The Stick of Truth's Australian Censorship is Due To Anal Probing

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The Stick of Truth's Australian Censorship is Due To Anal Probing

crying koala

The offending scenes will be replaced with an image of a crying koala in the Australian version.

We heard earlier in the month that the Australian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth will be a "slightly modified" censored version. Player Attack have obtained copies of the Australian Classification Board's reports, and we now know exactly what those edits will be. Just like the board had a problem with Saints Row IV's "alien anal probe" weapon, it looks like an alien anal probing scene in The Stick of Truth was also its biggest offender.

The interactive sequence, entitled "Alien Probing", features male characters being captured by aliens and stripped naked before "repeatedly having an oversized, phallic probe thrust into their buttocks", mimicking sexual movements and accompanied by "squelching" sound effects.

The board also had a problem with an "abortion" scene, wherein "The player controls the doctor's hands and repeatedly thrusts a length of wire between the patient's splayed legs (implicitly to bring about an abortion) before applying a vacuum device to the patient's genital region (below screen)."

After a re-submission wherein these events were toned down was still rejected, the developers opted to simply cut them altogether. Now, when Australian players reach these scenes, they are simply presented with a still image of a crying koala with "CENSORED" stamped across it, while a text description of the events scrolls down the screen.

It sucks that games are still getting censored down under, but it's nice to see the South Park guys dealing with it with a bit of tongue-in-cheek.

Source: Player Attack

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To be blunt, I don't blame the poor aussies. Seriously, reading the description, it's really f***ed up. Then again, South Park portrays the F**ed Up in a somewhat entertaining light, so maybe they can pull it off. But I know that with the second thing censored, for the love of whatever above, I couldn't imagine that or deal with it without vomiting or recoiling in horror, and, if I was in that position, I would probably do the same without second thought.

...As much as I want to play this game, I'm admittedly more than a little... squicked out by this sort of thing. Yes, I know this is Sout Park... but maybe I'm just being squeamish...

And the 2013 award for most excessive amount of press given to an unreleased game goes to: The Stick of Truth!

Seriously, there's a new article about this game at least once a week.

yet weirdly you could watch the exact same thing on south park the tv show aired on tv and the censorship board doesnt bat an eyelid

... could I get a copy of the australian version too?

wombat_of_war:
yet weirdly you could watch the exact same thing on south park the tv show aired on tv and the censorship board doesnt bat an eyelid

Perhaps it's the same principle where people are against violent games, in which you shoot people, but not violent movies. The difference being the interaction of the player. In the first you are making the character shoot said weapon, while the second we are mere an observer and have no part in the action. Even if it's a mature game censors will persist in keeping games from being mature. South Park's brand of parody and satire are hard for some to swallow. Don't expect everyone to be comfortable with what they do.

So, they actually, genuinly, appear to have s@$t themselves over anal probes. (We gotta self-censor a little here too :) )

You'll be pleased to know that this is something the censors in Germany actually laugh about.

Arawn:

wombat_of_war:
yet weirdly you could watch the exact same thing on south park the tv show aired on tv and the censorship board doesnt bat an eyelid

Perhaps it's the same principle where people are against violent games, in which you shoot people, but not violent movies. The difference being the interaction of the player. In the first you are making the character shoot said weapon, while the second we are mere an observer and have no part in the action. Even if it's a mature game censors will persist in keeping games from being mature. South Park's brand of parody and satire are hard for some to swallow. Don't expect everyone to be comfortable with what they do.

What? You mean you think that the product should be left as is for the fans it was made for that understand what South Park is all about, instead of getting sanitized by and for those that most likely have no intention of buying this title? Madness.

You live on the most deadly continent in the world. Every plant and animal can and will kill you if you take too many steps outside. The center of it is a scorched wasteland that puts Fallout California to shame. And animated anal probing is what causes concern?

I don't get Australia at all.

Seeing the words "Anal Probing" on the front page always brings a smile to my face.

The anal probe scenes from the season 7 episode "Cancelled" were some of the funniest for me. I imagine the scenes they had a problem with were of a similar tone.

Also, I remember hearing in commentary that seeing the content often got them passed review when they received pushback from people reading the script. Just something to keep in mind when reading this, it may not be as bad as you imagine it to be.

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Psychobabble:

Arawn:

wombat_of_war:
yet weirdly you could watch the exact same thing on south park the tv show aired on tv and the censorship board doesnt bat an eyelid

Perhaps it's the same principle where people are against violent games, in which you shoot people, but not violent movies. The difference being the interaction of the player. In the first you are making the character shoot said weapon, while the second we are mere an observer and have no part in the action. Even if it's a mature game censors will persist in keeping games from being mature. South Park's brand of parody and satire are hard for some to swallow. Don't expect everyone to be comfortable with what they do.

What? You mean you think that the product should be left as is for the fans it was made for that understand what South Park is all about, instead of getting sanitized by and for those that most likely have no intention of buying this title? Madness.

Yes, it is indeed madness. I should know better than to apply logic to everyday situations. It's not reliable. Logic fails and idiocy persists. Censorship is the true failure as what is or isn't profane will always be relative to the beholder. Some people may agree, some will even disagree, but in the end not everyone.

The extra gag almost makes this okay. If they advertise "with koalas!" on the box or something it might make me not just, y'know. Import the game. Taking revenue away from local distributors. Because that's what happens when you censor stuff in this digital age, government.

I'd prefer a picture of a Platypus; God's greatest creation made from the leftovers of other animals.

hahaha like the humor there

sorry for all the aussies who have to import/deal with this though, if you are buying a south park game you CLEARLY know what you are getting yourself into, which is why my wallet is getting the ultimate edition (first one I'll have bought in yearsssss)

if you can't stomach a game like this, I can't imagine living in Australia with some of the deadly shit that's just outside.

As messed up as the US is about MANY MANY MANY MANY other things....at least we get to play our abortion and anal probing simulators and the government doesn't get to say jack shit about it.

And the beauty of it was even if 99.999% of the population WANTED it censored the government has no power to do so (without a really long and boring constitutional amendment process that will never happen again).

Remember kiddies, respecting minority rights means that the minority gets to do unpopular things and the majority of people who disagree can't use the law to cause the minority harm.

Unironically for once...God Bless America!

Hahaha. I have to say that as little as I care about the game being censored for anal probing (again), I like the response.

So another game to get via VPN, I see.

It can't be that bad surely, the probe in SR4 was funny!

You dare censor butt-stuff?!?! Troy would be furious! ^_^

Actually reading through the www.classification.gov.au/ media reports, they upheld the M15+ ratings for 12 games the South Australian AG was 'upset' about. Anal probing and player-interactive abortion I feel is reasonable for censorship.

I love their response to the censorship. That shit is comedy gold right there. Stay class Matt & Trey.

Scenes sound awful, thats for sure.

But crying koalas, sounds like the next Starbound release, sure to infuriate everyone.

so having sex in games is a problm but having it in movies and selling postcards with naked women is alright. damn, australian government are really stupid beyond believes.

Koala cries because drop bears stole his South Park scenes. Stop making Koala cry.

Metalrocks:
so having sex in games is a problm but having it in movies and selling postcards with naked women is alright. damn, australia is really stupid beyond believes.

Can you please at least try to distinguish between 'Australia' as a collective nation, and the Australian government? Would be nice.

When did alien probing jokes become offensive? Those jokes are old as shit, why arent they allowed now?

josemlopes:
When did alien probing jokes become offensive? Those jokes are old as shit, why arent they allowed now?

Because it's happening in a video game and that's just not acceptable.

OT: I like my country but I am awfully sick of our classification board. They are very confusing. GTA V got an R rating and the only reason given on the box is drugs. No mention of the nudity, violence etc.

Shamanic Rhythm:

Metalrocks:
so having sex in games is a problm but having it in movies and selling postcards with naked women is alright. damn, australia is really stupid beyond believes.

Can you please at least try to distinguish between 'Australia' as a collective nation, and the Australian government? Would be nice.

Kinda entertaining, no one bats an eye when people complain about "America" like we are some sort of hivemind, but when it is done against other nations people get upset. Dont worry, I am sure the mods will come along to slap a warning on Metal for calling Australia stupid, I got one for calling the UK a joke (I even appealed and got told it is considered flaming to make fun of other countries). Its fine to make fun of the US, but entirely another if you make fun of other places.

OT: An entertaining solution to be sure. I really hope the uncensored version has an unlockable australian mode just so I can check the stuff out as well.

wackymon:
I couldn't imagine that or deal with it without vomiting or recoiling in horror, and, if I was in that position, I would probably do the same without second thought.

I have to ask, is this exaggeration or are you really that badly effected by a game with such unrealistic looks?

otakon17:
You live on the most deadly continent in the world. Every plant and animal can and will kill you if you take too many steps outside. The center of it is a scorched wasteland that puts Fallout California to shame. And animated anal probing is what causes concern?

I don't get Australia at all.

It's cause our government is scared of gays and abortion. Like, both major parties are so passive anti gay marriage and somewhat passively scared of women having choices that it's really, REALLY strange.

Desert Punk:

wackymon:
I couldn't imagine that or deal with it without vomiting or recoiling in horror, and, if I was in that position, I would probably do the same without second thought.

I have to ask, is this exaggeration or are you really that badly effected affected by a game with such unrealistic looks?

No, but I have a semi-vivid imagination, so I can imagine just how godawful such an act would actually look. I suppose they didn't see a joke, they saw what it would look like if that happened with flesh and blood humans, because, for them, those things are stand-ins.

I think they should add in a sequence where you give a koala an abortion.

Shamanic Rhythm:

Metalrocks:
so having sex in games is a problm but having it in movies and selling postcards with naked women is alright. damn, australia is really stupid beyond believes.

Can you please at least try to distinguish between 'Australia' as a collective nation, and the Australian government? Would be nice.

its obvious i speak of the government.
anyway, i have changed it now ;)

Desert Punk:

Shamanic Rhythm:

Metalrocks:
so having sex in games is a problm but having it in movies and selling postcards with naked women is alright. damn, australia is really stupid beyond believes.

Can you please at least try to distinguish between 'Australia' as a collective nation, and the Australian government? Would be nice.

Kinda entertaining, no one bats an eye when people complain about "America" like we are some sort of hivemind, but when it is done against other nations people get upset. Dont worry, I am sure the mods will come along to slap a warning on Metal for calling Australia stupid, I got one for calling the UK a joke (I even appealed and got told it is considered flaming to make fun of other countries). Its fine to make fun of the US, but entirely another if you make fun of other places.

OT: An entertaining solution to be sure. I really hope the uncensored version has an unlockable australian mode just so I can check the stuff out as well.

wackymon:
I couldn't imagine that or deal with it without vomiting or recoiling in horror, and, if I was in that position, I would probably do the same without second thought.

I have to ask, is this exaggeration or are you really that badly effected by a game with such unrealistic looks?

It's posts like this that make me which these things had a 'like' button. This same thing came up in the previous news item about the southpark censoring, with someone (I really don't feel like digging around in another thread at the moment, and I'm not wanting to name someone directly anyway, bad manners and all) doing the "there's a difference between the government and the people in OUR country, please respect that" thing when absofuckinglutely nobody makes that distinction in their 'murica rants.

Yes, we all have out of touch governments full of stuffy old rich assholes who are slowly being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The people =/= The government in most cases in the world today. If people of other nationalities would make that distinction when referring to the United States, I would be more than happy to start giving them that benefit. In the meantime, I'll put it the same way as someone would if they were making comments about the United states- as a nation, you continue to vote for them. You're the only reason you're censored. Do something about it. We don't have that problem over here, as we have a founding ruleset directly created to make sure the government is checked against this kind of thing- that old moldy document y'all keep saying we should change to adapt to the modern world. Still seems plenty relevant to me.

Well, if I still decide to get this when it's released, I'll be looking at OzGameShop for a UK copy like I did with Saints Row IV. However, the way they decided to handle the Australian version almost makes me want to get a local copy.

Desert Punk:

Shamanic Rhythm:

Metalrocks:
so having sex in games is a problm but having it in movies and selling postcards with naked women is alright. damn, australia is really stupid beyond believes.

Can you please at least try to distinguish between 'Australia' as a collective nation, and the Australian government? Would be nice.

Kinda entertaining, no one bats an eye when people complain about "America" like we are some sort of hivemind, but when it is done against other nations people get upset. Dont worry, I am sure the mods will come along to slap a warning on Metal for calling Australia stupid, I got one for calling the UK a joke (I even appealed and got told it is considered flaming to make fun of other countries). Its fine to make fun of the US, but entirely another if you make fun of other places.

OT: An entertaining solution to be sure. I really hope the uncensored version has an unlockable australian mode just so I can check the stuff out as well.

Are you done?

Having been to the USA twice, I'm not the sort of person to tar the whole country with one brush. Heck, I wouldn't even tar the whole government with one brush, given that it's a massive entity with many different legislative branches that don't all communicate with each other.

However, if anyone wants to rag on our pathetic excuse for a government, go nuts. I'll join you.

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