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No regional censorship on GOG, EVER!

Added byfronzelneekburm's avatarfronzelneekburm

Paragraph 10 of the "The Witcher 3"-FAQ states the following:

"Q: Will the content of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt differ between regions based on the age ratings? - A: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt doesn't have its official age ratings yet, as the game is still in production. The official age ratings will be annouced closer to the launch in February 2015"

Why beat around the bush? A clear and simple "No!“ would have sufficed! We, the users, do not want regional censorship to affect us here on GOG, ever. Introducing regional censorship for one game will without a doubt start an avalanche that would end up severely diminishing the user experiences for players affected by the restrictive and completely arbitrary censorship laws in countries such as Germany or Australia. Say NO! to regional censorship!

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Matruchus
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I think there is regional censorship here already as some people have mentioned stuff that is not the same in every gog game version for different users - also why is the PEGI rating now on gog.com if there is no regional censorship.

Aug. 31, 2014
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thiagovscoelho
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Censorship laws — keyword here is laws. They can't not censor it, just fight the law like that.

Aug. 8, 2014
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BillyMaysFan59
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Censorship is evil!

'nuff said

Jul. 16, 2014
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boroncarbide
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At the very least, an indication that the version you are being offered is censored is paramount.

Jun. 24, 2014
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micktiegs_8
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well, some games that are banned for me are available on gog. I'm not complaining!

Jun. 23, 2014
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MasterS.249
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No to Censorship! Put the games the way they were intended to be!

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Jun. 21, 2014
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ChrisTX
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You're barking up the wrong tree, you would need to petition to change those laws and not to GOG to ignore them.

Being German, I can say that the situation here is as follows: If a game is excessively violent, it can be indexed under StGB § 131 "Gewaltverherrlichung". Selling a game that falls under these criteria to a minor (<18) or advertising them publicly is a criminal offense. It would be possible to implement a binding age check (ID based) to offer then such games to those eligible, but I doubt this would be a workload manageable by GOG - by Steam, yes - but GOG is likely too small for this.(*)

Games indexed under StGB § 86/86a (those containing swastikas, German salutes and other emblems/symbols/propaganda of banned parties) are NEVER to be sold in Germany, to nobody - not even those _over_ 18.

(*) StGB § 184 falls under this category, too. However, I'm not aware of any game being indexed for that paragraph.
Furthermore, some games (like Left 4 Dead 1/2 uncut) were confiscated under that paragraph by a judge. In such a case, the distribution of that game is forbidden altogether for the next 25 years.

Jun. 20, 2014
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ambrosemerle
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While GoG is bound by various laws, it would be nice to have the option to download a regional copy of a game if censorship is going to be practiced. It's not really any different a concept than how Alone in the Dark has numerous different languages available for download under it. Some of this should be left up to the users discretion, and some users may live in more than one country. I'd really hate to see an adult user who paid for a game shorted on its functionality. This, too, would also allow users who do want a censored version to have access to it without having to, yanno, move to another country to get it.

Jun. 18, 2014
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MarioFanaticXV
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As much as I agree with the principle, this really isn't up to them.

Jun. 17, 2014
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CampingCarl
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If I knew being Australian would alter my purchase of The Witcher 2 I wouldn't of bought it. No more regional censorship!

Jun. 14, 2014
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ASnakeNeverDies
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Ugh, censorship.

Jun. 8, 2014
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mrmarioanonym
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if regional censorship gets introduced and my old purchases are affected, i WILL leave this site.

Jun. 8, 2014
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Lappro
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If you add a dialog on startup asking if you do or don't want adult content in the game. Giving every gamer in every region his/her own choice. This should be allowed by laws in all regions (not an expert, but logic says that should be :P). A bit like MW2 asking if you want to play the airport level, which was a bit brutal. Gives you the choice, doesn't lock you. Best of both worlds so to speak.

Jun. 8, 2014
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asdfxc920
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Apparently countries like Germany don't like it if the game SHIPS with mature content, but have no problem if you distribute a means of undoing the censorship e.g. a patch.

So GOG/CD Projekt can get around these laws very easily if they really want to.

Jun. 7, 2014
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hijackthepants
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I want my friends overseas to have the same gaming experience I have.

Jun. 6, 2014
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IAmSinistar
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I oppose censorship and support this effort. Though there's only so much GOG can do about it if a national government lays down a "censor or don't sell" edict on them.

Jun. 6, 2014
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