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Last month, Kotaku posted a job listing for a porn censor in China. Maybe you applied! Maybe you didn’t. But if you were curious as to what kind of people censor porn in China, here’s your chance to have a peek.
For as long as there have been Japanese role-playing games, there has been censorship. Since the NES days, Nintendo and other big Japanese companies have been quick to stamp their big black bars on anything that might be considered offensive to Western sensibilities: alcohol, religion, sex, octopus statues, whatever. And JRPGs have been the biggest victim of this misguided crusade.
Yesterday, all of the internet was ablaze with the news that Saga #12 — Image Comics’ sci-fi adventure drama by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples — was being blocked from iPads and iPhones by Apple. A new announcement from digital comics purveyor Comixology indicates that they, not Apple, were to blame.
Tomorrow’s Saga #12 — the latest issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ critically acclaimed series — won’t be available for purchase via comics-reading apps on the iPad or iPhone, because it contains images of gay sex. That means that folks who buy and read the sci-fi adventure drama via apps like Comixology won’t be able to do so once the issue goes on sale.
The freakout over violent video games shows no signs of abating. We’re back to Connecticut again. Debralee Hovey, a state representative there, has proposed an additional 10 per cent tax on the sale of M-rated video games.
I wasn’t aware people play video games like Call of Duty in public libraries, but evidently they do in the US state of New Jersey. Or did. The library board there specifically banned first-person shooters from being played on library computers last month.
Apple’s notoriously haphazard approvals policy for App Store games continues unabated. Only a few months after a historical game about the Second World War was blocked for daring to use flags, a serious game about the current conflict in Syria has been barred for much the same reason.