Borderlands 2 Escapes Censorship Worldwide

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Borderlands 2 Escapes Censorship Worldwide

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Gearbox's new shooter will be filled with "bloody chunks of awesomeness" no matter where you are.

Certain countries, most notably Germany and Australia, have a history of censoring violence in videogames. Regulations such as the German Jugendschutzgesetz (Protection of Young Persons Act) have so far required games released in these countries to either tone down the level of gore or remove it entirely before allowing them classification. Now, Gearbox's upcoming cel-shaded shooter Borderlands 2 looks set to subvert this.

Speaking on the company's official blog, Gearbox community manager Chris Taylor announced that Borderlands 2 has managed to avoid censorship in all territories around the world. No matter where in the world players buy the game, he says, "bandits will be just as likely to explode into bloody chunks of awesomeness as they will be in Canada or England (which is to say: very likely.)"

Of course, the increased violence won't be everyone's cup of tea. Gearbox has allowed for this by including a new "Gore Toggle" setting for players uncomfortable with the amount of blood on display. "With a single button press," Taylor says, "you can turn Borderlands [into] a less violent experience!"

While Australia didn't receive a censored version of the original Borderlands (at least, not intentionally), the announcement of a completely uncensored game containing such a large amount of violence in Germany is rather surprising. It remains to be seen whether this move signals a relaxation of Germany's strict controls on violent media, or if it simply means that Borderlands 2 will in fact be a less gory game than the original.

Borderlands 2 will be available on September 18 in North America, and September 21 everywhere else.

Source: Gearbox blog via MCV

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I'm actually fairly surprised bot Germany and Australia didn't fight back. Usually it's almost always the case of big AAA games full of violence that get denied by one or both countries.

"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

I think that the reason they escaped censorship in Germany might be that they have the option to turn the blood and gore off.

Xaryn Mar:
I think that the reason they escaped censorship in Germany might be that they have the option to turn the blood and gore off.

Nothing wrong with giving people the option, personally I like the gore, but I can understand why someone might prefer it toned down.

It is factually incorrect to say the Jugendschutzgesetz 'requires' games to tone down the violence (there's no such regulation in that law). Most of the so called low violence version released in Germany are attempts by the developers/publishers themselves to avoid the more prohibitve ratings or an 'Indizierung', and not somehow government-mandated.

Case in point: The rating for the original Borderlands was USK18 for both the English/Multilingual version and the low violence German version, so there actually was no need for the 'censored' version at all. They just jumped the gun and underestimated with how much violence they could get away with, and now that they know better, there's no need to do additional work for a censored version. But hey, nice PR for them I guess.

YES IM FROM AUSTRALIA AND THERE WILL BE BLOOD AND GUTS CANT WAIT

i dont really care, as long as it dosent protrude too much.

as long as Australia and Germany try to censor the world's games, i don't feel the least bit bad about their citizens having to pay extra for said games. consider it a censorship tax. get your government to stop, then we'll talk about equivalent pricing.

Lev The Red:
as long as Australia and Germany try to censor the world's games, i don't feel the least bit bad about their citizens having to pay extra for said games. consider it a censorship tax. get your government to stop, then we'll talk about equivalent pricing.

Where do you live?

*checks profile*

Russia? Australians make more money per year than Russians, on average. Thus, our products cost more. Countries with little money: cheap things. Rich countries: expensive things. Economic, yo.

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

You didn't play the first game, did you? Because the original Borderlands was just that. Yeah, it had other humour going for it too but the mainstay was all the over the top sexual and violent humour.

OT: I'd say a combination of the option to turn that stuff off with the more relaxed approach that Australia has been taking on censorship is probably why this passed. As for Germany? Not sure. They seem to be very "by the book" which I assume is why a lot of games never make it into Germany un-cut of certain graphic content - they don't care what the specifics of the law states, just that it exists and they make hyperbole out of it. Anyway, good for Gearbox! =)

This actually serves a practical purpose other than bucking censorship: we all know what happens when Germans get envious of other people's Borderlands.

Clearing the Eye:

Lev The Red:
as long as Australia and Germany try to censor the world's games, i don't feel the least bit bad about their citizens having to pay extra for said games. consider it a censorship tax. get your government to stop, then we'll talk about equivalent pricing.

Where do you live?

*checks profile*

Russia? Australians make more money per year than Russians, on average. Thus, our products cost more. Countries with little money: cheap things. Rich countries: expensive things. Economic, yo.

i was living in Volgagrad when i made this profile. i'm back in the US now.

the extra australians pay is due to the fact that their dollar used to be worth less than it does now. at the moment it is worth a similar amount to the US dollar, so they are being over-charged. it has nothing to do with the average income in that country. i paid a similar price for games when i was in Russia, except it was in rubles.

Lev The Red:

Clearing the Eye:

Lev The Red:
as long as Australia and Germany try to censor the world's games, i don't feel the least bit bad about their citizens having to pay extra for said games. consider it a censorship tax. get your government to stop, then we'll talk about equivalent pricing.

Where do you live?

*checks profile*

Russia? Australians make more money per year than Russians, on average. Thus, our products cost more. Countries with little money: cheap things. Rich countries: expensive things. Economic, yo.

i was living in Volgagrad when i made this profile. i'm back in the US now.

the extra australians pay is due to the fact that their dollar used to be worth less than it does now. at the moment it is worth a similar amount to the US dollar, so they are being over-charged.

Actually, Australians earn more money than Americans on average, especially since the U.S. economy has gone to utter shit.

Yay equality of countrys!!!
For the first time Australia has done something nice for me.

i don't know about you, but i will continue to enjoy playing "whose body part was this?" when picking over the loot

Clearing the Eye:

Lev The Red:

Clearing the Eye:
Where do you live?

*checks profile*

Russia? Australians make more money per year than Russians, on average. Thus, our products cost more. Countries with little money: cheap things. Rich countries: expensive things. Economic, yo.

i was living in Volgagrad when i made this profile. i'm back in the US now.

the extra australians pay is due to the fact that their dollar used to be worth less than it does now. at the moment it is worth a similar amount to the US dollar, so they are being over-charged.

Actually, Australians earn more money than Americans on average, especially since the U.S. economy has gone to utter shit.

Source on that? Everything I see says otherwise

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html?countryName=Australia&countryCode=as®ionCode=aus&rank=22#as

The more POINTLESS censorship we stop the better.

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

Tempted to call "troll", but knowing people on the internet these days...

-sigh-

Surprising, although Australia has been getting better about this sort of thing recently.

Blargh McBlargh:

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

Tempted to call "troll", but knowing people on the internet these days...

-sigh-

Yes, how DARE he not enjoy wanton, pointless violence? A troll, obviously!

The horrifying and agonized screams of an enemy as he melts to death, are the very best

As an Australian, I think our censorship board is going to gloss over most violent games until January 1st, when the R18+ finally kicks in. They know anything they do will just cause a massive backlash, so unless it's something completely twisted and violent as well as gory (see: Manhunt), they probably won't bother.

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

You've never seen, watched or heard anything about Borderlands ever, have you?

Considering their entire marketing campaigns revolve around having a Bazillion guns, killing monsters and bandits in gory glory, and finding sweet loot, that attitude is pretty much consistent with what the games are about. Also, just gotta point out; not pre-ordering a game because of a single statement made by a half-serious developer? Yeah.... that's not childish at all....

Bloody... chunks... of... awesome. Taken note for future use as a catchphrase.

Jugendschutzgesetz

For someone that doesn't understand German that word sounds like they are shooting kids in the face.

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

Do you buy anything with that attitude?

"Oh man that guy said something silly about something I wanna buy. Guess I'm not getting it now..."

DVS BSTrD:
This actually serves a practical purpose other than bucking censorship: we all know what happens when Germans get envious of other people's Borderlands.

Ho, Ho. I see what you did there.

Hooray for people not censoring games. Nothing else to say really... ugh... don't do drugs.

The Random One:
Yes, how DARE he not enjoy wanton, pointless violence? A troll, obviously!

Yeaaah, because complaining and saying you're not going to buy a sequel to a ridiculously over-the-top violent shooter because the developers said "bloody chunks of awesomeness" is totally a reasonable thing, right?

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

That's all it takes for you to change your mind? The words of one person? You're reading entirely too much into that. Grow some thicker skin and brush that chip off your shoulder, guy. People like YOU piss ME off. It goes both ways there, buddy.

/worldssmallestviolin

DVS BSTrD:
This actually serves a practical purpose other than bucking censorship: we all know what happens when Germans get envious of other people's Borderlands.

Ahahahah

ElPatron:
Bloody... chunks... of... awesome. Taken note for future use as a catchphrase.

Jugendschutzgesetz

For someone that doesn't understand German that word sounds like they are shooting kids in the face.

That's what they do, so it's nice to know that you don't even need a translator + background knowledge to understand it O.o

On Topic: I'm glad I got my Borderlands copy gifted over steam from outside germany, but now that I'm reading this I really think about how DLC bought in germany will influence all this.
then again, I'm still having a rain of gory bits every time I driver over another enemy.

Subatomic:
It is factually incorrect to say the Jugendschutzgesetz 'requires' games to tone down the violence (there's no such regulation in that law). Most of the so called low violence version released in Germany are attempts by the developers/publishers themselves to avoid the more prohibitve ratings or an 'Indizierung', and not somehow government-mandated.

Case in point: The rating for the original Borderlands was USK18 for both the English/Multilingual version and the low violence German version, so there actually was no need for the 'censored' version at all. They just jumped the gun and underestimated with how much violence they could get away with, and now that they know better, there's no need to do additional work for a censored version. But hey, nice PR for them I guess.

Exactly. Censorship has always been the developers' choice, not a necessity. The situation isn't 'We'll ban this violent game and sue everyone involved if you don't cut out all the violence' but rather 'This game is going to get this or that rating depending on the content and in the worst case you won't be able to advertise it'

Spartan212:
Source on that? Everything I see says otherwise

American minimum wage: $16 and some pocket lint/wk
Australian minimum wage: $606/wk

$100k job in the US: Next to impossible to achieve
$100k job in Australia: Can you speak english? Do a 6/12 month TAFE course and work in the mines.

Shit, i'm Australian and my current day job involves 'sitting at home' and 'scratching my balls', and i get over $100/wk to do these things.

It's entirely different cultures combined with the fact that we export so much shit per year we have lines for our docks.

The Random One:

Blargh McBlargh:

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

Tempted to call "troll", but knowing people on the internet these days...

-sigh-

Yes, how DARE he not enjoy wanton, pointless violence? A troll, obviously!

Exactly! No REAL human has such a horrendous, terrifying lack of bloodlust! TROLLBOT IS TROLLBOT!

Censoring a product is just another way of saying that your game ratings are useless and you've failed as a people. It's okay to send our men and women off to wars, to die horribly, but violent video games? That's not okay at all!

I'm not too impressed with that attitude of "bloody chunks of awesome". I don't mind a little spray, but too much seems to be "gore for gores sake."

Gore toggle will be nice. Always a dec feature.

Clearing the Eye:
"Bloody chunks of awesomeness" may be the most childish attitude possible. I'm almost put off buying the game now. People with that attitude--"Fwa, check out this big gun and all this blood! FUCK YEAH"--piss me off.

Fuck it. I'm not going to pre-order it anymore.

I have to ask, was that a serious comment?

I mean, if you weren't interested in the game to begin with, that's fine, but as that is stated, that's one of the most shallow reasons to deny yourself what looks like a ton of fun to me. I got no problem with someone balking at various things like bad business practices, but this quote you seem to be taking offense to is just Gearbox knowing their audience. "Chunks of awesomeness" is hardly a selling point for me, but it is an apt way to describe the brand of cartoony violence that is in BL1.

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