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The director of Metal Gear discusses censorship in games

October 21, 2014

A while back in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Metal Gear producer Hideo Kojima talked about the censorship taking place in Japan for Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. Apparently the Computer Entertainment Ratings Organization "CERO" had the team censor out certain segments of the game that seemed too sensitive for Japanese gamers.

There was no specific mention as to the exact elements that were being censored, but there are some torture scenes where it appears a character is getting water boarded, and other means of torture.

This kind of censorship does not sit well with Hideo Kojima, as he fired back with a few statements about culture in games, starting with "games will never be considered culture if they don't broach sensitive subjects."

"If we don't cross that line, if we don't make attempts to express what we really want to express, games will only be games. If we don't try to go beyond that, we won't be able to achieve what movies or novels have achieved. I didn't want to stay away from these things that could be considered sensitive. If we don't go that far, games will never be considered as culture." 

What do you think about censorship in games? Is it necessary or should everything be left alone, free to express beyond the level of just a game? I'd like to hear your feedback below in the comment section on what your 2 cents are. Cheers.

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