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South Park: Stick of Truth censorship “does feel like a double standard,” says Matt Stone

Friday, 7th March 2014 10:38 GMT By Dave Cook

South Park: The Stick of Truth has been censored in a few regions, and in a new interview, show co-creator Matt Stone has discussed the issue, admitting that it, “does feel like a double standard.”

Have no idea what we’re talking about? Check out the censored South Park: Stick of Truth anal probe scene here.

Speaking with the Guardian, Stone said, “It does feel like a double standard, a little bit. We weren’t willing to change the content, but also it doesn’t ruin the game – it’s like 40 seconds’ worth of the whole game. As long as we could make a joke out of the fact that they made us cut this, that was fine.

When asked if people perhaps approach taboo and mature subjects differently in a game than on television, Stone replied, “There is an interactiveness that makes it different. In movies and television you can do stuff that’s morally grey very easily, because you get to show consequences, you get to show reward, but in a video game there’s a reason why everything is a Nazi, zombie, or alien – these are pretty clear moral choices.

“There are things that make people more uncomfortable in an interactive world, definitely. But that said, what we had in the game, we could have shown that on TV pretty easily, especially now.”

What do you make of the censored scenes? Let us know below.

Via Kotaku.

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17 Comments

  1. Fin

    There has to be censorship at some level, I’m alright with it starting with anal probes.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. The_Red

    @Fin And I’m absolutely not fun with that starting with anal probes. If that’s the case, why not just ban / censor the whole South Park thing? Why not go to a muslim country like Iran and have kissing censored?

    #2 5 months ago
  3. CPC_RedDawn

    Are people dumb or just plain blind???

    This a marketing scheme to get people talking about the game in this case with how “censored” it is.

    A film being censored means the film creates buzz and want to know what was cut which makes them want to go see the movie more. It was proven in the late 70′s and early 80′s with the “video nasties” debacle thanks to the late Maggie Thatcher.

    The same can be said for games too, look at how Mortal Kombat exploded when people heard about its gory content and the fact that it was being banned and censored meant people wanted to see for themselves what the fuss was about.

    Now I am not saying South Park TSOT is a bad game, I have yet to play it my self. But its still plainly obvious that this has in no way been negative for the game.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. Fin

    @The_Red

    So where would you start?

    #4 5 months ago
  5. heyvc

    I played the scene and it is funny,,, very funny.. It is what you expect from a southpark game. Your character relates with cartman from the first episode of the show with this scene and also randy… hahahahaha. The game is already for M (Mature) and if you buy the game you KNOW it is south park and how they Humor works… you shouldn’t be bothered with the scene. I understand the censorship if people think it is too much but I don’t get this people.. It is how the show is, if is funny in the show… it is funny.. WAYYYY funnier in the game… hahahahahhaha too funny.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. _LarZen_

    It just shows again that gaming is not mature even in 2014. When a cartoon made for adults is accepted but the same thing in a game is censored to shield adult paying costumers you know something is wrong.

    I’m glad the PC version is not censored. If it had been I would have boycotted the game.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. silkvg247

    @Fin strongly, strongly, STRONGLY disagree. For the adult human being, there should be no censorship. It shouldn’t be a thing that even needs to exist. If something offends you, don’t buy it, don’t view it. Not hard.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. The_Red

    @Fin Child pornography and depiction of real rape / torture.
    That’s it. Anything outside of those should be free as long as it’s fantasy and not real.
    The artists should be free to express themselves however they want, regardless of inappropriateness or offensiveness.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. Arnvidr

    I’ve read (too) many articles about this censoring now, but I still have no idea *why* this was censored in PAL regions on consoles, but not in NA, and not on PC. It baffles the mind.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Fin

    @The_Red @silkvg247

    Right, so ye’d both be ok with a game set in the South in the 1960s, where the objective is to lynch as many black people as possible?
    Or a game where you play as Brevik, going round an island shooting teenagers?

    Legitimate question.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. Dazby

    @Fin

    The difference in your example is that I would be making the decision whether to play those games, not some one else on my behalf.

    #11 5 months ago
  12. JB

    Fuck censorship in any form and for whatever reason – period. Other people shouldn`t decide what I can see, hear, read or watch.

    Put warnings up and let me decide.

    #12 5 months ago
  13. Druined

    This game is just awesome. I can’t sotp laughing xD

    #13 5 months ago
  14. The Dude

    @Fin Actually, here’s a better question: Where would it end?

    #14 5 months ago
  15. heyvc

    @Druined Never laughed this much with a videogame.

    #15 5 months ago
  16. TheWulf

    I have weird feelings about this. I don’t like censorship, but I will be correctly disgusted by certain things. For example — if a game takes the piss out of gay people but never straight people? That will annoy me. Or, if a game takes the piss out of just gay people and no one calls the character on how repugnant that is, it’ll annoy me.

    Why is gaming more censored than film or television? Well, to cite the obvious reason that anyone citing this gets flamed for (like a billion monkeys flinging lit poop), is that the way gaming handles this is less regulated than on television and film. Whereas those mediums have learned to either be completely equal, or have learned to have a character who calls someone on their repugnant shit (even Southpark has this, seriously, watch the show).

    The difference with video games is that they expect the player, the person, to be able to understand what should be socially, culturally, and/or societally repugnant due to obvious ethical reasons. However, self-management doesn’t always occur, it rarely does, and this is even less common with younger people. So, instead, you get acclimatised to horrible things with no foil, no counter-opinion.

    Like, in the South Park show, Kyle is often a foil to Cartman’s offensiveness. Is that the case in the game? The funny thing is is that, yes, it probably is! In fact, I’d readily believe that to be the case because the game is so similar to the show. But publishers are so used to getting in trouble for not having things in place that television and film does that they’ll often jump on the censorship button to avoid being sued.

    That’s an unfortunate reality, but if you’re trying to understand the problem, that’s all I can offer. I can think of many a time in some games where I’ve thought to myself ‘this is usually where someone will pipe up and say how sick this is, huh, I guess I have to do that myself.’ The problem there is that not everyone will, some people will have very, very negative, psychopathic views and they won’t ever be chided for them.

    So, if, for example a game character does something racist and the player doesn’t want to stand against that? Then the racist remark will just pass under the bridge. I remember raising an eyebrow at that in The Walking Dead, how there were some racist remarks aimed at the player character which said character won’t respond to unless you prompted him to. Which was, honestly, kind of odd.

    I’m used to that sort of thing, though, at this point. But it’s also why games can be more heavily censored, because games appear to be supporting very offensive subject matter. Like, for example, The Walking Dead could be seen as supporting racist sentiments if you don’t react negatively to them.

    The thing is, yes, you’re supposed to react negatively to the racist sentiments in TWD, but that that doesn’t always happen automatically means that the game can come across as more pro-racist than a television show or film. And this might be why censorship committees feel the need to be harder on games.

    I’m not saying anything for or against this, I’m just trying to explain why games have more problems with this than other mediums. It’s because if you put the player in charge of reacting to things, that reaction may never occur. I mean, consider someone unfamiliar with games watching TWD if your character never responds to the racist remarks. Just think about that.

    #16 5 months ago
  17. HogsofWar

    @Arnvidr

    This. First of all, why censor a 18+ game? And why only censor it on some platforms? I live in Denmark with censored console versions and uncensored PC version. That doesn’t make any sense, other than marketing ofc.

    #17 5 months ago

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