Blizzard Drops the Hammer on "Inappropriate" StarCraft 2 Maps

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Blizzard Drops the Hammer on "Inappropriate" StarCraft 2 Maps

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Blizzard is monitoring user-made maps in StarCraft 2 more closely than it has for past games, saying it now has the resources to keep a closer eye on things and it's going to put them to use.

It looks like Blizzard is paying a little more attention to what's going on with Battle.net than it has in the past if a recent discussion on the StarCraft 2 forums is any indication. In response to a complaint about a deleted map, Blizzard Community Manager "Lylirra" wrote, "While players are encouraged to share the maps they create through Battle.net, published maps are subject to review to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players."

"If a map is found to contain inappropriate content, it will be removed from Battle.net and the map maker will be contacted via email," she continued. "Should a player have any questions or concerns regarding a specific action, he or she is welcome to contact our support representatives."

When asked why Blizzard is taking a more aggressive approach toward StarCraft 2 than it did with the original game, Bashiok, another community manager, responded bluntly, "Because we can. Literally. We have a support department now of size and ability to enforce these types of things. It simply wasn't possible when our in-game support used to consist of approximately 20 technical support agents."

But he also acknowledged that the process for keeping map makers up to speed is still being tweaked. "We're working on improving our processes to ensure the map maker has more information on why their map was removed," he wrote in a later post. "Right now it is a bit vague and has obviously led to this misunderstanding."

Blizzard's "Inappropriate Content Policy Overview" can be read in full at blizzard.com.

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Then companies wonder why people pirate shit in otherwords private servers.

Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

Here's a challenge for the News Room:

In the following week, can you find me a story that doesn't paint Acti/Blizz as something short of the Third Reich?

I mean, fair's fair, you get a week.

(That's not to say the news is, in any way, biased; but they just keep acting like such control freaks)

And this is why I'm not buying the damn thing, I remember having hours and hours of fun with my friends using the LAN mode playing custom maps we each designed, sure there was the occasional dong map that was only funny after a few beers, but for crying out loud this is just obnoxious.

qbanknight:
Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

Eh, taken from experience, there were maps out there that used the environment tiles as pixels of sorts, and surprisingly a rather detailed picture could be created with it. There was a .Hack bound game that used it. There was also several pornographic maps that people would ask about in chat channels.

I'm pretty sure the latter could easily be considered inappropriate.

And root, Activision IS a control freak, so long as there's a possible way for Kotick to squeeze money, he'll choke babies to get it.

qbanknight:
Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

I am also curious... though honestly I'm not sure I want to know what content they are blocking.

Just the thought of inappropriate SCII maps is causing some very unwanted mental imagery.

Yet another reason not to buy that crap. Inappropriate maps...ffs. On no somebody made a plateau shaped like a dick, better hide it before all the girls turn into whores and the boys into catamites.

I wish the "think of the children" people would just go form a commune somewhere and stop bothering the rest of us.

qbanknight:
Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

There were maps in Warcraft 3 that would reward you with a pornographic picture if you completed a maze or something. Hell, there were some maps that were nothing BUT a pornographic slideshow.

This is probably the type of thing they're trying to cut down on. And really, there's no reason to have those maps. They weren't enjoyable or entertaining, and the porn was shit. Full of fake titties. Err...I mean, yea, the map quality was bad...

Andy Chalk:
Blizzard Drops the Hammer

And is ready to dispense some indiscriminate justice!

Oh god I couldn't help myself, got to love siege tanks!

So, could they re-enable LAN now? So I could HAVE some sort of dick-shaped map, and then just keep it among my bros? Is that so much to ask for?

I have mixed feeling about this, while I can understand the basis of protecting battle.net for cheaters and exploiters, and protecting the ESRB rating of the game with public maps there are taking things to far.

cursedseishi:

qbanknight:
Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

Eh, taken from experience, there were maps out there that used the environment tiles as pixels of sorts, and surprisingly a rather detailed picture could be created with it. There was a .Hack bound game that used it. There was also several pornographic maps that people would ask about in chat channels.

I'm pretty sure the latter could easily be considered inappropriate.

And root, Activision IS a control freak, so long as there's a possible way for Kotick to squeeze money, he'll choke babies to get it.

Only choke them? He must be getting nicer.

OT: I can kind of understand this. It entirely depends on what they deem innapropriate. I support the if they only delete maps the are pornographic, or giant curse words and racial slurs.

Really? So much hate for this? Any of you bother to read their policy? I welcome this, anyone whos played Warcraft 3 custom matches would know there are people who try to host porn on the game. Yes people, porn, sometimes advertised as such or in disguise.

OH NOES THEY ARE TAKING AWAY MY PRECIOUS PENIS MAP!

Seriously, are some of you just looking for something to bitch about when it comes to SC2? They are monitoring their stuff like Sony did with LBP and Modnation Racers. If you feel your liberties are reduced because you cannot show the world the amazing cock-shaped map you just made, I think you're the one with a problem.

And quite rightly, too. If I'm playing a game I want to play it for the fun of the game itself, not because I want to get my kicks from laughing at childish, immature maps shaped like someone's dick or islands in the game that spell swear words. If you find that funny, are you really the right age to play games like these?

published maps are subject to review to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment

I call bullshit. This is just what was to be expected after not being able to put any sort of even very remotely offensive words like 'bomb' or 'suicide'. To be frank, I'm quite fucking impressed they haven't banned 'black' the dictionary available to the mapmaker. All they want to be is more politically correct, it has nothing to do with providing a 'fun and safe environment'. The pussification of the human race continues.

scarab7:
Really? So much hate for this? Any of you bother to read their policy? I welcome this, anyone whos played Warcraft 3 custom matches would know there are people who try to host porn on the game. Yes people, porn, sometimes advertised as such or in disguise.

So what? Porn is all over the internet, people throw around shock imagery links to each other all the time. Do they have to be 18 to be to access the internet? Hell-fucking-no. People should be able to choose for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

However, I wonder if people understand the situation fully.

This isn't just about maps, it is also about triggers (Which people will not even see) having inappropriate words in them, when they are not even inappropriate. This in itself is just an annoying as hell filter that is terribly unnecessary.

However, this also shows something that I feared, and rightly now shown, about Starcraft 2. This type of exertion of control is somewhat...choking to a modding community. What exactly is being ruled as bad? And where are the guidelines for this? Are they deep and descriptive, or just a general "Objectionable material"?

ciortas1:

scarab7:
Really? So much hate for this? Any of you bother to read their policy? I welcome this, anyone whos played Warcraft 3 custom matches would know there are people who try to host porn on the game. Yes people, porn, sometimes advertised as such or in disguise.

So what? Porn is all over the internet, people throw around shock imagery links to each other all the time. Do they have to be 18 to be to access the internet? Hell-fucking-no. People should be able to choose for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

Exactly, porn is easy to access on any number of websites, we don't need it taking up spots on custom map lists. If these maps had any sort of entertainment value, I'd be the first to cry, "no, Blizzard! Why?!" But they're shite maps that try to make up for it by giving you a hard-on. And they don't even accomplish that.

rembrandtqeinstein:
Yet another reason not to buy that crap. Inappropriate maps...ffs. On no somebody made a plateau shaped like a dick, better hide it before all the girls turn into whores and the boys into catamites.

I wish the "think of the children" people would just go form a commune somewhere and stop bothering the rest of us.

But there are maps in WC3, let me quote some I have seen.
KKK-adventure, Natzi-hunters. Free-XXX (there are millions of these maps), Maps that preview screen is AD to an site that is fraud or spread some thing that you don't want in your computer, and simply maps that spread something that you don't want on your computer,

So you are saying that these maps ARE TOTALLY OK!?

I don't want to spoil the fun, but line must be drawn somewhere, may it be extreme line or not. it needs to be somewhere.

And if you counter me with comment like "but people aren't so stupid to go to those sites, if they are they deserve it". You are an idiot, and people do go to those sites, and then they can blame the portal they went trough. And if you would be one keeping a portal that Millions! of users use daily, wouldn't you want to keep it clean of links/material that can hurt you or your clients.

The game is K16 (In Finland at least) so I'm sure it wont be removing all maps that contains harsh form of "Pee and Poo"-jokes.

PS.

If you agree on the EULA/Tos/whatever, you are bound to these rules, don't agree with them don't buy the game
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Nimzar:

qbanknight:
Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

I am also curious... though honestly I'm not sure I want to know what content they are blocking.

Just the thought of inappropriate SCII maps is causing some very unwanted mental imagery.

I am with these guys, the details or parameters were never revealed. Thus how do we know people are actually going to be banned for their maps or only maps or not? Blizzard, eloborate please!

Xzi:

ciortas1:

scarab7:
Really? So much hate for this? Any of you bother to read their policy? I welcome this, anyone whos played Warcraft 3 custom matches would know there are people who try to host porn on the game. Yes people, porn, sometimes advertised as such or in disguise.

So what? Porn is all over the internet, people throw around shock imagery links to each other all the time. Do they have to be 18 to be to access the internet? Hell-fucking-no. People should be able to choose for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

Exactly, porn is easy to access on any number of websites, we don't need it taking up spots on custom map lists. If these maps had any sort of entertainment value, I'd be the first to cry, "no, Blizzard! Why?!" But they're shite maps that try to make up for it by giving you a hard-on. And they don't even accomplish that.

*cough* Some of those maps had some pretty nice images. My point was, you're not going to 'protect the children' by banning some maps in some game to begin with when almost everybody in the world has access to the internet, not to mention it strangles the creative freedoms of mapmakers. This is not limited to porn, obviously. Inappropriate can mean oh so many things. Again, all Blizz did here was make a pollitically correct derp.

SinisterGehe:
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Never in the seven years TFT was out have I seen or even heard about anything even remote to pure racism. Hell, there was one map called Nigger Assault, but I just found the idea funny, I didn't play it to kill some black people or anything. You have to have a racist mind to be afraid of these words so badly.

I'd like to know what constitutes as "inappropriate" - I'm sure swearing is okay, considering they do use a few choicy curses in he campaign, but I think we'd need more information before we become enraged.

cursedseishi:

Eh, taken from experience, there were maps out there that used the environment tiles as pixels of sorts, and surprisingly a rather detailed picture could be created with it. There was a .Hack bound game that used it. There was also several pornographic maps that people would ask about in chat channels.

I'm pretty sure the latter could easily be considered inappropriate.

And root, Activision IS a control freak, so long as there's a possible way for Kotick to squeeze money, he'll choke babies to get it.

Thanks for that, I've never been into Blizzard strategy games before (nor any RTS for that matter). Kinda hard for Kotick to squeeze more money out of SC2 after charging $60 for the damn game. I haven't gotten it myself, but I hear it's apparently worth it. Might give it a shot

*receives an email*

What the hell do you mean it looks like male genitalia!?

qbanknight:

Thanks for that, I've never been into Blizzard strategy games before (nor any RTS for that matter). Kinda hard for Kotick to squeeze more money out of SC2 after charging $60 for the damn game. I haven't gotten it myself, but I hear it's apparently worth it. Might give it a shot

No problem. As for SC2, I don't have the game myself, but my friend has been telling me to buy it from just the single-player. They definitely seemed to have worked hard on making it good, but thats just from observing and a few reviews I've seen.
Personally I'm waiting for the Battlechest edition to be released eventually. Blizzard has always done that for their PC games, and hopefully they do it for SC2.

I have been dieing to try out the new map editor though, despite hearing its become even more of a pain in the ass than WC3s to use... I'm sure if I wait til battlechest comes out, then there will be more than enough guides for it, and a few good mods made for it as well.

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ninjajoeman:
*receives an email*

What the hell do you mean it looks like male genitalia!?

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I know right?! And my map was a cow skull, not the female sex organ layout from health class!

i really don't see a problem here, blizzard has the full right to ban maps that have immature porn or swears on them. people need to calm the fuck down about this because monitoring and removing inappropriate content is quite common these days anyway.hell someone try and post some porn on THESE forums and watch what happens...i doubt anyone would bitch about The Escapist banning people and removing posts of those who link porn or anything else that violate their forum policy. So why is Blizzard so different?

Although it sounds good on paper, blizzard has been far too strict on map filtering so far. Absolutely no taboo words permitted at all; a popular tank defence map was taken down for having a 'badass' round. Hell, one of my uploads was rejected for having the word 'starcraft' in the description. I shit you not!

EDIT: News just in about the aforementioned tank defence: It wasn't banned because of 'badass', but because when the units filed in through the map, they happened to form a brief swastika...

Trivun:
And quite rightly, too. If I'm playing a game I want to play it for the fun of the game itself, not because I want to get my kicks from laughing at childish, immature maps shaped like someone's dick or islands in the game that spell swear words. If you find that funny, are you really the right age to play games like these?

I fully agree with this although I would add a "and mental health" to the last question.
Seriously, they're being hated for banning immature maps? What?

Look if you're whining and crying about not being able to play on your favorite dick/boob shaped map because it violates their ToS/ToU/EULA/whatever, get a life. Freedom of speech doesn't translate into privately owned gaming servers, and Blizz is legally allowed to limit what content is used/distributed through their product. End of story. You don't have an argument here, so leave it be. You can't take it to court, you can't win a lawsuit.
If you think this affects the game negatively for you, then quit playing. Theres no entitlements here for you. YOu choose to buy and play said game, and if you don't like the rules put down by the people running battle.net, you're free to play something else somewhere else.

I would ask where an island or continent in the shape of the word suicide, or in fact any other word actually fits into a game in the first place.

It's not adding anything artistic or strategic to the game, it's just people trying to be 'hilarious' and Blizz are choosing to try to keep some level of quality.

How dare they try to jam a cork into the tidal wave of shite that player created content inevitably produces.

See this is the reason we need LAN.

Well as long as they only ban porn and really offensive maps I think it's fine, but I am sure some good maps will be sacrificed as well.

qbanknight:
Big brother is watching you now that they can.

You know I'm curious, define "inappropriate content". Like dick-shaped maps? Maps that spell curse words? Wonder what all the fuss is about

I'm sure it's sexual images, remember all the pornographic women made with power cores in Halo 3's forge mode? If the game has a big enough fan base, and a map builder, some sick fuck will try to arrange things into something inappropriate.

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