No, Bless Online’s naked pets are probably not going to make it to the west

    
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As the effort to westernize Bless Online continues, Neowiz is facing one issue that is bringing out the snickering junior higher in all of its fans: monster nudity.

Players have noticed that at least in a few instances, there are creatures in the game that show partial or total nudity. These include a harpy pet, a fairy pet, and a spider woman mount. Chances are good, the Reddit community concludes, that these models are going to see visual changes when the MMO hits Steam early access on Wednesday.

The western version of Bless is rated T by the ESRB for violence and blood. Guess the studio took its critters to the mall for some clothes shopping. Goofy jokes aside, these changes raise the specter of censorship when it comes to localizing games to a specific market. Should Bless stick to its guns and put out the same version globally, or is this a smart move that gives the game a less extreme rating?

Source: Reddit. Thanks Leiloni!
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kgptzac

Looks like it’s already censored, no? Or maybe I’m just too used to seeing stuff from BnS and Destiny Child, lol.

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Teh Beardling

naked spider woman you say…

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immdev

Thanks, America. There are enough books about mythical creatures, how about censoring them? And statues in museums too.

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Arcanum Zero

Before we pull out all our hair over how sexually backward America is, please note the following:

– The production, distribution, or consumption of pornography in South Korea, home of Neowiz Games, is illegal, full stop. By comparison, 60% of the world’s porn sites are hosted in America.

– Topless /men/, as well as women wearing sheer tops, were at risk of breaking South Korea’s vague “overexposure” laws until a Constitutional Court decision in 2016. By comparison, non-suggestive public female toplessness is broadly legal in 33 out of 50 American states.

– Adultery was punishable with jail time in South Korea until a Constitutional Court decision in 2015. By comparison… you get the picture.

This is not about moral relativism, it’s about cultural perception.

My understanding is that this sort of censorship is often performed by the overseas developer or publisher before Steam or the ESRB even get a look at the game, because of the perception — whether true or not — that a game with nudity will be marketable to a smaller audience in the US.

And yes, America is less concerned about its entertainment containing gratuitous violence than naked breasts, but it’s not like we don’t generate a metric f**kton of entertainment based on naked breasts (including video games), nor that enforcement of our systems for controlling access to said breast-centered entertainment is not laughable.

Americans have a powerful international reputation for being prudes, but we do a terrible job of actually living up to it everywhere but on television.

So I’m not sure what is meant by the question, “Should Bless stick to its guns?” It’s entirely possible that by doing this they are sticking to their guns, where “guns” are defined as “unrealistic hope they will someday wear hats made of American dollars.”

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Daniel Miller

So are they going to take out the xxx sceneses as well? And well, the pets, it is a game. GTA V, Far Cry 3, and many other gams have tits.

I not saying we totally need them, but censorship, sometimes goes to far to Disney everything..

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camren_rooke

If I can’t see nudity in Bless Online where, oh where on the internets will I be able to see it?

*clutches pearls

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Sally Bowls

I am against censorship. Remember mathematician Dr. Tom Lehrer’s song?
https://genius.com/Tom-lehrer-smut-lyrics

That being said, IMO it is quite naive to act like there is not censorship in games. Godwin would point out that there are historically accurate but “constitutionally inappropriate” symbols & flags that are illegal in Europe.

Tencent vows PUBG will align with ‘socialist core values’ when it’s officially released in China

Tencent says that it will make sure that the game follows all of the country’s relevant regulations and guidelines, including ensuring that it is in accordance with “socialist core values and traditional Chinese cultural norms and ethics.”
The tech company also promises that the game will pass on “healthy and positive cultural values and guidance” to its younger users.

In a possible preview of things to come, NetEase reacted to SAPPRFT’s denunciation of PUBG by changing how its games were presented. Rather than trying to be the last survivor on a deserted island by wantonly killing others, Wilderness players are now told that they are participating in a military training exercise in order to become a member of a peacekeeping force. While shooting at their fellow trainees, they can look up to read familiar red banners carrying banal slogans.

When it comes to complying with orders from China’s moralistic police, Tencent has already shown itself flexible. The second most downloaded game in China is Tencent’s own “King of Glory,” an insanely addictive multiplayer online battle arena game that has been known to cause blindness. In July, the People’s Daily published an article calling the game a “poison” for China’s youth, causing Tencent to begin limiting daily playing times for its younger users in order to “ensure children’s healthy development.”

Unless you are a mega-studio, it is tough to exist without Steam.
https://www.pcgamer.com/valve-appears-to-be-cracking-down-on-sexual-content-in-some-steam-games/
So if there are vague and changing rules about what will get you a financially fatal Steam ban, then the prudent course is to steer quite clear.

So whatever the country, there is censorship. Alas!

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Socialist PUBG sounds fucking hilarious though.
I love the twisted communist imagery that pops up in games nowadays. Nothing better than fiction to tackle the worst part of history (that is still reality in some places sadly).

It would be like an FPS set in America where you fight nazis running down people and shooting churchgoers.
Totally unrealistic.

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Tencent says that it will make sure that the game follows all of the country’s relevant regulations and guidelines, including ensuring that it is in accordance with “socialist core values and traditional Chinese cultural norms and ethics.”

Rather than trying to be the last survivor on a deserted island by wantonly killing others, Wilderness players are now told that they are participating in a military training exercise in order to become a member of a peacekeeping force. While shooting at their fellow trainees, they can look up to read familiar red banners carrying banal slogans.

That’s actually kind of terrifying, how they can so easily completely change the narrative there.

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Cosmic Cleric

I am against censorship. Remember mathematician Dr. Tom Lehrer’s song?
https://genius.com/Tom-lehrer-smut-lyrics

Lehrer is the George Carlin of music.

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Utakata

…what’s even odder, Summoners in Blade & Soul get to dress their pets. Which just doesn’t look right, IMO. o.O

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Castagere Shaikura

Just stick an R rating on the game. This is the only western country where nudity is an issue but blood and guts violence is ok.

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But where will we get our anime tiddies? Oh right, the rest of the internet exists.