Now I know that here in good ol’ North America we have rules when it comes to the content in our video games. Well to a certain degree we do at least, ok so pretty much whatever the people behind the ESRB says goes over here for our games. Not so much the case when it comes to Japanese games, and I found myself questioning at times why certain content gets censored out once any particular game with suggestive hits the states. Not only that but the age at which a mature rated game can be purchased is totally different here as well. Lets take popular rpg Persona 4 as an example, here in America the ESRB rating for the game is “M” meaning that its a Mature rated game and you have to be 17 years of age or older to buy it. Any younger and you need to be in your local Gamestop holding your moms hand and hoping she’s one of the ones who don’t pay attention to that sort of thing and probably saying “its just a game.” You know, that same one who will later complain about the content of games once something bad happens and video games are being blamed….yeah that one. Well mother aside this very same game has a CERO rating of “B”. CERO is pretty much Japans ESRB, but their rating of “B” means that anyone 12 years old and up can buy this game. Now I played and completed Persona 4, great rpg that sits in the shadow of Final Fantasy, but if the game was deemed ok for a 12 year old to play in Japan then why must one be 17 in order to play it here?
Further more while on the topic of Content Censorship I’d like to introduce two characters to you just to fill you in on who they really are in case you did not already know. First off we have Birdo, who looks like she could pass off as Yoshi’s girlfriend or something. I originally thought this when I first heard about her, but then I found out the harsh truth. Had Birdo been kept in her original state then, well…I guess Birdo would not have had much of an interest in Yoshi at all. Sadly Birdo has been the subject of plenty debates regarding gender and is now just considered to be a female. Thing is now that I know the origin of Birdo, You can say its a girl all you want its not going to change the fact that I now know.
Ok so last but not least we have, in my opinion, the most notoriously censored character ever. If you’ve ever played Street Fighter x Tekken then you may know who Im talking about. That character is Poison and man…talk about censored. Those who may not have heard of her until you played SFxT might find her to be on the more oversexed side, which I assume was done to push the fact that Poison is a chick. Well poor Poison had a rough life for you see when she was orginally designed there was fear that the whole beating up of women would be used as a means to sue so then she was made into a “newhalf”, to put it simple ol girl had an adams apple.
So if you didnt already know this about these two characters, well you know now. Sadly, it will stick with you and you may never look at those two the same again.