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Age of Conan: "Mistaken Censorship"
Posted: Wednesday February 6th, 2008 by

Yesterday it was reported that the US and German versions of Age of Conan would be censored to meet rating requirements. [ more info ] The German version will lose all excessive violence and Gore. The US version would be censored to remove nipples from female models. Amidst gamers crying foul, an update was released stating that the game had received an M rating from the ESRB with nipples intact; so, the US version of the game would not need to be censored after all.
Source: Age of Conan: Community Forums [ more info ]

I have come to accept the oddity that is US game rating system where naked bodies are considered to be "more mature" than ridiculous levels of violence and blood. So the initial reports of censored nipples in AoC didn't surprise me. The reversal was unexpected. Now if we could get politicians to stop blushing and giggling like ten year olds when it comes to the topic of "boobies", maybe we'll make some headway in the maturity department. Not to trivialize anything but they are "just" nipples.

Now, I know that some of the ladies in the crowd may well have cringed at the strip, and I apologize. But keep in mind that, despite the physical presence of a female in the comic, the nipples being snipped were technically digital. Still... sorry for any discomfort!

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