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League of Legends updates blocked by UK’s anti-porn filter – report

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 00:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

League of Legends fans have reported difficulties downloading updates for the game thanks to the UK’s new and apparently over-eager anti-porn filter.

According to a forum post, since the filter’s implementation the League of Legends patcher cannot access a couple of recent update files.

The problem, users theorise, is that these filenames quite innocently contain character combinations which inadvertently spell the word “sex”: “VarusExpirationTimer.luaobj” and “XerathMageChainsExtended.luaobj”.

Putting aside the headache-inducing question of why the word sex is blocked by an anti-porn filter given its multitudinous non-porn usages, this makes life pretty tricky for League of Legends players. Solutions from the community include having a friend download the whole patch for you, calling your ISP to opt-out of the filter or have the files whitelisted, and checking your router’s filter settings.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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22 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Fragpuss

    Once again, proof that so called protection only affects the legitimate people, as i’m in the uk and *does a quick google* yep lots of viewable porn right there

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Donest

    my classmate’s sister makes $87 hourly on the laptop . She has been out of a job for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18536 just working on the laptop for a few hours. go now,,,,,,,,,,,, http://x.co/3gQYS

    #3 8 months ago
  4. The_Red

    What the fuck? Is UK trying to imitate Iran with its Anti-porn filtering?

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Fragpuss

    @4 i hope not otherwise the americans will come over and bomb us!!

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Diingo

    Why isn’t there mass protest over this?

    People from the UK are so submissive, for once in your lives stand up to the political regime that’s trying to constrict your lives.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 It’s optional.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    @7, I thought it was opt-out? Forced upon you but then you have to go out of your way to remove it.

    I know politicians have been trying that for years in Australia, I don’t see the point. Monitor your own damn children or use one of the many porn filters that already exist. There’s just no excuse to make an internet filter government policy.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @8 The ability to opt-out of it still makes it an optional choice. Call up, ask to opt-out, problem solved. Five minutes out of your life.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. OwnedWhenStoned

    It’s bad enough here in Germany with the Kinderschutz asking for my PIN every time I change the channel on my damn cable.

    I don’t have any damn kids, why can’t I turn this off?

    Why should eveyone have to be affected by this just because some parents are useless?

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @9, Wouldn’t it make more sense to opt-in? That way it would truly be optional.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Diingo

    This is censorship. There are only a few circumstances where intervention is needed to censor, but for porn? Really? Something that humans do to make more humans to ensure our survival as a species?? The UK has become 100% Nanny State.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. The_Red

    @11
    That’s government for you. At least they are not charging for the “opt-out”. I know of a certain government that sells internet access at a very high price for low speed and THEN charges more for opting out (via VPN of all things).

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Gamoc

    I don’t care that it’s opt out, the filter is an incredibly stupid and misguided move. It’s Cameron looking to parents who don’t want to actually be parents to their children for votes and support.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. OwnedWhenStoned

    It should be opt in. All of these things should be.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    Yes it should. But it isn’t. And there are far more important things in the world to give a crap about than a filter than takes an insignificant portion of your life to remove and never think about again.

    Fuck, you’d think people would get upset about stuff they actually *matters*.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. YoungZer0

    I love that kind of hypocrisy.

    Talking about how other stuff out there actually matters more on a videogame site. Would’ve never expected something like this from you Micheal.

    This is pre-historic censorship you’d expect from a third world country, but not the UK. It’s an embarrassment for the entire country. And stuff like this actually matters, because it’s usually a preview of things to come. Aren’t they already censoring websites they deem ‘offensive’?

    #17 8 months ago
  18. OwnedWhenStoned

    @16 Actually, it’s more that this is the thin end of a very large and thick wedge. And that is important.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @17 “This is pre-historic censorship you’d expect from a third world country, but not the UK.”

    That comparison doesn’t really work when it’s not mandatory. The Great Firewall of China is. You don’t get a choice in that one.

    “Talking about how other stuff out there actually matters more on a videogame site. Would’ve never expected something like this from you Micheal.”

    There is a difference between having an opinion about something you enjoy and actually taking actions against things that matter. I don’t claim video games are more important than people.

    The media bending and manipulating news into needlessly overblown controversy is an issue. The UK government presenting impoverished people as lazy money pinchers is an issue. Politicians giving themselves pay rises while cutting benefits to people who need them is an issue.

    An internet filter that you can lift in a single phonecall and never think about again is not an issue.

    #19 8 months ago
  20. Gamoc

    Personally, I think the government censoring the internet by default is completely wrong and a ridiculous step back. As a grown adult I shouldn’t have to make a phone call to access adult content on my internet connection. If I did want to hide things there were plenty of options already in place that didn’t involve infringing an entire country’s rights because some parents aren’t fit for the job.

    #20 8 months ago
  21. Cobra951

    Holy crap. Don’t give the US any ideas, you thumb-sucking nanny state!

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Fragpuss

    @12 “but for porn? Really? Something that humans do to make more humans to ensure our survival as a species??”

    Don’t confuse porn with sex… i don’t think licking a girls anus causes procreation ;) but yes this censorship is utterly ridiculous and was prompted because of all the celebrity sex scandals that have come out… because you know… the internet was HUGE in the 60s, 70s, and 80s when most of the charges took place!

    #22 8 months ago

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