimate, as I am not looking at the final game rom, but based on the best information that I have available at this time: More than half of the total Motivation scenes have been edited in some way.
The overwhelming majority of these edits, something like 30 in total (including regular and Knighted outfits), were just removing chains/ropes. I found approximately 10 instances of more noticeable changes, such as changing a pose or adding clothes (mostly involving Mizuki and Kuroe). In short, more than half of the Motivation images were changed, but most of the changes were just removing visible restraints. As always, I encourage those who are interested in the specifics of the changes to view the website and trailers that NISA has released, as those will give you a good example of what will be found in-game.” – Alex (aka Prinny Supervisor) localization editor at NISA, via NIS America´s forum
And keep in mind that Alex (Aka “Prinny Supervisor”) pointed out that “This is still an estimate”. In other words, there could be even further censorship in the final version of “Criminal Girls 2” in the West (the game is set for a September release in EU and the States for PS Vita). Sure, I can´t speak for everyone else now…But I don´t get the point behind localization a Japanese niche game title in the West if you intend to censor most of the game´s content? At least that makes no sense to me. Then again, NISA admitted not so long ago that it was cheaper to censor CG2 before submitting it to the ERSB…So in my opinion, someone else should have been given the “Criminal Girls 2” Western licence instead of NISA (like PQUBE Games, for example).
So I most definitely understand why Gamers in the West are so upset with having a heavily censored version of “Criminal Girls 2” (why should we pay full price for a censored game?). Even so, there are people at sites such as NeoGaf that not only welcomes censorship like this, but they also demand more censorship. Furthermore, the games industry is suffering from a serious case of PC and SJW cancer, and that´s also the main reason behind why we have a lot of censorship, SJW/feminist/PC politics injected into our games (I never liked, supported or approved any content of that kind, and I fight against content like that whenever I can). Nevertheless, there is hope to be found. As more and more Gamers are starting to get fed up with having censorship, and SJW/PC/Feminist shoved down their throats (especially since we´re also said to pay for content of that kind).
I guess that´s just one of the many reasons why a lot of people have started to import Japanese games via sites such as Play-Asia instead (to avoid censorship). However, that´s simply a work around solution. As the censorship will continue in the West for as long as we allow it to do so. That´s also why we need to let publishers and Western localization studios like NIS America and Treehouse know that we´re not okay with having our games heavily censored. So I think it´s time for us to vote with our wallets (we are in the middle of a culture war).
And with that said, what´s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Criminal Girls 2 on Youtube
NISA agrees it was cheaper to censor CG2 before submitting it to the ERSB
Alex (aka “Prinny Supervisor”) – Localization Editor at NISA
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
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Robin “V-Act” Ek
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