South Park: The Stick of Truth's Banned Anal Probe/Abortion Scenes

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South Park: The Stick of Truth's Banned Anal Probe/Abortion Scenes

Check out the two scenes that were removed from the Australian, European, African, and Middle Eastern releases of South Park: The Stick of Truth.

South Park wouldn't be South Park without a healthy dose of controversy, so it should come as no surprise that the just-released Stick of Truth South Park video game has its fair share. Originally, when it was revealed that the game would be censored in Australia, absolutely no-one was surprised, as Australia censors pretty much everything these days. What was a little more surprising was the news that the same offending scenes would be cut from the European, African, and Middle Eastern versions of the game, replaced with this image instead.

Thankfully, for all our Australian, European, African and Middle Eastern Escapists, the review copy I received was completely uncensored, and I have uploaded video footage of the two censored sequences for you to enjoy (and stick it to your censorship boards).

First up is the "anal probing sequence," in which the player character is dragged past three other characters who are being actively probed, is then probed himself, and then has to help rescue Randy Marsh without accidentally probing him. Obviously, this comes with a spoiler warning and is very, very NSFW.

The second sequence, the "abortion sequence", starts with the doctor performing an abortion on the player character, and ends up with the player performing an abortion on, once again, Randy Marsh (poor Randy).

So there you have it. To be honest, I think there are much worse scenes in the game, for example, the scene where you are shrunk down and fight the underpants gnomes on the bed your parents are having sex upon, which ends with you getting crushed by a giant ballsack. But more so than that, this is a South Park game. Who is honestly going to purchase a South Park game and then complain about explicit content?

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While I can't vouch for the quality of the game in its entirety (I'm going off of these two videos), I can say that the cutscenes definitely had the South Park feel.

It's really not that bad... I think a persons head getting blown off in the average game is worse than these 2 scenes.

Aahahahahaha dat christmas music...

As expected, tame as anything. Just silly toilet humor.

The fact that you can watch it all on youtube just points out the utter stupidity of even bothering to ban it.

Seriously, who are the censors and publishers supposed to be 'protecting'?

Hopefully someone will be able to patch these scenes in to the game somehow and override the stupid censorship.

I don't know much about the controversy on it all, but damn is that footage spot on for a South Park episode. I can't believe how close to the source material that they got with the game ( in voice, aesthetics, and story content).

On one hand, that is a scene of a child being essentially sodomized in a video game, and I don't think any game other then South Park obviously would make it past ANY rating board at all much less Australias with that content, so I do understand their feeling that this is entirely too much. BUT on the other hand, video games are not kids toys and shouldn't be judged on "well what if children see, play, or sense this game in anyway!". I mean that Nymphomaniac movie isn't getting that treatment and no one is even considering that in that context. Movies get away with disturbing material and nobody screams, think of the children. And don't even get started on books which makes the movie industry blush with the stuff that gets published.

Also as a so so fan of South Park, I was going to give this a pass since you know adapted sources in games rarely turn out better then 'okay'. This does look like and feel like a south park cartoon which makes me really want to play it.

hmm replaced by text and a picture of a screaming koala.. doesnt sound like a bad trade off actually

As I've already said, Parker and Stone have told those jokes a thousand times now, and they're not funny anymore, period. Therefore, I'd rather have the censored version where they were forced to come up with brand new material that, quite honestly, sounds better to me.

King Whurdler:
and they're not funny anymore, period.

4 u

OT:
If these scenes were at all indicative of how the game is going to be, my hype train is chugging full force.

The Woodland Critter Christmas theme was brilliant.

As for the censorship, pretty hilariously stupid. Apparently a construction paper image of a vacuum on Randy's balls is much, much worse than unironic racism and blowing off heads.

Not going to buy the game until I can figure out a way to get it uncensored. I sure do hope I get to though, because as a SP fan and a fan of RPGs in general, I really want this game.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery:

King Whurdler:
and they're not funny anymore, period.

4 u

OT:
If these scenes were at all indicative of how the game is going to be, my hype train is chugging full force.

The Woodland Critter Christmas theme was brilliant.

As for the censorship, pretty hilariously stupid. Apparently a construction paper image of a vacuum on Randy's balls is much, much worse than unironic racism and blowing off heads.

You don't think a joke that's been played almost the exact same way since 1997:


might have a chance of being a bit stale?

That wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, shame on whoever made the decision to censor these scenes in Europe and Australia.

You Easter Hemisphere countries are really missin' out.

OT: Eh, pretty standard fare for South Park. These scenes just give the game a much more authentic South Park feeling. Kinda curious to see how well the game does overall. I may pick it up once it goes on sale later on.

I actually laughed out loud at the Nazi Zombie part. All this has done is made me want the game.

WUT? How is any of that worse than gratuitous violence? Some priorities just need to be "probed" for hypocrisy.

I'm still scratching my head as to why it's been banned in europe of all places... we're not that bad, are we?

So who is being "protected" by censoring a game that is rated M and why europe?
Germany has the most ass backwards, archaic standards to "protect" adults of europe and they are only picky about violence.

Never understood the fashion of banning things in tv games another media that are considered inappropriate by moral guardians. I mean do you think this article would be here if the scenes were not banned? It just makes the banned thing more interesting.

I'm a big fan of many South Park episodes, but in general it stopped being funny about the same time the kids stopped acting like kids, Cartman lost his voice, and the F-word was introduced. I think the quality went sideways at season 12 and started to sag like an old guy's balls around season 13 and 14. Every now and then there is a good episode, but in general the new ones suck like a five dollar downtown whore.

The creators say that we no longer find it funny because we've grown up. But that's wrong because first of all, South Park was never meant for kids, second, I only came to South Park late, and started watching it when I was already grown up. No, South Park was way better in the early days, pure genius around the middle, and then the quality started to drop at some point. Which is only natural. It happens to all the shows that go on for much longer than they should.

certainly the typical south park theme but the game doesnt interest me really. not my kind of game play.

Combustion Kevin:
I'm still scratching my head as to why it's been banned in europe of all places... we're not that bad, are we?

It's not actually banned, it's been censored by Ubisoft EMEA, and only on Console, PC release is ok with a couple of exceptions. My guess would be not wanting to spend the cash on making different versions for different areas. Look at the linked article update:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/132498-South-Park-The-Stick-of-Truth-Will-Be-Censored-In-UK-Europe-Update

"PC version of the game will only be censored in Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan. All other countries, including the UK, will receive the uncensored version."

Maybe PC is mostly digital so producing different versions for different countries is easier and costs less? I don't which countries get the same version in this case but generally when it comes to physical media like Xbox/playstation Europe all get the same thing.

So clearly is is time to blame Germany!...Blame Germany!, Blame Germany! etc

...That's what got censored? Something that I'd expect in a run of the mill episode? Seriously? I expected the abortion scene to be a lot more, I don't know, graphic? The anal probe scene was about on par with my expectations but hardly worth censoring. The hell?

That was it ? really ? So for SouthPark fans its just like any other episode. Clearly not going to bother the fans. Wow people have too much time on their hands if this is really an issue to cut from a game. And clearly are not fans or know wtf they are doing, abortion buzz word AAAHHH gonna ban that, and anal probes ?! might give kids Teh Gay. Cut that shit out also.

Well, guess I'm buying the PC version then. F*** THE CENSORS.

OH GOD DAMN IT THEY'RE HERE TOO! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

granted it's not exactly graphic or anything, but I can sort of understand that when you present the censor's with "scene involving anal rape of a minor" and "scene involving a minor undergoing an abortion", it's pretty much assured that it comes much too close to the (in the UK at least) strictly banned possession of child pornography.

It is at the very least, a very extreme case that pushes the boundaries of the "good taste" nature in which many of these organisations are setup to monitor the media.

King Whurdler:

Sir Thomas Sean Connery:

King Whurdler:
and they're not funny anymore, period.

4 u

OT:
If these scenes were at all indicative of how the game is going to be, my hype train is chugging full force.

The Woodland Critter Christmas theme was brilliant.

As for the censorship, pretty hilariously stupid. Apparently a construction paper image of a vacuum on Randy's balls is much, much worse than unironic racism and blowing off heads.

You don't think a joke that's been played almost the exact same way since 1997:


might have a chance of being a bit stale?

Nope, now it gets to be a nostalgic joke.

Also the sphincter clenching QTE was great.

Combustion Kevin:
I'm still scratching my head as to why it's been banned in europe of all places... we're not that bad, are we?

French Revancheism or Hitler 2.0!? I'd like it if all europeans only saw teletubbys! We can't have anything setting you guys off.

EDIT: in all seriousness banning anything these days are minor annoyances to anyone with an internet connection and since everyone knows this they're just forcing you to recognize what is and isn't good taste according to them. Hell even North Koreans who have exactly no internet at all, manage to get their hands on stuff that the North Korean government are desperate to make sure their oppressed victims don't see.

Stupid, idiotic, tasteless, and pointless.
Just like all of South Park.

The... the what is essentially child rape being censored in Australia makes absolute sense. Over here porn where the woman has less than a B-cup is banned. Porn of a woman having voluntary sex and her boobs are too small are banned because of pedophilia. So it's no surprise at all the anal probe scene is banned when your character is basically a child.

As for the abortion scene... not sure if that makes as much sense in Australia, abortions are illegal but that doesn't seem an issue... hmmm. At any rate, they seem fairly inconsequential amongst all the other inanity so it's not like the censorship is a huge loss. Absolutely justified, considering.

which ends with you getting crushed by a giant ballsack.

...woah.

That's my fetish, that.

.. I'm not use to watching a whole lot of South Park so the Alien Probing scene was quite disgusting in my eyes lol.
But not nearly as bad as the media makes it out to be. I've seen worse things which should be censored over these two scenes.

Also why would you ban scenes in a South Park game? South Park... it's obviously going to have a LOT of touchy or odd subjects that could make people uncomfortable for the sake of crude humor. Still, sad to see those two scenes were banned.

The worst thing about it being censored in Australia is that we have an R18+ rating. If I want to see a cartoon anal probes and abortions, what right do the government have to stop that? In the end, it comes down to the fact too that I am not going to pay full price if you aren't going to give me a full game. Australia has a huge amount of piracy and the entertainment industries don't understand why, then all our shit gets banned or censored or monopolised. The government, especially our current one, doesn't give a shit about it's citizens, so they aren't going to listen to us, maybe it's time for the companies losing out on income from Australia to have a few words. And yes, people will say the ACB isn't government run, but realise that it is not parliament run, but it is run by the Office of the Governor-General, which is still government.

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to save my money and boycott this game. Shame really, but "fuck you" censorship in an R18+ game.

Deathfish15:
I don't know much about the controversy on it all, but damn is that footage spot on for a South Park episode. I can't believe how close to the source material that they got with the game ( in voice, aesthetics, and story content).

unlike all the other South Park games, Matt Stone and Trey Parker were on board The Stick of Truth since the beginning.

so it wasn't a matter of getting close to the source material, it was a matter of how much Matt and Trey wanted to make the cutscenes like a regular episode.

and it shows.

OT: I fucking hated that portion. cause it's a quicktime event, and unless your keyboard is relatively new, you will end up breaking your keys trying to get through it. I spent roughly 30 minutes alone on that scene because either the game didn't like how fast I was hitting "S", or the game itself was lagging and didn't read my input.

The latter is probably more true, nearly every cutscene I watched had some sort of desyncronization with the video and audio, I even had the end credits roll about an hour before I beat the game.

Scorpid:
I mean that Nymphomaniac movie isn't getting that treatment

**blink**

What movie are you talking about? I can't think of any recent movies that I'd describe like that. Just curious which one you were talking about.

Okay, so that's been answered.

I hadn't heard about this movie - possibly because it won't be released in the USA for another few weeks. It sounds vaguely interesting from the brief description on IMDB. Probably not one I need to see in theaters though.

**reads more on Wikipedia**

Wow... it sounds really, really weird. Also, it's Danish. ... the chances of seeing this in the theater have increased on those two points.

Deathfish15:
I don't know much about the controversy on it all, but damn is that footage spot on for a South Park episode. I can't believe how close to the source material that they got with the game ( in voice, aesthetics, and story content).

Yeah, seriously. I'm actually temped to get it on the aesthetic alone.

Objectable:
Stupid, idiotic, tasteless, and pointless.
Just like all of South Park.

Don't you play Corruption of Champions? I'm pretty sure that everyone who has gazed deep enough into that particular abyss and lived has lost the right to call anything tasteless ever again.

Bara_no_Hime:

Scorpid:
I mean that Nymphomaniac movie isn't getting that treatment

**blink**

What movie are you talking about? I can't think of any recent movies that I'd describe like that. Just curious which one you were talking about.

Probably this one. It's by the same guy who did Antichrist, and seems to be getting an unusual amount of exposure for "that sort of thing". I haven't seen it myself though, so I don't really know what all the fuss is about.

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