Special Feature: Censorship in Anime and Games (Ft. Manaban)

*Final Update* 6/8:

Valve recently released an update on the situation. The whole thing is a pretty interesting read, but long story short, they’ve finally made up their mind to keep the games on the platform, but give users more filter options over what they see and don’t see in the store. They’re also going to try to improve quality and content control, which may vary depending on the region.

As of 5/22:

1) The games in question are currently under “re-review” by Steam. The previous ultimatum was lifted, but there’s no indication yet as to whether or not Valve will follow through with its intent to censor/remove certain types of games on Steam.

2) It came to light there is an advocacy group that’s been pressuring Valve/Steam to remove such content for some time now. Formerly known as Morality in Media, the group changed its name to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation about three years ago. It’s unclear, though, if they’re the primary reason for the recent notices to developers.

We are amidst the aftermath of some breaking news regarding Steam and its possible censorship/removal of several games. In this Special Feature, Derek is joined by Manaban, a Moderator for the MAL Harem and Ecchi Club.

Manaban shares his thoughts on the contextualization of sexually suggestive games, and why they may be censored differently than other types of games that feature more sexually explicit content (sexually suggestive games and visual novels vs games like Witcher 3, and GTA).

Who determines what gets censored and when?

Are violent content and sexual content held to different standards of censorship?

We’ll attempt to tackle these questions and more right now on Weeabros Anime Podcast!

Click here to listen on anchor.fm!

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5 thoughts on “Special Feature: Censorship in Anime and Games (Ft. Manaban)

  1. That’s good news!
    Although, more region locks inbound!
    I still really hate the governmental restriction of media that is not created through harm. I can see blocking the creation of snuff films and the like- but only because they are created through direct and intentional harm.
    That some people are trending towards cultural acceptance makes me feel terribly bitter. Harmful cultures should be criticized for supporting harmful governments. (It’s easiest to go in that order)
    Freedom of expression all the way! (As long as that expression does not come at the cost of others, of course.)
    Ethics aside, yay for small victories!

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  2. I have never understood why society thinks that sex is worse than murder when it comes to entertainment. Why do so many groups go on a crusade to ban things they don’t enjoy? No one is forcing them to play those games. Most of these games don’t even feature nudity, unless you apply a patch from an outside site. The “journalists” on Twitter are going mental over Valve’s decision.

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    1. WeeaBroDerek

      I think it really says something about society. Especially here stateside. We have a public shooting every other week and no one bats an eye because we’re used to it, but show some chest blobs in a sexually suggestive manner and people lose their minds. There is a rep running for governor in Tennessee who last week attributed much of the US gun violence problem to pornography and its role in deterioration of the family.

      Valve, and every other company out there should understand by now that you will never please everyone, whether they’re on the fringe left or right of the spectrum.

      I think the most reasonable option is to do what they are finally getting around to now. Let developers put their content out there so long as it isn’t total rubbish, and give consumers the ability choose what they see and don’t see.

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