Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

September 5, 2008 -

Citing comments made by a Dead Space community manager, Destructoid reports that EA's upcoming sci-fi horror game has been banned in China, Japan and Germany:

We've also been told by Dead Space community manager Andrew Green that the title has been completely banned from the following countries: Germany, Japan, and China. That's right, there's just too much survival and way too much horror in Dead Space for these countries to handle. No word on whether EA has any plans to alter the game for a future release in those territories.

Oddly enough, in the U.K., the BBFC has rated Dead Space an 18, while quick-to-censor Australia has awarded it an MA15+. We're still checking with the ESRB, but GameStop's website is displaying an "M" on Dead Space packaging.

GP: I'm having a little trouble digesting this one. It's not hard to believe Germany would ban Dead Space, as they have been fairly quick on the censorship trigger of late. However, given that Japan is the home of Resident Evil, a ban on a survival horror game would be surprising. Also, I'm not even certain that EA distributes console titles in China, due to the piracy issues there. We have a request in to EA to confirm...


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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

So clearly following this logic, football is the biggest peril that we know to man and should be clearly banned, made ilegal and all footbal couches should be sentanced to life in prisonment for the damage that they have caused society.

Clearly, this hasn't happened.

And why is this?

Because no study in football has been conducted without also looking into the positive aspects, rather than just the positive ones.

So anyone who says that games are completely harmless fun is obviously unaware to the geeks who can't hold down a social life, but clearly, this isn't true of all gamers, its the same with booze, one of the more social accetable bad habits, nearly everyone drinks but only a small percent of those people go on to comit DUI.

Another thing here, I see "unconsitional" thrown alot around here, and I also see the violent negative reaction that it is met with almost everywhere, but in this case i feel that the reaction is unjustified, for what I can make out what many in the anti-video game are trying to do is introduce laws which say that you can't be a 12 year old and walk into a store and buy GTA, and I whole heartily support them in this measure, and if you really feel that your, or your kids rights are being violated, buy it for your kids, really its that simple, the state deems that content A is not suitable for people a below a certain age and believe that the state is wrong in this conclusion, then by all means, buiy your son GTA, if you happen to be said son, I don't beleiev that as a child that you have the power to make a informed decesion and that the power of state and parent makes that decesion for you.

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Does anyone know if this will be banned in the U.S.; Is that even possible, considering EA widely distributes in the U.S.?

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

As was postet earlier in this comments section:

THE GERMAN VERSION IS NOT BANNED.

It has been officially denied by EA. It is still in the ratings process.

 

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Z rated games are allowed to be sold in stores and played on systems. Its kinda like the AO rating here where its restrited to 18 and older. But the only difference is you can find it in stores and play it on systems. :P 

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

I think this is because in Japan videogame industry feels american games are invading their market and they use the cesorship as excuse to defend their own products.

Anyways, american games aren´t so much popular in Japan, so I don´t think there is many people waiting for Dead Space.

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

I beg to differ. Battlefield Bad Company made #6 in Japan sales chartthis week. Not to metion GTAIV and CoD4 when they were released. And those games are based in modern day. You think Dead Space, a fantasy sci fi game wouldnt be just as popular? Face it, western developers are the new power in the industry. Japan had their turn screwing it up. Now we're taking it back, where it started.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 

Dead Space is not banned in Japan. It has been rated "Z" but the publisher won't sell games with this rating and therefore calls it a ban.

Similar situation in Germany - USK refused a rating and that's why EA won't publish it there OFFICIALLY. Of course any gamer above 18 will be able to buy the uncut Euro version from his local game store. However, big electronic chains won't sell it due to the lack of a rating.

Big deal. Terrible censorship...really;-)  

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 I too find the report of a ban in Japan to be incredulous.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 Well, 

I don't think that it will be banned in Germany.  Btw there are only "12" Games are really banned in Germany.ZippyDSMlee got right with the mood swings.  Here in Germany , the games are rated by a permanently changing committee. 

 

 

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

It’s a shame the bureaucracy prevents a stable rating system but looking at the rest of the world it would mean more bans IMO unless they focus on keeping stuff "out of sight" of minors.

 

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

I don't think theres ever been a game banned in Japan. I find this report REALLY hard to believe...

I'd imagine this game getting Z-rated at the very least.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Dead rising was delayed a year or so until it was edited down, they have issues with high level violence in..er.... "mainstream"(mostly games) products.
Whitch is sad since OVA anime is not so censored yet TV anime is, they have learned from the US how to be crazy censorbots.... altho they still have a long way to go before the fcktartedness of the US.
 
FYI Z is used for porn games as far as I know.

 I wodner if this will work
 
Descriptors aside here we go
Note: The exclamation points denote where a rating can have content “higher” than what normally seen in the US range of games.


A minus means violence may push it up a level with some form of regularity


An x means sexuality may push it up a level with some form of regularity


A B means a ban or the product needs to be edited for sell, this can mean a simple toning down of the product before sale or a wholesale redo to get it into a region.


A rating in () means it’s not used for games, Using the MPAA as a benchmark to show general ratings conscious.

 

 

Un-restricted.

Under 6.

6 or older.

8 or older.

12 or older.

15 or older.

17 or older.

Restricted 18+ only.

 

MPAA

(No rating)

(Unrated)

(Gx)

(PGx)

 

(PG13!x-)

 

(R!x)

(NC17+)

(Unrated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESRB

 

EC

Ex-

E10x-

Tx-

 

Mx-B

(AO)B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBFC

 

UC

U-

PG!-

12!-

15!-

18!x-B

(R18)B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEGI

 

3

 

7!-

12!-

16!

18!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLFC

E

G-

PGx-

 

Mx-

MA15+x-

(R18)B

(X18)B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CERO

 

A!

 

 

B!

C!-

D!-B

Z!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USK

Unrestricted

 

6x-

 

12x-

16x-

18x-B

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it did! it did!

 

here the post I made voer the ratings baords

 

http://forums.theeca.com/showthread.php?p=85147#post85147

 

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Let me get this straight. You think Japan is banning Dead Space, because they learned this from the "censorbots" in America? The same country that IS NOT banning Dead Space? That makes no sense. I think Japan is the one that reached "fcktartedness". Until the US gets used panty vending machines, Japan is the screwed up country, not US.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Until almost one percent of Japan's population isn't sitting in prison the US is the fucked up country, not Japan...

(meant to make you think)

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Bioshock didint get baned in Gremany...oy do they have mood swings based on weather?

 

Stupid pittfull huamns....at least the UK is not doing dumb moneky tricks with this....

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Hey, I live in China! let me tell you some "insider news".

There are three types of consoles in China:

1. one type is banned, including Xbox360, PS3, Wii and more; they never get lifted.

2. the other type is smuggled, including Xbox360, PS3, Wii and more; they never get caught.

3. the rest is faked, including Xbox360, PS3, Wii and more; they never catch on.

don't get me started on how there are three types of console games.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

They sell 360s, PS3s, and Wiis in airports here, as well as officially recognized distributors. Sorry, not buying it, Mr. "I live in China."

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

"Oddly enough, in the U.K., the BBFC has rated Dead Space an 18"

The UK is a lot more liberal than the US, and while Manhunt 2 was censored here, it's very rare for media to be controlled here.

The BBC (not BBFC) is paid for by the government, and yet they can still crack as many jokes as they want about our leaders.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

To be nit pickey, the BBC is funded by the public via the TV Licence.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 To be even more nitpicky, what exactly is the difference between "funded by the punlic" and "funded by the government"? It's not like the government's money somehow materializes from thin air or the amount of this "TV license" is decided upon by magical faires.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

The difference is whether the money of the public first goes to the government, is redirected there, and then the BBC gets their share, or if they get the money directly from the public, which they do (I think... I'm German, but our model is very similar). This gives the Government less influence over content.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

This is an epidemy. This has to stop worldwide.

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Controversy + M rating = Yep Purchase for me

oh and fuck Anti-Video Gamists and Jack Thompson... they aren't important.

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Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

And once again, my beloved country won't give a damn! :D

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Banned in CHINA? What the hell? They've never once banned a game before, ever. There've been talks of limiting MMO playtime but even those haven't happened yet. In fact, I can walk out right now and buy pretty much any game I wanted - seriously, they even have those horrific adult games from Japan. I call bullshit.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Lets put it this way, the only reason WoW was allowed to be released in China was for blizzard to remove the bones showing on undead characters and corpses. Ok. So considering this entire games revolves around strategically dismembering your opponents this would get banned ASAP. And since that dismemberment bit is an integral part of the game I doubt you could even attempt to remove it without basically redoing the whole game.

Not sure on Japan, they're usually not the banning type. Can't really see anything in that game that isn't available in Japan already, so that is really a mystery if true.

Germany, well the dismemberment and gore will do the trick quite nicely.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Yeah, when have the Chinese government ever censored anything!

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

They censor politically sensitive topics, not video games. Even Army of Two, with its killing of Chinese military, wasn't banned.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Dead Rising was edited in Japan, wasn't it?

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 

Germany and China, I'm not suprised they'll ban that game there.  But Japan, why?  Does this game have anything offensive?  Maybe a image of the atomic bomb, or a image of nuclear bomb survivor in a game that could be offensive or insulting to Hibakusha (Hiroshima Survivor).  Could it also be that US doing a Horror Survival game can be considered offensive to Japan because it insult Japan superiority on Horror Survival.  Japan, I think you oughta think about it before you ban this game.  We love your anime, manga, all the good stuff from your country, can you just un-ban it just for the love of people who love playing survival horror?

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

I don't think that would be the case or else Call of Duty 4 would have been banned (actually I think the impact of the nuclear scene is brilliantly executed).

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 Agree with people about Japan, really strange that they would ban this. Myabe its due to that stabbing incident recently who knows. Even then, the games they put out are just as violent and gory, hell when playing the Ninja Gaiden 2 the only new thing I noticed over the first game was that I left a pile of dismembered corpses after each fight.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

ARE YOU FUCKIN SERIOUS JAPAN IS THE MOST PERVERTED COUNTRY ON THE PLANET HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE LITTLE ANIME GAMES THAT HAVE MEN KISSING, NAKED CARTOON DRAWINGS AND THEY WANT TO BAN DEAD SPACE WOW I'VE SEEN IT ALL

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

The stereotype of otaku culture is perpetuated by Western media as if all japanese people are (what we'd consider) perverted geeks. Here in europe, whenever Americans are mentioned on TV, all we hear about is a bunch of gun toting obese people.

Neither stereotype is true of the whole nation, and to believe media about it makes you far more stupid than any prejudicial stereotype.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

 HOORAY AMERICA! WE WIN AGAIN!!! XD

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

True enough.  Stereotypes of American Cities aren't even accurate.  Visiting New York recently I was struck just how bloody friendly people are compared to say London.  The only thing that was true was the 'New York Second' with regards to Taxis :)

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

So you have more problem with men kissing and naked cartoon depictions of people than you do with extreme violence... interesting.  I think this says more about you than Japan though.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

FIRST OFF HOW ABOUT YOU LEARN PUNCTUATION AND A BUTTON CALLED CAPS LOCK

Secondly. Just, shut up, no. Sure, you could consider Japan perverted, but apparently you don't know, there's also a popularity aspect for hentai in the US as well. Also, y'know what, at least their ANIMATED. You want to know what happens deeper into Asia? In (I believe) eastern Europe. Girls are kidnapped, raped, sold as real sex slaves. And that is real. Mostly cause I'm not in the mood right now, I'm not going to touch your gay-hating, or hentai-bashing.

I think you've proven just how you are already.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

If true, the anti-videogame peopel iwll be all over a game being banned in Japan.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Banned in Germany - Makes sense.  They ban games at the drop of a hat it seems.  Gaming stores in neighboring countries must love the German government 'cause their ban-happy ways gives these retailers so many German customers.

Banned in China - No surprise there either.

Banned in Japan - What?  Really?  The same country that sells tentacle-rape video games?  That spawned violent titles like Ninja Gaiden?  (Where does all that blood come from anyway?)  I have a gut-feeling that this was some sort of miscommunication.  Though even if it's true, Dead Space is a FPS game and FPS games don't do so well over there anyway.

15 Rating in Australia - I wonder how long that's going to last...

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

I have a theory...Capcom is actually bribing someone under the table in order to ban non-Capcom survival horror games! What a devious way to dominate the survival-horror genre... :D

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Considering the average anime body has 52 gallons of blood, I don't see them banning something for blood. I'm not saying it isn't true, I'm saying it's stupid. Has anyone watched the unedited Dragon Ball Z or Naruto episodes? These are kids shows (not exactly, but for brevities sake) and they have a lot of blood in them (and impaling, dismemberment, death, ect...).

Also, I wouldn't call it "cleaning up" it's games, I would call it singling out a medium and censoring it. However, Japan really doesn't shy away from censorship, for them it's just a little step. Luckily censorship is a bad word in America. Doesn't stop them from censoring things, but they try and make it an economic censorship rather then a government censorship. Still ticks me off.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

I have to agree with previous posters. While China and Germany (Austrailia included) are following standard course given the degree of moral "engineering" they attempt, Japan is a mystery. I'd hypothosize any number of political or economical reasons before I 'd even touch the moral objections.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Garuntee you it's an M.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Banned in Japan? I smell bs....

This doesn't sound right what so ever. (Unless it attacks the entire japanese culture viciously and insultingly). China and Germany banning games though? That doesn't sound too far fetched...

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

It seems like Japan's been cleaning up its game content more now. Apparently, their version of No More Heroes has no blood in it.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

Japan has been "westernizing" its censorship for awhile now.  They've been cutting nudity out of kids shows, out of prime time TV, etc.  Stopping with the extreme gameshows, ultraviolence in teenager programming, etc...

 

And you know what?

 

Their crime rate is going up.

 

Someday, somewhere, people will realize that the more chains you put on people, the more insulted they feel, and the more crime they commit.

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

How "up" is "up" exactly?

Even now, Japan is still considered to have one of the, if not THE lowest crime rate of any industrialized nation in the world. I mean, the worst [crime] area in the country is supposed to be Osaka and even then the biggest crime there is pickpocketing.

 

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

this just proves George Carlin right about the inverse relationship between violence in fiction and violence in reality.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Report: Dead Space Banned in Germany, China, Japan

What routine/book/whatever?  Must know now!

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