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Nanami Now Naked

December 11th, 2009, by zalas
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After some internal discussion, MangaGamer has now stated that they intend to keep the CGs intact on their release of Soul Link. Furthermore, Satoko’s naked sprite in one scene of Higurashi When They Cry will no longer be replaced with one where she is wearing a towel. Lastly, MangaGamer states that they hope to not alter games in the future, citing “Freedom of Speech” and the fact that their customers are adults and can make a decision on their own about whether to place themselves at risk or not, although “it is impossible to say there will not come a time when [they] are forced to censor content in a game.” While the ability to make to decision as adults is a strong argument in favor of MangaGamer’s reversal, freedom of speech is not fully legally enforced in all countries to which MangaGamer sells games.


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  1. dsp2003 Says:
    December 11th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!!! ^3^ We’ve won the battle. Now prepare for teh war… >_<

  2. relentlessflame Says:
    December 11th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Regarding the last cautionary statement, it’s rather difficult to build a corporate policy that tries to reflect to the lowest common denominator of attitudes around the entire world, especially in this sort of business. It would be one thing if they actually had a storefront presence in certain countries or were trying to sell through existing retailers, but they’re selling games over the Internet to everyone at once. Given the rapidly-changing political climate, I think a “buyer beware” policy is the only thing that can be realistically sustained without driving yourself and your customers mad. The only other option would be to offer two different versions and allow the customer to choose, I suppose, although this would certainly come at a price.

  3. Anonymous Says:
    December 11th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    relentlessflame, as to that, from the staff blog

    Some random person
    “as long as it is not declared as illegal it shouldn’t be removed.

    any way, considering the local laws, of the countries, your customers reside in. Is there a chance a producing 2 version of the titles. One that include all images and a second that remove all lolis. This will let the individual worry about his/her own local law and decide for themselves which version to get (UK and Philippines).

    note, removing the CGs from the titles is censorship, on the other hand, *ALLOWING* the customer to get a version that remove the loli CGs is *NOT* censorship, but a move to help your customers enjoy the title while not worrying about falling foul of his/her local law.”

    kouryuu’s answer

    “I did mention this idea to the company during our discussion and there was support for it, but in the end we felt it was more important to ensure these games are released uncensored than to develop a system to handle releasing dual versions at the present time. Specifically, we knew that we would not be able to develop such a system and still release Higurashi on time. However, this is an option we may consider in the future since we do hope to sell our products to all English speaking fans.”

  4. relentlessflame Says:
    December 11th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Yeah, their logic makes sense. It’s better at this point just to get the products out the door while the (artificial?) interest is there. The dual-release method is something they can keep pondering for their future releases assuming the political culture remains unchanged (or continues to worsen).

    All that aside, I think it’s pretty typical that all the outrage is mostly surrounding a game that isn’t likely to sell very well anyway. This became a fight about “principle”, and may have given the company a false expectation that there was a large demand for this product. Still though, if it weren’t for this controversy, I wonder if people would have even cared that Soul Link was being released in English? I guess we’ll never know…

  5. stranger Says:
    December 12th, 2009 at 6:24 am

    there were clear indication that the title won’t sale that well if it is censored, but because it is now uncensored it doesn’t mean it will break sale records, it just mean it will sale better than it would, had it been censored.

    either way, this issue have created awareness about the existence of MG due to the flame wars that started all over the place. If you look at there site now… some of their “other titles” have been selling well since the flame wars started.

    flame wars = free advertisement?

  6. relentlessflame Says:
    December 12th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I’m not sure if any of the indications were actually “clear”; they were anecdotal. The proposed censorship got some people riled up, and some people claimed that they wouldn’t buy the game (or other MG games) because of it. I guess we can only take people at their word. That being said, you’re right that they managed to turn this into a bit of a PR opportunity for them in the end, which is good for them. I highly doubt they ever intended for things to turn out this way, but as they say, “when life hands you lemons…”

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