American Censors Cover Up Dead Or Alive's Shameful Inner Thigh

The Japanese box art for Dead or Alive Dimensions features Kasumi about to kick someone right in the face. The US art is similar, only it decides American teenagers are too vulnerable to handle a little inner thigh.

On the left in the image above, the Japanese cover. On the right, the American. You know, unless the Japanese edition has bare breasts (or worse!) on the front of the box, I'll never quite understand why publishers would bother with this kind of thing.

Especially given the publisher. This is Tecmo Koei, former home of Tomonobu Itagaki. The creator of Dead or Alive. And Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. That game had dental floss masquerading as a bikini. And now the house that fighting game boobs built is concerned about a little thigh?

You've changed, Tecmo Koei. You've changed.

[via Aussie-Nintendo]


    actually it's probably the ESRB that's forced the change. They've been known to do this kind of thing in the past (Dead Island logo just the other day, for example

    Just imagine, the time someone spent editing that image is time that he/she will never, ever get back.

    Weeeeell it could be a re-render, but it's doubtful considering that the image is otherwise identical.

      I'm sure whoever did it was well paid to, at any rate. Easiest 70 bucks they ever made.

    We do it for violence, not thighs.

      What is it with yanks and sex, they're petrified of it but they LOVE violence. I remember the Duke Nukem trailer shoes body being blown apart and dismembered limb from limb and then we see a nude bum pixelated out.


      Which do you think is more harmful, bloody dismemberment or a bum?

      Who could possibly watch that trailer with all the blood and violence and then say "OMG a bum, that's just TOO FAR! SO INAPPROPRIATE!!!

        You realise that the majority of americans that complain are religious fanaticals right?

    Speaking of image censure, I've also seen some American gaming mags that have removed the saucy female hand on Duke's crotch in the DNF cover art. Prude central.

    America to a T.

    Violence is all ok. Any sexual innuendo or references is completely off limits.

    Makes no sense really.

      And we're the opposite - the people who set the tone for this kind of thing just make it up as they go along.

    The news shows footage of wars, yet Janet Jackson flashes a tit and the whole world's coming to an end.

    I think by this stage, the DoA series is now a white-belt perv simulator more than a fighting franchise.

    Frankly, I wouldn't be caught dead picking this game up.

    Hmmmm..... Censor, Inner thigh but we ok with a bit of side bewb??

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