Akiba’s Beat Censorship Resulted In Localizer No Longer Being Credited In XSeed’s Games
Akiba's Beat Racist Localization
(Last Updated On: April 26, 2017)

Tom Lipschultz, a very community-oriented localizer working with XSeed Games, will no longer be credited in any of XSeed’s future games. The reason? Well, he wasn’t entirely comfortable with some of the changes made to the game, even though some people have accepted that the changes made were probably necessary for the game not to bury XSeed under a furor of media backlash.

Censored Gaming spotted the news from over on the XSeed Games forums, where Lipschultz talked to the community about what sort of changes had to be made for the localization of Akiba’s Beat. There were a number of translation discrepancies involving characters and names that weren’t too bad, but Lipschultz ran into one problem where he wasn’t sure that a certain reference should have been drastically altered. Lipschultz explains…

“”KKK witches” –> “ACQ witches” […] The original was a parody of “NKK switches,” a Japanese light switch manufacturer based out of Akihabara. I personally felt “KKK witches” was pretty funny for its shock value, but when I mentioned it to my coworkers, they… were not as amused. For various reasons (some of which do include legitimate localization concerns, but most of which involved personal offense, worries over offending others, or worries over stores not carrying the game due to this “controversial” inclusion), they were insistent upon the name being changed. And of course, I fought this as best as I could, since I saw the forceful change of this as an act of censorship (minor though it be, and even understandable though it be).

 

“In the end, however, it was Acquire themselves who voluntarily changed it to “ACQ witches”… sort of. We only ever got as far as emailing them to let them know that the KKK is a well-known abbreviation for a hate group in America, and asking them if the name “KKK witches” had any specific meaning in Akiba’s Beat, and the conversation never progressed beyond that point before Acquire simply changed the sign text and sent us a new build”

Lipschultz felt as if this could be construed as XSeed’s Western branch attempting to influence the localization of Akiba’s Beat for its release in America and Europe. He wasn’t entirely comfortable with that and how that interpretation might resonate within the gaming community, given how antsy a lot of hardcore gamers have become over issues of censorship in recent years, and the advent of a certain group of SJWs in media who have been advocating for more censorship in Japanese and other Asian games localized for the West.

According to Lipschultz, he asked to be removed from the credits to absolve himself of the issue…

“I mean, how else were they supposed to interpret us asking about it at all? And (3) the Japanese version still retains the “KKK witches” moniker, with the change only made to all English versions. It is due to this change, and specifically due to my initial misconception that we’d directly asked the devs to change it, that I asked to have my name removed from the credits of Akiba’s Beat, and thus — in accordance with company policy, which I was well advised of beforehand — removed from XSEED’s company credits altogether, meaning I will not be appearing in the credits of any future XSEED title.”

He states that there is actually a company policy that states that if someone does not want to be credited in a single title, they cannot be credited in any future XSeed releases as well. The policy explicitly says…

”Since the whole XSEED team is credited on each project by our official company title rather than anybody’s specific role on an individual game (such as “Localization Editor” in all credits regardless of if the person did any editing on that particular game or not), we cannot be selective about which games people are credited in. If someone is ashamed to be associated with one of our games, then they are ashamed to be associated with the company as a whole and won’t be credited in future games either.”

Lipschultz was surprisingly accommodating of being removed from the credits, and said that he would simply be known as a “ninja localizer” fighting against anti-censorship from the shadows.

Some people agreed with Lipschultz, others felt that Acquire did right by changing the text to something less inflammatory. There’s definitely a divide in how some people view the situation, but ultimately XSeed and Acquire likely didn’t want the media continuously dragging them through the mud for including a perceived Ku Klux Klan reference in the game while the media is currently on a doggedly diligent mission to paint any and everyone as a white nationalist and as a Nazi sympathizer.

These labels are not without consequence, and people like PewDiePie have lost work and ad revenue over these media smear campaigns, as reported by Jewish News Online. The last thing XSeed would need is to have to deal with the possibility of the game being pulled from store shelves because of a concentrated media smear due to the name of a group in the game.

Akiba’s Beat is due for release in North America on May 16th for the PS4 and PS Vita, and on May 19th in Europe.


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  • hopefully when this game comes to PC it will be fully uncensored KKK and all.

  • Fenrir007

    This XSEED policy is fucking retarded. That is one game I’m going to get used from XSEED. However, I commend Tom for sticking by his principles and being a force of good in the swamp that is game censorship. Perhaps one day we will stop being treated like children or second class citizens compared to the japanese.

  • Bebop Dee

    Lol, everyone is all like CENSORSHIP, CENSHORSHIP, screw you XSeed and Acquire. How about you reexamine yourself and Acquire’s history before jumping on Tom’s bandwagon? In Akiba’s Trip: U&U they made a joke about transgendered folks by using the word trap against a character on the online forum you could access from your phone. It was actually funny and required zero explanation.

    They never apologized for it and never backed down from their own brand of humor present in nearly every Acquire game thus far. Get real, this wasn’t a joke or reference that was worth the hassle and they’ve proven themselves time and time again to say whatever the hell they want about whatever they want. They’ve done a lot more against censorship than this guy or any of you whiners have. Look into their history before you paint them as following the left wing agenda.

    Tom seems to be more upset that XSeed will no longer be crediting him….As he asked. This wasn’t intended to be a shocking joke, it was a reference to a company that no American would of understood, they would of only seen the acronym and what do you know once Acquire realized this, they did away with the reference they would of have put more time into explaining and defending themselves.

    I love what Acquire does and their raunchy sense of humor, I’m not going to stand for supposed Anti-Censorship warriors (who they support) or SJW’s take away my right to get into a street fight that ends in boobs and pantie shots.

    Tl;dr
    They made fun of ‘traps’ in Akiba Strip, inciting the rage of sensitive people and never apologized for it, so censorship isn’t the issue. As many others have stated, it’s context.

  • Alistair

    Censored gaming has just posted the vid.

    It’s such a pity that now I’m more reluctant to believe Xseed that says the game is uncensored as the game is censored.

    Trap is the true ecchi game, beat nowhere as good as trap.

  • Alistair

    This is bad news xseed was praised for its ecchi uncensored games till now now we got a water Down game akiba beat.

    And it’s rather worrying that xseed are going into a SJW dev that I and others will no more have respect.

  • The censorship angle aside, the whole retarded-as-fuck 4kids style name changes really annoy me.

  • Hoki

    I can see the name being changed on the grounds that it didn’t carry the same meaning in English but its a slippery slope. If gaming companies keep letting themselves be bullied by SJWs and MSM, videogames will turn into the comic book and movie industry. Political propaganda.

    • I’m pretty sure video games are past that point.

    • videogames will turn into the comic book and movie industry.

      It already has, and it’s getting worse each year.

      Western developers and publishers are simply spineless cowards who just pander and virtue signal Social Justice for those precious PR points. It’s basically a big “fuck you” to their core audience, the male gamers.

      The only sure-fire way to stop this SJW/feminist crap is if gamers actually voted with their wallet. At the end of day, we are still the minority. The majority are the normies and brain-dead morons who are either unaware or don’t care, and will just happily fork over the money to have feminism shoved down their throats.

      The only positive I can say is that the number of anti-SJW gamers does seem to be increasing due to sites like OAG making gamers aware of the current state of the Western video games industry. GamerGate has also helped tremendously over the years.

      It’s a shame that sites like Niche Gamer almost always avoids the political aspects of the culture, because they do have a significant audience. However recently one of their writers wrote political articles about how women are used to kill criticism, and also representation in game development. It’s an issue that needs to be made aware of. But from what I remember, there are some readers of NG who whined that the site shouldn’t be posting any political-based articles up. I guess they would prefer to live in ignorance and denial until their games REALLY get screwed over completely by SJWs.

  • I see lots of arguments being made that the change is justified. I’m not on board with any of them. XSEED made a stupid decision between the two choices they had: removing it (which they did), or leaving it in. So let’s analyze what would’ve happened compared to what is happening.

    Suppose they left it in, with no-one noticing it for a very long time. Tom said it wouldn’t have been easy to find, but let’s assume the mainstream media did find it. As per usual, they would’ve begun the smear campaign. XSEED could’ve capitulated, or stood their ground. Now, assume they did the latter – do you truly believe this would cripple the company?

    Let’s take a look at Play-Asia, then. A small retailer, wasn’t particularly well known among the wider gaming community. DOAX3 was self-censored, and Play-Asia spoke out against it. The smear campaign ensued, and failed spectacularly. In return, Play-Asia was rewarded with thousands of loyal customers.

    A case like this should be solid evidence for the argument that if XSEED stood their ground in the midst of a media blitzkrieg, they would’ve been further rewarded by their fans for standing up for themselves in the face of adversity. Previous smear campaigns didn’t phase them, and they came out stronger as a result. Remember the Law of Heckle Shekels? It keeps being proven correct every time cases like Play-Asia’s happen, or when Tom faced off against NeoGAF.

    But that didn’t happen this time. What we got instead is a division of XSEED’s fanbase which has never existed until now. They showed the gaming world they have a weakness to be exploited – perceived racism – and this will give the media a real excuse to opine that XSEED should be more “accommodating” for the “diverse” fanbase they have. And why wouldn’t they say that? XSEED already capitulated once, so why not again?

    There’s a key point in all of this that people are missing. There’s no evidence to suggest XSEED censored KKK Witches to avoid the media smearing their name. They’ve already been targeted several times in the past, and it hasn’t done shit to them. The real reason this was censored was revealed by Tom himself: it was because the staff members themselves were offended by its inclusion. THAT is the biggest worry here, but no-one is talking about it.

    As a result of this, in order to “save their brand’s reputation”, they censored something that was not even known to the public until Tom brought it up. And for what – to not be attacked by the media that has already attacked them before? Bullshit. All this accomplished was throwing Tom even further under the bus, and infuriating people like myself who thought XSEED actually had a spine. It turns out Tom is the only one who has conviction in that company.

    Consider me henceforth a sceptical customer of any game XSEED touches. No more blind trust.

    • The real reason this was censored was revealed by Tom himself: it was because the staff members themselves were offended by its inclusion. THAT is the biggest worry here, but no-one is talking about it.

      Yeah, the fact that the staff members got offended definitely raises suspicions about them and the company.

      Unfortunately it really does seem that people in positions of power (basically positions where they are able to change/influence things) within a company simply cannot refrain from injecting their own political leaning into things, no matter what size scale the issue is.

      I can imagine Tom Lipschultz being cornered and outnumbered when he discussed this issue with his colleagues.

      What can really be done about it though?

      Consider me henceforth a sceptical customer of any game XSEED touches. No more blind trust.

      Agreed.

      • Unfortunately it really does seem that people in positions of power (basically positions where they are able to change/influence things)
        within a company simply cannot refrain from injecting their own
        political leaning into things, no matter what size scale the issue is.

        Seems that way. But I’m not entirely sure all of them did it for political reasons – based on the debates they had internally according to Tom, the reactions were more driven by emotion than politics. I suppose we’ll have to wait for their official response to all of this. However, any mention of “muh diversity”, and I’m out.

        I can imagine Tom Lipschultz being cornered and outnumbered when he discussed this issue with his colleagues.

        Considering he’s the only employee to remove his name from all future credits, he probably was the only one. What I want to know is how a company like XSEED could pride themselves in anti-censorship so much, yet buckle at the knees as soon as something coincidentally related to racism gets involved.

        What can really be done about it though?

        Remember Torrential Downpour?

        • But I’m not entirely sure all of them did it for political reasons – based on the debates they had internally according to Tom, the reactions were more driven by emotion than politics.

          In my opinion, emotion IS politics, because emotions = feelings.

          Basically, when a person lets his/her own emotions/feelings blind them from reason, facts and the truth, it becomes and results in a biased political leaning.

          It’s exactly how SJWs act. That’s why when we criticise the SJWs and feminists, we mock them for operating on feelings over facts. Which leads me to believe that XSeed’s staff getting offended over the “KKK” thing means that they had their little moment of Social Justice.

          • I get what you mean, but SJWs aren’t the only ones who react emotionally. This doesn’t always happen, but I do run into people I normally agree with who get emotional on a topic (e.g. the SAG-AFTRA thing resulted in my being called a piece of shit by a fellow GG-er). I dunno, it just seems like we frame everything politically these days.

          • I dunno, it just seems like we frame everything politically these days.

            It’s the media dude. A lot of people are just tired, and these a-holes are ruining everything and making everything harder for us all. Most of us just want to play games, but all the misinformation and hate-baiting makes it hard.

            Now everyone is emotional, angry, reactionary and viewing everything through the lens of politicization. You’re right that it’s not just SJWs who have become a bit emotionally unhinged… all of this nonsense has affected almost everyone to some degree, and not really in the best of ways.

    • Whoa, this situation and Play-Asia are two totally different things.

      Boobs vs the KKK? Come on? Really?

      What’s the number one hot topic on the MSM’s mind right now? NAZIs.

      With DOAX3 Play-Asia didn’t have anything to lose. Besides, it wasn’t even controversial. It was silly that people would even create a furor over boobs for crying out loud. Of course Play-Asia was going to gain support for a game featuring hot chicks in swimsuits with bouncing butts and breasts.

      A case like this should be solid evidence for the argument that if XSEED stood their ground in the midst of a media blitzkrieg, they would’ve been further rewarded by their fans for standing up for themselves in the face of adversity

      But why? PewDiePie, JonTron and others came out with support but lost ad revenue in the process. Play-Asia, as a marketplace distributor, gained support and gained profit out of the DOAX3 situation because they really had nothing to lose. Two completely different outcomes here.

      At the end of the day XSeed is still a company and the predication of their defiance would have been over an obscure group in the game with a KKK reference. While most hardcore gamers would shrug it off, and several years ago this wouldn’t even be a discussion — and I think Tom would be right in saying it would be shock humor — today’s climate is not like that at all.

      MSM DOES have the power to get games pulled off store shelves for the stupidest of reasons. And as I mentioned, we’ve literally seen MSM target and successfully remove revenue streams using the whole Nazi angle.

      Remember that game Survival Island or whatever? MSM used the racism angle and Google and iTunes removed the game from their digital storefronts.

      Remember what happened with GTA 5? Stupid petition talking about “muh sexism” and MSM ate it up and supported it, resulting in Target and Kmart pulling the game from store shelves.

      Even Take-Two Interactive’s CEO noted that it’s dangerous ground for smaller companies who cannot afford to have retailers blacklist their games.

      I understand what you’re saying here, but:

      1) I don’t know if there’s enough gamers out there supporting a tongue-in-cheek KKK reference to compensate for sales if retailers/digital storefronts decide to pull Akiba’s beat on the grounds of “muh racism”

      2) XSeed literally gains nothing by having their reputation smeared as being supporters of the KKK or white nationalism in America. That’s going on their Wikipedia page and I have no idea how that benefits them in the long run.

      Now to be fair, Tom did mention that the localization team didn’t actually remove the line but did inquire of Acquire first and explained to them the reference and whether or not it had any significance in Japan to justify keeping it. Acquire changed it themselves to avoid the crapstorm.

      If the MSM didn’t hold the power to completely destroy small companies, I would definitely agree with you. But based on recent trends, XSeed’s tiny marketplace value, and the fact that you would really need a strong (and large) group of people to stand by a KKK parody, I just don’t see this having a positive economic outcome like it did with Play-Asia and DOAX3.

      • What’s the number one hot topic on the MSM’s mind right now? NAZIs.

        And the number one topic in gaming journalism has been feminism, for several years now. XSEED was unscathed (up until now).

        But why? PewDiePie, JonTron and others came out with support but lost ad revenue in the process.

        Yeah, because of chickenshit advertisers looking to pull a fast one on everyone and ensure they don’t die off and become irrelevant.

        Play-Asia, as a marketplace distributor, gained support and gained
        profit out of the DOAX3 situation because they really had nothing to
        lose. Two completely different outcomes here.

        I disagree. The media could’ve gone in much harder if they really wanted to, and many did against the game specifically. But look what happened: controversy ended up helping the game sell, because people were standing up against these fucking SJWs kicking us in the balls and spitting on us. Where did our spirit go?

        At the end of the day XSeed is still a company and the predication of
        their defiance would have been over an obscure group in the game with a
        KKK reference. While most hardcore gamers would shrug it off, and
        several years ago this wouldn’t even be a discussion — and I think Tom
        would be right in saying it would be shock humor — today’s climate is
        not like that at all.

        We are the counter-culture, Billy! Standing up against moral busybodies is a requirement, not bowing down to them when things get difficult! XSEED was a localization CHAMPION for us; we needed them NOW more than ever!

        MSM DOES have the power to get games pulled off store shelves for
        the stupidest of reasons. And as I mentioned, we’ve literally seen MSM
        target and successfully remove revenue streams using the whole Nazi
        angle.

        That’s assuming they’ll have even found the bloody reference in the first place! And if they did, XSEED should’ve stood their ground and said they know what the acronym means in the West, and that it has no relation whatsoever to the actual group. Blow them off! Tell them to go fuck themselves! People LOVE that, Billy! I love that!

        I don’t know if there’s enough gamers out there supporting a
        tongue-in-cheek KKK reference to compensate for sales if
        retailers/digital storefronts decide to pull Akiba’s beat on the grounds
        of “muh racism”

        But we do, Billy – they’ve been inactive for nearly two whole years, but I know we’re all still here. Torrential Downpour was a MASSIVE campaign, and it actually worked for a lot of people! But no-one seems to want to unite again to get shit done…

        XSeed literally gains nothing by having their reputation smeared as
        being supporters of the KKK or white nationalism in America. That’s
        going on their Wikipedia page and I have no idea how that benefits them
        in the long run.

        They gain more respect from me as a customer, and therefore more support. Doesn’t that count? 🙁

        Where do I as a consumer fit into all of this…

        Now to be fair, Tom did mention that the localization team didn’t
        actually remove the line but did inquire of Acquire first and explained
        to them the reference and whether or not it had any significance in
        Japan to justify keeping it. Acquire changed it themselves to avoid the
        crapstorm.

        Self-censorship.

        If the MSM didn’t hold the power to completely destroy small companies, I
        would definitely agree with you. But based on recent trends, XSeed’s
        tiny marketplace value, and the fact that you would really need a strong
        (and large) group of people to stand by a KKK parody, I just don’t see
        this having a positive economic outcome like it did with Play-Asia and
        DOAX3.

        Because we let them get away with it. If we just organize again, make images and spread them, give the proper context behind everything, make videos, we can maybe get XSEED to respond, and hopefully reverse the decision. I just can’t take this anymore – I’m seeing so much news about censored game after censored game, and it’s late at night and I’m stressed and I’m tired and I just want to play some video games without worrying about them being censored just- fucking hell…

        • And the number one topic in gaming journalism has been feminism, for several years now. XSEED was unscathed (up until now).

          Sure, but it’s harder to get advertisers/retailers to budge on “muh feminism”. Not saying it’s that hard (as evident with GTA), but once you throw Nazis into the mixing bowl advertisers “Nope” right on out. They don’t even give a crap about context. Like in PewDiePie’s case there was literally NOTHING in the video that had anything to do with the KKK and Nazism, and yet the media dragged him through the mud with those connections.

          Yeah, because of chickenshit advertisers looking to pull a fast one on everyone and ensure they don’t die off and become irrelevant.

          Yeah and you can add retailers to that mix as well. Also, do you think Sony would stand by XSeed? They’ve come out as supporting the SJW narrative, so it’s a toss-up if they would pull the game from the PS Store if the screeching was loud enough. Even Valve pulled Hatred over the MSM’s screeching about that game. Thank goodness Lord Gaben stepped in personally to save the game.

          controversy ended up helping the game sell, because people were standing up against these fucking SJWs kicking us in the balls and spitting on us. Where did our spirit go?

          Boobs are life, man. They bring people together. Who could deny the power of jiggle-physics? It’s a little harder to get people to defend an obscure KKK joke.

          We are the counter-culture, Billy! Standing up against moral busybodies is a requirement, not bowing down to them when things get difficult! XSEED was a localization CHAMPION for us; we needed them NOW more than ever!

          Of course.

          That’s assuming they’ll have even found the bloody reference in the first place!

          If not before release, during release; if not during release, after release. They would have found it.

          Blow them off! Tell them to go fuck themselves! People LOVE that, Billy! I love that!

          Yeah, and so long as the context is made clear people can get behind that. But let’s be honest here man, what are the odds that we could get normies to understand the context of the reference over the loud shouting from MSM yelling “racism! NAZIS! THE NAZIS ARE COMING!”?

          They gain more respect from me as a customer, and therefore more support. Doesn’t that count? 🙁

          I wish it did, and it should count. But dang, our PC culture can’t take a joke these days.

          If we just organize again, make images and spread them, give the proper context behind everything, make videos, we can maybe get XSEED to respond, and hopefully reverse the decision.

          This is a tough one, though. I mean… with boobs, it’s easy because it’s like… who hates boobs? Really? But you REALLY need a strong PR manager to work the memes and community penetration to ensure that normies get it. Even without any actual Nazi content in the original video that blew up, PewDiePie still had a hard time getting out in front of the crapstorm the MSM created.

          If people could come together in big enough numbers to shape the message, then I would fully agree with you. Sure, people could turn the tide. But when you’re trying to get out a very nuanced message through a narrative filter controlled by the MSM, it gets really hard. It’s just like with #GamerGate — even though we were all right about the corruption, the average plebeian still thinks it’s a harassment campaign due to the MSM’s narrative filter.

          it’s late at night and I’m stressed and I’m tired and I just want to play some video games without worrying about them being censored just- fucking hell…

          Dude, I totally understand. But don’t stress out over it. We knew coming in this was going to be a long game. Chipaway damage is still damage. Don’t let it get to you. Play the long game. Pick and choose your shots and make them count.

          Does it suck that Acquire had to self-censor? Sure. But don’t let these small steps back ruin the bigger effort in the fight against censorship. It may take a while, but the giant will topple eventually.

          • If not before release, during release; if not during release, after release. They would have found it.

            And we should be there to tell them otherwise.

            what are the odds that we could get normies to understand the context of
            the reference over the loud shouting from MSM yelling “racism! NAZIS!
            THE NAZIS ARE COMING!”?

            It has to start with your friends. I managed to inform them on Fire Emblem’s situation.

            I wish it did, and it should count. But dang, our PC culture can’t take a joke these days.

            And that’s why I hate this. To “save face”, they alienated fans of their work like myself. Now I can’t trust them fully anymore.

            It’s just like with #GamerGate — even though we were all right about
            the corruption, the average plebeian still thinks it’s a harassment
            campaign due to the MSM’s narrative filter.

            I’ve had very different responses. Every normie friend I have hasn’t got a clue what GamerGate is, at all. But that’s just me.

            Does it suck that Acquire had to self-censor? Sure. But don’t let these
            small steps back ruin the bigger effort in the fight against censorship.
            It may take a while, but the giant will topple eventually.

            It’s not just this. News came out suggesting Tekken 7 might have removed Roger Jr because of animal activists potentially coming after the game, and then I was digging into the reason the new Fire Emblem won’t have Japanese audio. I was doing this while trying to work on an assignment, and I just ended up getting really stressed and upset (doing this at 4 AM didn’t help, either).

  • fighting against anti-censorship from the shadows

    Um…

  • Ax

    If XSEED loses Tom they are done for, to me at least, he is the only localizer that i know of that is COMPLETELY opposed to any form of censorship especially the “to not offend people” type.

  • Ax

    If XSEED loses Tom they are done for, to me at least, he is the only localizer that i know of that is COMPLETELY opposed to any form of censorship especially the “to not offend people” type.

  • Dreiko

    Xseed has enough good faith in me that I do not mind this issue too much. Hopefully the ninja localizer will keep doing his work from the shadows. KKK witches is indeed hilarious btw, since they have wizards and dragons in the KKK, it’s like, gender equal bigotry.

    The credits, while nice, don’t really mean much so to someone who cares about faithful translations in games weather their personal name is in or not shouldn’t matter at all.

  • Dreiko

    Xseed has enough good faith in me that I do not mind this issue too much. Hopefully the ninja localizer will keep doing his work from the shadows. KKK witches is indeed hilarious btw, since they have wizards and dragons in the KKK, it’s like, gender equal bigotry.

    The credits, while nice, don’t really mean much so to someone who cares about faithful translations in games weather their personal name is in or not shouldn’t matter at all.

    • mikebrand83

      KKK witches is indeed hilarious btw, since they have wizards and dragons in the KKK, it’s like, gender equal bigotry.

      Agreed, it was a huge missed opportunity.

      Should have kept it in, and when the SJWs whined about it, ask them “Why are you so offended by something that can only be interpreted by us as a parody on KKK ranks? Are you idiots closet KKK supporters?”

      • You’d need a Milo-tier marketer to pull it off, though. Most marketers aren’t that savvy or quick on the draw to turn controversy into sales. Rockstar used to be that way, but now they’re all corporate c*cksuckers.

        • Dreiko

          Doesn’t mafia 3 have the actual KKK in the game, though? That we even need a marketer in this case kinda feels absurd.

          • The KKK in that game were clearly marketed as evil, though. They even showed Lincoln going around killing them in the trailer.

            If you aren’t portraying the KKK as evil Nazis White Nationalist Supremacist, it’s gonna require a whole lot of explaining to get past the MSM and their rabid, mouth-foaming obsession with labeling any and everyone a Nazi.

    • mikebrand83

      KKK witches is indeed hilarious btw, since they have wizards and dragons in the KKK, it’s like, gender equal bigotry.

      Agreed, it was a huge missed opportunity.

      Should have kept it in, and when the SJWs whined about it, ask them “Why are you so offended by something that can only be interpreted by us as a parody on KKK ranks? Are you idiots closet KKK supporters?”

    • KKK witches is indeed hilarious btw, since they have wizards and dragons in the KKK, it’s like, gender equal bigotry.

      I do wonder if they had plans on playing up to that fact in the game had the reference stayed?

  • Disqusted

    I’d have left it as whatever the Japanese version has, and if possible, explained the reference somewhere. People need to stop censoring everything just because at some point in time there was some kind of relation to something that some people in specific places found offensive for whatever reason.

    People need to understand that the world is a big place, but many things (especially words/letters/acronyms/abbreviations) are often reused, interwoven, etcetra, often with completely different meaning. They also need to understand that every country has its own cultural references, memes, etc. Context is very important.

    The intent to offend is important, not whether something can be interpreted as offensive. Because there will always be the possibility of someone somewhere taking offense. Catering to that means we will eventually end up censoring EVERYTHING. What a pointless and ridiculous endeavor.

    Also, removing someone from the credits is bullying. Many complaints of that happening in the game industry. There’s no reason to have him removed if he did work on it.

    • and if possible, explained the reference somewhere

      Don’t think that’s going to really stop the SJWs from screaming NAZI KKK WHITE SUPREMACY though.

  • anopolis

    ugh….rock and a hardplace there…I can’t see that name being a good idea..ever…say we don’t live in a pc land where people constantly get sandy whohaws….i still would’ve passed on that idea. I’m all for not censoring,but if I had a character in my game called niggeroid or crackerass….no thanks…actually crackerass would be alright…as would “Racial J. Pejorative”…R.P. for short…

    • What if there was a character named Custard Umberbunch Nathanial (the) Third?

  • If anything, this just shows the ridiculous authoritarian power and control the Western mainstream games media has over the entire video games industry.

    Companies, developers, publishers and now localizers have to basically fear for their reputations, jobs and livelihoods if they try to even create/include something that is controversial and be associated with it.

    And these same SJW f**ktards are always the first to say: “we didn’t censor the game, the developer/publisher/localizer did, the creator has the right to edit his/her own material”. Yeah, absolutely nothing to do with the fear-mongering climate they’ve created and the potential bullying and lynch-mobbing towards anyone who doesn’t conform to their ideals.

  • Migi

    I wasn’t planning on buying the game anyway, And this just gives me more reason not too buy it.

  • Reven

    I’m a little more forgiving for a change in this kind of thing for one reason, XSeed is a small company, and a huge smear campaign would probably destroy their whole business. Their history from what I’ve seen of their games has been rather great for a translation/localization company, doing their best to keep the original messages intact but making them flow better in English script. (At least from my experience, which admittedly is limited) I would rather them avoid an attack campaign about something from this (because let’s face it, they WOULD get targeted if they left it in) than lose their entire business from the whiny assholes who bitch text all day every day instead of buying the game.

    • Pretty much my feelings on this as well. XSeed does a lot of good for gaming by being upfront and having a DGAF attitude for most things. I would hate to see them completely fall in under because retailers decided to stop stocking their games or they lost publishing rights on digital platforms due to a targeted harassment campaign by the media over a simple acronym.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    While I understand his point, couldn’t most of these changes be chalked up to localization rather than actual censorship? And i know there’s grey area, but still. This comes off to me as localization and I hate censorship.

    • Nah it’s censorship as they changed it inorder to not offend people.