PC Game by GT Interactive
Not cut by the BBFC but the UK release has been
irritatingly censored. Every time a charcter swears it is irritatingly bleeped out totally
spoiling the atmosphere of the game.
Apparently the distributors, GT Interactive asked the designers, Monolith USA, to
remove or bleep out the harsh language. They chose to bleep it out.
I wonder what the reasoning was behind the whole sorry episode?
PC game by Sales Curve Interactive
The BBFC took the view that
a competition in
which the player is rewarded for the hit-and-run killing of passive, indeed docile,
human-like figures was morally reprehensible and likely to encourage callousness towards
the suffering of others, The action replay facility in which the game stops while the
camera moves slowly round the bloody victimes only underlines the cynicism.
was therefore refused a certificate but the decision was overturned on appeal and the BBFC
had to award it an 18 certificate.
The 18 certificate version of the game was toned down by substituting green blooded
aliens for the humans but a software patch or 'Splat Pack' is now available via the
internet to restore the the red blooded humans.
PC role playing Game by Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Cut by the
BBFC with the following justification.
The player has to confront a trio of demonic children, digitally modelled on a
motion-capture sequence of real children pretending to bite and tear chunks of flesh from
the inner thigh of their supposed mother.The positioning of the shot with the heads of
children placed between the upraised legs of their mother had a sexualised quality which
seemed obscene in the meaning of the Obscene Publications Act, and this shot was removed.
|The Joy of Sex
CD-i educational software from Philips Interactive Media
mostly to the close ups of sex organs.
PC game from Sierra On-line
Cut by 68.5 Kbytes
- Heavy cuts were made to a scene in which a dominatrix was chained to a beam, slit with a
knife and electrocuted, leaving only a brief establishment shot as the killer enters the
room. Gone are shots of the victims feet covered in blood and then convulsing as are the
shots of her convulsing head.
- Bob's murder scene loses shots of a man's hand being stapled with a staple gun. Also
missing is the victim's mouth dripping blood as his chest is slashed.
Cut by the distributor prior to submission
Urban commando shoot-em-up
with an endless stream of hostile threats. In America, the games had episodes of what the
BBFC called crazed irresponsibility on the part of the gunman but these were cut for the
UK. The theme coupled with sounds of people screaming and groaning earned it an 18.
Playstation game from Virgin Interactive, 15 certificate
No cuts listed
by the BBFC but I heard the following:
Epic re-telling of the classic haunted house story contained a particularly unpleasant
intro showing its Japanese origins. The blend of severed limbs and graphic bloodletting
proved too much for the film censors, various cuts were made before the imposition of a 15
David W pointed out there was originally a scene where a zombie was feasting on a
human body and the head rolled into view, half eaten.. For whetever reason this did not
seem to make the final release.
|Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll
Game from Sensible Software
Shelved due to the fear of BBFC cuts and
the resulting cost of rescheduling and resubmitting.
The highly inventive and polished game, follows the rise to rock stardom of Nigel
Staniforth-Smythe with his band Magic. Dealing with subject matter akin to the average
rock star, as Nigel, with the aid of the player, takes part in the everyday routine of
snorting coke, shaging groupies and last but not least singing. Featuring huge amounts of
foul language and some rather smutty animations, the game was surely destined to become a
classic. Yet having poured vast amounts of cash into the developemnt of the game, which
featured 40 original tunes, six three minute pop promos, the distribution rights were put
up for the highest bidder. Alas due to the current censorship climate, there were no
|Sexual Fantasy Disc 1
Interactive CD-ROM (Paul Raymond Publications)According to the BBFC it has been cut
by optical alteration.
What this actually means is that little black circles mask the
rude bits in pictures that are printed in full in the Paul Raymond magazines. The still
pictures are legal in high street magazines and yet you can't view them on PC. The BBFC
clearly are censoring pictures without legal reason and that seems to be an abuse of the
power afforded to them.
|Sexual Fantasy Disc 2
Interactive CD-ROM (Paul Raymond Publications)
by 39 Mbytes
|Skin Two CD-ROM
CD_ROM from Skin Two, 18 certificate
A film clip and 2
photos were removed all showing images of women in bondage.
Game from Telstar Media, 15 certificate
No cuts listed by the BBFC but
chainsticks have been removed anyway.
There is also a scene at the start where Sophitia puts her hands on her breasts to
cover her self up from the water god. In the UK version she is wearing a swim suit.
Game self censored and shelved by Electronic Arts
an article in STATION magazine by James Gale.
The release of Paradox's Thrill Kill began a new chapter in the journal of software
censorship. The rights to this excessively violent multi-player beat-'em-up find the gore
drenched palms of Resident Evil distributor, Virgin. No strangers to the controversy, and
foreseeing possible hold ups by the censor, they wisely summitted a early build for
Bizarrely the manic blend of leather clad nurse, midgets, armless mental patients,
S&M freaks, severed limbs and gallons of gore, where ignored. Obviously acknowledging
the tongue in cheek nature of the action, the only cuts required to the game for it to
receive an 18 rating where rather ironically audio and not visual. The screams of ecstasy
delivered by the female lead when killing a foe, which were admittedly in poor taste.
Their removal having absolutely no detrimental effect upon the gameplay, or the most
importantly the enjoyment of the game itself.
Signed to make an appearance upon STATION's cover, an indication of our hopes for the
game, the rights were abruptly acquired by Electronic Arts, and after viewing the title,
Thrill Kill was instantly dropped from their release schedule. Believing this highly
entertaining piece of nastiness, ill fitting with their usual out-put, yet in all honesty
it is far more likely that we will embark upon a mad killing spree if we are forced to
endure yet another Madden update.
|Thunder in Paradise: The MAJOR & the MINOR
CD-i game from Philips Interactive Media
The BBFC hatred of chainsticks
even extends to computer games where the offending weapon had to be cut.
Magazine CDROM (Media Ventures Group)
Cut by 32 Kbytes
Magazine CDROM (Media Ventures Group)