Japanese Version of GTA V Censors Violence And Sex Scenes

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Japanese Version of GTA V Censors Violence And Sex Scenes

Trevor, Grand Theft Auto V's resident sociopath, gets a little bit tamer for the Japanese release.

Grand Theft Auto V is a game that pulls very few punches, unless you live in Japan, in which case you're getting some of the violence and sex censored out.

Some of the most extreme examples of censorship from the game include Trevor doing...well, pretty much anything, as far as Kotaku could find. Remember the scene at the start of the "Scouting the Port" mission, where he pulls down his pants to show off his junk? In the censored Japanese version, the animation is the same but the pants never even come off, so it looks more like Trevor's just really proud of his jeans.

Also altered is the scene which first introduces Trevor, which most GTA V fans will recall involves him having sex with another character's girlfriend on a kitchen counter. Unless you're playing the Japanese version, in which case its Trevor just casually standing behind the girl and watching TV.

And the game's infamous torture scene? It's not even playable in the Japanese version. You see the cinematics that would bookend each round of Trevor beating his hostage from the American version, but in the Japanese game you don't actually hit him with anything.

One other, non-Trevor change, is a paparazzi mission where Franklin gets some shots of a young celebrity having sex. Japan instead has Franklin catching her in the act of smoking, because apparently filling your lungs with nicotine is just as devastating to a celebrity career as a seedy sex tape. Kotaku has asked Rockstar for a reason for the cuts, but have not yet received an answer.

It's not the first time a game in the Grand Theft Auto series has has been altered to be more acceptable overseas. When Grand Theft Auto IV was released back in 2008, Rockstar censored material in order to get it on store shelves in Australia.

Source: Kotaku

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Oh Japan, your sexual censuring is hilarious considering what usually comes out of you.

First the veins in Saints Row's dildo and now this. To be honest american censuring doesnt make all that much sense either, (making a skirt 2 inches longer because "Oh lord, I see a panty shot!")

I'd be surprised if the game went uncensored in every country. The torture scene made me personally feel very uncomfortable (in more than one way).

General psychotic behaviour and random sex scenes is one thing, but torture in which the game has you in control of it is another.

I'm not saying it shouldn't be there because it's good character development for Trevor, but some classification boards don't see it that way.

The sex bit is interesting considering japans eroge game market. (that's porn games BTW).

It's because Japan is a lot more conservative a society than we typically think. I don't think the violence censoring was necessary, even more so than the U.S. they're fine with violence, but the sex censoring is more necessary, though they could have just thrown some pixelation censoring down, they didn't need to completely change the scenes to fit the local laws. However, I have no idea if a game can be denied classification in Japan.

WouldYouKindly:
but the sex censoring is more necessary

you know they have an entire business based around games where you have explicit sex right? Games that would never fly in the US. remember the Rapelay controversy?

Eric the Orange:

WouldYouKindly:
but the sex censoring is more necessary

you know they have an entire business based around games where you have explicit sex right? Games that would never fly in the US. remember the Rapelay controversy?

It is, however, an industry of very small studios that will do fine from 10,000 sales in obscure web-based or specialist stores.

GTAV is something that needs to be sold in more mainstream stores to return a profit. Self-censoring it is likely the requirement for that.

It's funny, about the bit where the celebrity is caught smoking instead of having sex. In America, it would be the other way around. Sex tapes are fine, but God help you if you're caught smoking.

Eric the Orange:

WouldYouKindly:
but the sex censoring is more necessary

you know they have an entire business based around games where you have explicit sex right? Games that would never fly in the US. remember the Rapelay controversy?

And in exactly none of those will you ever see uncensored genitals in the official release.

They won't ban sex, but they won't let you see a dick.

josemlopes:
Oh Japan, your sexual censuring is hilarious considering what usually comes out of you.

First the veins in Saints Row's dildo and now this. To be honest american censuring doesnt make all that much sense either, (making a skirt 2 inches longer because "Oh lord, I see a panty shot!")

You actually have to thank the US occupation troops from WW2 for that: http://www.japanprobe.com/2006/01/31/why-is-japanese-porn-censored/

Porn was first seriously restricted in Japan in the Meiji Era, when materials deemed "injurious to public morals" were banned [thanks to the introduction of Victorian morals from the West]. After Japan's defeat in WW2, American occupation authorities changed many of Japan's laws to guarantee freedom of speech and expression. Sadly, the occupation authorities decided that the pre-existing law regarding pornography didn't need to be changed. It has remained in effect to this day.

Many attribute this directly to General Douglas MacArthur, who was responsible for overseeing and rebuilding Japan after the war and was Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_MacArthur#Occupation_of_Japan
I guess nobody wanted to go into the history books as the politician that allowed to uncensor porn so far since then.

Man, that sucks. Either don't release the game or release it as it should be. Here's how I'd look hearing about this if I were Japanese:

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This reminds me of the silly censorship the japanese version of Metal Gear Solid had.

What?

How?

Japan, don't you have other problems to be dealing with? Like staggeringly low birth rates and too many old people? Not extending sidekick characers' skirts to avoid panty shots?

I don't undestand you, Japan. Only you could censor what basically makes a franchise a franchise.

WouldYouKindly:

Eric the Orange:

WouldYouKindly:
but the sex censoring is more necessary

you know they have an entire business based around games where you have explicit sex right? Games that would never fly in the US. remember the Rapelay controversy?

And in exactly none of those will you ever see uncensored genitals in the official release.

They won't ban sex, but they won't let you see a dick.

Um, yes, yes you do. I could cite examples but that ould be against forum rules.

I wonder if Japan has this conversation every time we edit guns out of their thirty minute toy commercials? "But, all Americans have guns! Some can't even climax sexually without a gun!"

This can't be true! If this is true, then that means that not all foreign stereotypes are accurate depictions of their respective cultures!

I refuse to accept this! It must be some mistake, or a forgery!

Oh, the humanity!

Eric the Orange:

WouldYouKindly:

Eric the Orange:

you know they have an entire business based around games where you have explicit sex right? Games that would never fly in the US. remember the Rapelay controversy?

And in exactly none of those will you ever see uncensored genitals in the official release.

They won't ban sex, but they won't let you see a dick.

Um, yes, yes you do. I could cite examples but that ould be against forum rules.

You see it on the version sold outside of Japan, though.

So why is shonen anime so liberal on violence and scale of content compared to American tv for teens but Japan is apparently a bit testy about videogames?

Dexter111:

[quote]Porn was first seriously restricted in Japan in the Meiji Era, when materials deemed "injurious to public morals" were banned [thanks to the introduction of Victorian morals from the West]. After Japan's defeat in WW2, American occupation authorities changed many of Japan's laws to guarantee freedom of speech and expression. Sadly, the occupation authorities decided that the pre-existing law regarding pornography didn't need to be changed. It has remained in effect to this day.

Not seeing how that is blamed on the U.S. occupation. So it's the U.S. fault they didn't change the law?

im a bit surprised about the violence part. i have a bunch of japanes animations and some of them are extremely gory, like the newer version of hellsing. and some anime/movies of them contain sex and nudity.

You know, this edit makes GTA a worse, but more playable game. A neutered Trevor? Good.

Now if only Trevor had been a octopus, everything would be fine.

SupahGamuh:
This reminds me of the silly censorship the japanese version of Metal Gear Solid had.

"Solid Snake" was just a black bar and he hid in a can instead of a "box"

While taking this in, just remember folks, this is the same country that gave the world Elfen Lied.

GoddyofAus:
While taking this in, just remember folks, this is the same country that gave the world Elfen Lied.

I was about to say, yeah.
...
Maybe they'll be more accepting if Trevor grows magic tentacles and starts wetting himself?

Really, japanese censoring is just strange.

I think the parachute makes the scene far kinkier.

josemlopes:

First the veins in Saints Row's dildo and now this. To be honest american censuring doesnt make all that much sense either, (making a skirt 2 inches longer because "Oh lord, I see a panty shot!")

Which is especially absurd considering our media.

Eric the Orange:
The sex bit is interesting considering japans eroge game market. (that's porn games BTW).

It's my understanding, and maybe I'm wrong, that Eroge tend not to get certification.

WouldYouKindly:

And in exactly none of those will you ever see uncensored genitals in the official release.

They won't ban sex, but they won't let you see a dick.

That's untrue. Certain things are taboo, but you will see exposed genitals. And more than what GTA shows. Hell, women apparently wear bikinis in the shower in Los Santos.

Dexter111:
-snip-

And, of course, no laws have changed since that point, including other laws regarding sex.

BarelyAudible:
I wonder if Japan has this conversation every time we edit guns out of their thirty minute toy commercials? "But, all Americans have guns! Some can't even climax sexually without a gun!"

Honestly, I hope they do.

Evil Smurf:
You know, this edit makes GTA a worse, but more playable game. A neutered Trevor? Good.

I think that'd be censored, too.

Roofstone:

Maybe they'll be more accepting if Trevor grows magic tentacles and starts wetting himself?

Or if he's swapped into the body of a 13 year old girl. Or 14. I forget how old the Sailor Moon girls were, but that seems to be a common age for sexualisation in Japanese media.

Yeah, just another dose of japanese double standards at play, because of aged laws that need change or clear reformal updating. Obviously, games and anime didn't exist when the original law was put in place, so its bizarre as to why someone hasn't rethought it. Or perhaps the powers that be have but want to make the laws more restrictive than less.

Another problem Japan has to deal with is online game sales. Steam might off GTAV uncut on PC eventually.

Dexter111:
http://www.japanprobe.com/2006/01/31/why-is-japanese-porn-censored/

God...

I love the last paragraph of that article.

Japanese porn doesn't focus on the penetration shot, instead using a variety of direction styles to create a sex scene. Without censorship, most Japanese directors would be as lazy as their American counterparts, who rely heavily on close-ups of penetration. It is possible that Japan's wacky and innovative porn is a partial response to censorship.

That's one heck of a way to describe 'rape by tentacle monster'.

Judging by their output, I thought that if any country would be down for liberal in-your-face helpings of sex and violence, it would be the japanese.

Maybe it's because it's not happening to animated people with cartoonishly large eyes? Or maybe the demographic that eats up the sex-and-violence stuff isn't the same demographic that runs the import board.

So it's nothing but a black background with white text that says.

"Thank you for purchase this game!"

I've sadly seen worse games than that. :D

So tentacle rape okay. Vending machines for used underwear okay. A gigantic sex shop district okay.

Violence and Sex in a videogame rated M bad?

So the game is what, 5 hours long for them?

All I can say is I find this really hilarious considering japans usual attitude towards sex and violence

That's strange why is GTA bothering them so much and tentacle rape, lolicons and the rest of that stuff isn't perceived as harmful.

thewatergamer:
All I can say is I find this really hilarious considering japans usual attitude towards sex and violence

This.

Coming from Japan, this is pretty humorous.

james.sponge:
That's strange why is GTA bothering them so much and tentacle rape, lolicons and the rest of that stuff isn't perceived as harmful.

You are kind of behind with the times are you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metropolitan_Ordinance_Regarding_the_Healthy_Development_of_Youths

Yeah, they are recently tossing in laws like this which goes against the stereotype.

ThunderCavalier:

thewatergamer:
All I can say is I find this really hilarious considering japans usual attitude towards sex and violence

This.

Coming from Japan, this is pretty humorous.

Not really, this is a country where the console based games have next to no sex scenes other than their eroge (which is moot), hitsparks instead of blood. We sometimes give Japan a lot more credit when really they are pretty much the Dubai of the Far East.

For crying shame man, Eastern Europeans are more bold with sex (Witcher, Metro Last Light) than Japan whom so far haven't given us a softcore scene even though their talent pool can do it.

I think this was covered in the last post on Japan. They're just squeamish about different things. Short skirts and panties? No big deal, but show them a schlong or an implied schlong and they run for the hills. I hear that's why porn industries in Japan produce tentacle porn.

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