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Uncensored versions of games.in progress

Added byTelika's avatarTelika

GOG aims at providing games in their original experience (original low tech versions), and liberated from tacked on limitations (drm). I am not sure why they consider censored games satisfying. Is removed or altered content so much better than drm restrictions ? The GOG versions of Fallout, Giants, Gobliiins feel incomplete because of such details. And the edited parts make no sense on a site that also sells unaltered "mature" games (like Carmageddon, Farenheit, Witcher). I suggest that GOG should (if it doesn't already) treat censored versions as temporary "stopgap measures", keep looking for the original versions with the same energy as for unavailable games, and replace them as soon as they can. Or even, make censorship a DRM-level point during their negociations with titles owners.

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Tomkilla
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I hate censorship! Pls NO censoring!

3 days ago
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Andrachis76
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Couldn't both be offered? Censored for the people who want them for whatever reason, and uncensored for those who like that. I'm sure it would add some extra work, but if the work is already being done to censor some games, I wouldn't think it would add much extra to leave a version uncensored.

Apr. 11, 2014
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diablo58
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I think where you get a game, it should be in its original form. If that means "Rated M", so be it. Like in the "Postal" games, where they keep saying their belief is random acts of violence should only be in computer/video games rather than the real world. besides, GOG has games like 'Witcher 2: Enhanced Version" which is definitely not "cut".

Mar. 26, 2014
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Uhr78
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The worst thing about censorship is §$*%#!!!
C´mon, GOG You are better than this!

Mar. 18, 2014
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Telika
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OOOOOOOOOOH. IN PROGRESS. YEEPEEEEEEEEE !!!

Mar. 16, 2014
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Telika
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But, I suppose, still no project of finding the uncensored versions of much more tame games (like "gobliiins" or "giants"), or to make censorship-free games one of the priority values of GOG (along with DRM and, previously, "one world fair price"). At least if I interpret right the fact that this hasn't been tagged as "in progress"...

Mar. 6, 2014
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JudasIscariotGOG
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Just wanted to let everyone know that our recent release of Harvester is uncensored :)

Mar. 6, 2014
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master_shadow
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I totally agree to have uncensored games (only).

I think the mentioned Fallout is part one? In case of Fallout 2 I don´t think it is censored as I had plenty kids e.g. in Klamath (why I slaughtered of course to get the title ;) )... So why would the first part be censored?

BTT:
Aside of avoiding censored games they should at least be marked as such on the website.

Feb. 27, 2014
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Jaqen
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I agree with the request. Give us the true stuff.

Feb. 27, 2014
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NetAndy
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+1 for uncensored versions of the games, but choice between censored and uncensored version would be ideal.

Feb. 22, 2014
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mraukotek
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i think that if GOG should give us a choice to install censored or uncensored version of the game. could be usefull if somebody got children ;)

Feb. 20, 2014
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marianne
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I pay money for my games and I don't want anyone removing content or altering content. I expect to be buying the entire original game. No Censored Games !!! If a game is censored for any reason, then it should be so stated !!!

Feb. 18, 2014
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SoulNibbler
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GOG, I am really, really disappointed now. I thought you were the good guys? :(
As a German it is so damn hard to find uncesored versions of games that are banned or censored in Germany. Why you do this to me?

Feb. 16, 2014
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killashnikov
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FUCK CENSORSHIP

Feb. 15, 2014
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placa4
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Sorry but now that I know this... If it's censored I won't buy it.

Feb. 2, 2014
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ozzy554
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Well as for fallout GOG is based in Europe. So they have the European version of the game which has the children edited out. This however can be easily patched back in.

Jan. 28, 2014
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NessAndSonic
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@muchshoes I see you've done your homework. Laws and culture are the main reasons for censorship. The bar and Threek became a cafe and Threed in Earthbound because of censorship caused by laws and to avoid offending certain people in America, respectively. However, the name Threed worked out better if you ask me. Threed = 3-D.

Jan. 7, 2014
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pmdci
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Wait a sec... Is Fallout censored?! This sucks! Off to TPB then!

Dec. 27, 2013
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CampingCarl
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Censorship in certain games is practically the equivalent of having DRM in the first place. It's just plain unfair to both the consumers who want to play the games as they were originally created and unfair to the developers for having their work tarnished.

Dec. 27, 2013
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Niteris
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"Or even, make censorship a DRM-level point during their negociations with titles owners."

I agree GOG should put uncensored versions of games, but if that's at the cost of DRM then I'll simply stop buying games. I'd rather have censored gore than DRM.
Or maybe I said that quoted line wrong, did Telika mean to say to make censorship the same as DRM during negotiations so it's removed from games before being put on the site?

Dec. 25, 2013
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Gaerzi
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This is the only item in the top 5 "most voted ever" that isn't "in progress"...

Dec. 21, 2013
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bouncedk
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Yeah wtf is up with gog?

Dec. 16, 2013
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Robo4900
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I think they should provide all versions they can use of any game they provide. For example, if I get Dungeon Keeper 2, I should be able to have the patched version with more features(1.7 or 1.8), and the earlier version with better AI(1.2, I think), but they don't offer that. :L

If they did this, they could provide the UK and the US versions of Fallout so the player could select whichever one they want.

Dec. 16, 2013
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masterteaho
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Please GOG, make this happen

Dec. 15, 2013
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scooney
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GOG should always offer the uncensored version. It's a shame that certain European versions of games removed children, Nazis, violence, etc. It's also a shame that US versions have sometimes removed nudity/sexuality. I don't support such censorship in either case. Let's have the uncensored version that the developers intended. Not only is GOG a business, but it is also performing an important role of preserving our culture. I want to see it preserved uncensored.

Dec. 15, 2013
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AgentBJ09
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Has anyone noticed the self-censoring of the Doom titles by ID on Steam?

The BFG Edition's wads were lacking the SS Soldier sprites, images and sounds for the Wolfenstein levels, and even the individual wads for sale have the medkits/packs' red crosses replaced with red/blue pills and other such censoring tactics.

I'm aware the Nazi censoring is necessary for selling the games in Germany, but the other sprite replacements sounds unlike the ID of old.

Dec. 10, 2013
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I doubt it's the decision of GOG, but if anything is taken away or changed in any way from the original, it would be good if they could just list them under each item. When it's not the decision of the original developer to censor, I don't think it'll just come down to releasing the first version that was released either (eg if it was originally german and censored then we might get a censored EU copy). To this date, there is no world renowned method of age verification online, so perhaps that is why some developers/publishers take the easy route agreeing to release only censored games on GOG. Gambling websites in comparison sometimes ask for passport or driving license details to solve the issue, but for any website anyone around the age of 14 can use many debit cards to buy 18+ material these days with no issues at all

Dec. 7, 2013
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7thChimera
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I support this vote!

Dec. 4, 2013
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Darklord666
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I see no problem here. GOG often offers different language versions so you can chosse between e.g. english or german version. There are many titles here that aren't available in german stores. For GIANTS: there is just the (US-)english version stripped of nudity. The german is uncensored. Here's just the original US version availalable. A "Fix" for the delphi is easy to be found. For the witcher it's also "just" the nudity. I guess a a fix is also easy to be found. I'm pretty satisfied as an (rather old) adult german player that it's possible to get so many games uncensored here.
Fallout 1+2, IDK. I guess the german version here is censored, the english not. Then I get the english version and everything is nice.
Far cry e.g., is heavily censored in germany. I got the english version then. No biggy. I guess it's just, if the original, english version is censored and mostly because of nudity, then it will be censored here in GOG. Which is rather understandable.

Nov. 25, 2013
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BinaerGecko
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I think it's fair to say that 80 to 90% of all cuts in video games happen in Germany, and I can confirm that the USK has NOT toughed the Witcher. Both titles are uncut here, so I assume everywhere else as well.

Nov. 22, 2013
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Gabozero
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Are The Witcher and Witcher 2 censored here in GOG? D:

Nov. 17, 2013
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AngryAlien
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I just learned through this feature request that GOG is selling censored versions of the game, since I did not buy a game that suffered from censorship so far. And I am somewhat startlet that, as a german, I can only get the heavily cut version of games like Fallout.

Especially the Fallout games suffer a lot from censorship, there are even quests you can not solve, because of the missing children.

Censorship is a way of incapacitation and I absolutely hate it when distributor like Steam only deliver censored versions in preemptive obedience. Especially when selling and buying uncensored versions of games like Fallout is perfectly legal even in Germany, as long as the game is not indexed on the infamous B-index list and the customer is of legal age.

Nov. 16, 2013
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CDickerson
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I'd like the choice to still get the censored version.

Nov. 15, 2013
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testhero
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For now putting a comment in the game page and up voting or pinning it would let people know if the game had any censored content

Nov. 5, 2013
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kitsuneae
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At least a warning if a game is censored in your region would be good.

Oct. 30, 2013
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whystler2012
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@Firecommando. Good point. I always thought that the Aussie and German censorship rules were exclusive to being able to import physical copies of the game and put them on brick and mortar shelves. Not downloads as well.

That said, a good compromise would be for GOG to offer both the most heavily censored version (as standard download), and the original uncensored version, which you could download after being presented with a list of countries for who the game was modified to suit local legislation, along with a legal waiver declaring that you(the gamer) take full responsibility if downloading the uncensored version happens to break the law in your country. That way GoG can offer the game without having to build a whole availability database (because it really differs per game) and still be safe if legislation is particularly unreasonable as to what adults can and can't access in a country(which used to be my biggest peeve against Australian legislation, and still is with German. Adults should be able to see and play anything that doesn't flat out break the law unconditionally).

Oct. 17, 2013
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xilence
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I'll have to mod the Witcher before I play because wow, censoring? Really???

Oct. 13, 2013
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Firecommando
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yes the censorship is enforced depending on what country you live in, germans have it the worst and and us aussies only got the r18 rating not long ago.
the main issue is GOG appears to be getting the most heavily censored versions and that's what we all get regardless of the country the person is downloading it in.
i mean it cant be that much extra effort to secure multiple versions could it?
we could mod them but these are old games as the site implies, some of the lesser known games wont have mods to bring them back to there original uncensored version.

nobody is asking GOG to break the law, just to take that extra bit of time to get all versions and not just the first one they find

Oct. 9, 2013
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NoctisAugustus
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v They probably don't have a choice. DRM is optional but censorship is enforced by the content rating system depending on where you live. I don't think they have much of a choice, of course I could be wrong.
The only thing you can do is try to get community patches to turn the game back to its original state.

Oct. 8, 2013
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Firecommando
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givin a choice between censored or drm i would rather put up with drm, never knew this till now im really disappointed with gog :(
steam is slowly releasing most of these games on there client guess i will just wait for the adult versions from now on unless there censored too.
gog you should know damn well what your target audiences age bracket is i'm 22 and i'm pretty sure just about everyone here is that age and up.
kids have no interest in old games and most adults have no interest in censored games, your just alienating everyone at this point
if this was explained on the games info page i wouldn't be as pissed...because i would have saved my self some cash and got them the old fashioned way, i don't believe in pirating but i don't believe in paying for half a product either

Oct. 6, 2013
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Infin8ty
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So TW1 is censored, even though it says "Director's Cut"? I thought "Director's Cut" meant it was the uncensored version (after doing some searching, that's what everything I've read has said).

Oct. 3, 2013
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NoctisAugustus
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Actually, never mind. I found the censored PC games list.

Command and Conquer Generals - Due to the game previously being banned in Germany, EA released a title-localized German version specifically for the German market called "Command & Conquer: Generäle", which did not incorporate real world factions or any relation to terrorism. For example, the "terrorist" suicide bomber unit was transformed into a rolling bomb and all other infantry units were changed into "cyborgs" in order of appearance and unit responses similar to earlier releases of the Command & Conquer franchise.
Fallout and Fallout 2 - Children were removed from gameplay in the UK and German versions of the games. The graphical portrayal of character deaths is affected by the reduction of violence options in Game Options. Fan made patches are available to restore the European versions of the games to the same level as the uncut US version.
Left 4 Dead 2 - In Australia, the game was originally banned due to the high levels of violence in the gameplay. Valve then submitted a 'censored' version of the game, which no longer contained images of "decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of dead bodies". The game received the MA15+ rating (the highest possible rating in Australia), and was allowed to be released in the Australian Market.
The Witcher - All the female portrait cards shown after Geralt's "sexual conquests" were censored ("retouched to a more modest standard") for the U.S. release version.

Oct. 1, 2013
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NoctisAugustus
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Yes, at least tell us if a game is censored. I have no interest in censored games.

Oct. 1, 2013
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Infin8ty
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It really shocks me that GOG censors their games though, it just seems, so not CDPR-esque. I mean, The Witcher is probably one of the most mature games I've ever played, it's really strange, please fix. And list what games are censored right now, that would be nice.

Sep. 29, 2013
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Infin8ty
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Wait, is the GOG version of TW1 censored. I have it both on Steam and GOG and its uncensored on Steam, but I really only want the GOG version (I bought it on Steam before I knew GOG existed so...). And what about TW2?

Sep. 29, 2013
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candycommander
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Can anyone actually confirm which games are censored? All I see is "CENSORED GAMES >:[ !!!!1!!!!"

Sep. 29, 2013
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candycommander
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Wait what, I thought The Witcher did have nudity. I distinctly remember one of my friends playing it and that green forest chick's breasts were shown in full glory.

Sep. 29, 2013
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neosapian
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The Witcher, would be nice if it were the unsensored version. Gothic had nude women but not my version(which is the CD-ROM) if you haven't, make it so, #1! I like nude women. In General, I think a game should be played as the designer made it to.

Sep. 24, 2013
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Buffygum
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they should also uncensor all the games already out not just the new games

Sep. 23, 2013
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KSE
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The german version of Shadow Man here on gog is censored just like the german retail version. Too bad, as i hoped it would be uncensored this time. I made a patch for the english gog version though, so that the uncensored english version can be played with german audio and text. Looks good and complete so far, without bugs or something, but i haven't tested in until the end of the game. But if someone is interested... maybe the gog staff themselfes?

Sep. 19, 2013
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