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Monster Monpiece publisher issues statement over western censorship

Thursday, 23rd 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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  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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Hcw87 +1

    #5 6 months 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 6 months ago