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Monster Monpiece publisher issues statement over western censorship

Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Monster Monpiece publisher Idea Factory International recently confirmed that its card-battling RPG is coming west. It sees players using the PS Vita’s touch screen to rub cards of girls to remove their clothes and level them up. As a precautionary measure, some of the more graphic cards have been cut, and the firm has issued a statement on the matter.

We covered the Monster Monpiece western reveal through the link, along with a trailer.

The statement begins, “Monster Monpiece is a card battle game, in which players summon various ‘Monster Girls’ onto the game’s battlefields and then fight their opponents. These cards—meaning the ‘Monster Girls’ —are able to be powered up by exposing themselves (taking off their clothes) via the level-up features called First Crush Rub and Extreme Love.

“We kept the same number of cards in the game as the original Japanese version, but replaced some of the higher level Monster Girl images with the “less exposed” lower level versions of the corresponding Monster Girls due to some intense sexual imagery. The number of censored cards is about 40 out of the approximately 350 card images available in the game. This means that over 300 cards are left untouched from the original images.”

However, Compile Heart added that it was a “difficult decision,” as the studio wanted to offer western gamers the same content found in Japan. It added, “Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved—especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age.

“The borderline of what is ‘acceptable’ will always be extremely gray and vary from person to person, but as a responsible company working in the U.S., we had to make the difficult decision that we did. We sincerely apologize for those who do not agree with any level of censorship, but we greatly appreciate your understanding with the decision we have made.”

What do you make of the censorship issue? Let us know below.

Via AGB.

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6 Comments

  1. Dragon

    Cannot wait to hear more mature comments from mature guys on this thread.

    We needed some more images though, just to blow some mature heads. :lol:

    Although I will change my stance a bit on censorship. Clearly, in order to get a T rating and (supposedly) a wider audience, it was required.
    However, like in many movies, I hope such games also have an “uncut” release too (with probably higher rating). That will be satisfactory to all parties.

    Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved—especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age.
    Yup. Too bad the feelings of tolerance aren’t reciprocated by teh mature guys.

    The borderline of what is ‘acceptable’ will always be extremely gray and vary from person to person, but as a responsible company working in the U.S., we had to make the difficult decision that we did. We sincerely apologize for those who do not agree with any level of censorship, but we greatly appreciate your understanding with the decision we have made.
    +1. However, as I said, multiple versions with different rating could have satisfied all parties.
    Great point about such perceptions vary from person to person. Its just sad how some people just feel their perception is just better.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Hcw87

    ”Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved—especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age.”

    Why the fuck should we be? Why can’t they use girls that actually look old enough to do these things to?

    Anyone furiously defending this makes me sick.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. absolutezero

    No one aside from :

    1. Compile Heart fans
    2. Monster girl fans
    3. Card battler game fans
    and 4. Niche Japanese game fans

    is going to have any interest in this game in the first place. If they had left the game as is no one would have batted an eyelid and it would have been released to a bunch of confirmed sales.

    Now? Well now you’ve made the decision to self-censor something, which is the one direct way to raise the ire of your target audience. Far less of that demented few are going to buy this because its not the complete version of the game.

    It also makes me laugh that the EU age rating is 12+ and the US one is M.

    (Just so you can make up your own mind about what they removed and if it was worth doing in the first place in a game as niche and weird as this have a look at some of them : http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/04/1390469439-monster-monpiece-censored.jpg )

    #3 1 year ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    I don’t own a Vita, so couldn’t play the game anyway (so, I have no pre-held notion for/against this title.) But a repeat of the tired reasoning:
    “Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved—especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age.” (the part following “especially” added for effect?)

    I roll my eyes when I see this, in general. Simply because, it just strikes me as too much of a self-fulfilling situation. Western culture is not accepting, because western society is largely unfamiliar, so western culture is not accepting – once someone has the audacity to introduce concepts with which it is not familiar! If there’s no audience for something, of course an advertiser, or a commissioning executive, they’re going to bear that in mind; but how tested is that. (the BBFC regulations – and I mention those here because of the way that classification functions – measures its view on the appropriateness of material against the acceptance of the audience that would view/experience the content it’s contained within…
    That’s responsible. They review and revise past ratings decisions, and reclassify if appropriate. They serve the wider society that their jurisdiction oversees. (PEGI can’t say the same, but that is another discussion, altogether!) What the BBFC don’t do is hermetically seal the culture of the populous behind silly pictures.

    Anyway. If we consider the link AZ helpfully provided, I can see one questionable image, there. the same image that I would deem not suitable (especially given the level-up mechanic the game uses) – Pegasus. Mau Shiba is also what I’d consider not suitable for sale, given the valid concerns expressed, it’s not difficult to see that generating controversy/disgust. While Pegasus probably does need redrawing, Mau could be made acceptable simply by trailing her long pigtails over her chest. You don’t cost the artist’s intent by such an action, but you still leave it appreciable, and acceptable to a broad audience.

    Even if I do also see AZ’s point, that in altering aspects you can risk segmenting the possible share of an already undeniably niche audience. A bind, maybe. But one that publisher’s must continue to grapple with, if more varied and diverse games are to be made available (and developers with less pedestrian game suggestions (even something like a Deadly Premonition/No More Heroes) are not going to be deterred from trying to bring their games to the widest possible audience. I think it better if the audience could be initially receptive, at least until the horror actually surfaces! :p

    #4 1 year ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Hcw87 +1

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fearmonkey

    Stuff like this is not surprising considering that the federal legal age of consent in Japan is 13 years old….yikes…

    #6 1 year ago

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    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]