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Nintendo joins National Park Foundation for the White House Easter Egg Roll

Nintendo will bring along its fitness-oriented games when it joins the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, in attending the White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into…
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UK Charts: South Park – The Stick of Truth is top in class

South Park: The Stick of Truth may be censored on UK consoles, but that isn’t going to stop Brits from respecting its authoritah. The long-delayed RPG ousts Thief to debut in the top spot this week, and that’s Obsidian’s first UK No.1 since Fallout:…
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Hack Nedry’s Security System In This Jurassic Park Flash Game

Not all of Jurassic Park's iconic scenes include dinosaurs. One, which has been faithfully created online, involves hacking a computer.

You can check out the scene in question below, where Samuel L. Jackson's character tries to access the security system put in place by Wayne Knight's character.

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After watching the clip, you can try to hack the system yourself by heading here. It might just be the most accurate interactive representation of an element of Steven Spielberg's landmark film ever made. Make sure you try using the magic word after inputting your command – something Jackson's character never got a chance to do.

[Source: Jurassicsystems.com, via Geekologie, Polygon]

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Joystiq Weekly: Batman: Arkham Knight, our South Park review and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a “too long; didn’t read” of each week’s biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category’s top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren’t just for The Daily…
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South Park Creator Comments On Stick Of Truth Censorship

Show creator Matt Stone explains why Obsidian’s new RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth was censored across a number of global territories.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is easily one of the funniest games in the last several years. It's also one of the most offensive, which has lead a number of countries to censor certain sections of the game with descriptive text overlays.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Stone explained how he felt about the censorship, "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."

Stone went on to detail how he felt video game censorship was different than TV censorship:

"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."

You can check out the censored scenes for yourself in the American release of South Park: The Stick of Truth, which is out now. To help get you in the mood, here are five episodes of the show that we recommend watching before you start the game.

[Source: The Guardian via Polygon]

 

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Matt Stone isn't just a funny guy, he also seems well-spoken and intelligent. Some people might think it's unfortunate that the game was censored in other countries, but I think the fact that the team was able to make a joke out of these small cuts makes them funnier than the original content, so it's possible that Europe and Australia aren't receiving inferior versions.

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Joystiq Streams: Have ourselves a time with South Park: The Stick of Truth [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

South Park: The Stick of Truth could so easily have ended up as a sad casualty of the gaming business. Even from the outset, the odds were stacked against it. Obsidian is a talented developer but its games, particularly Alpha Protocol and Star Wars:…
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PSN Tuesday: Awesomenauts, Dead Nation on PS4, South Park on PS3

The PSN update this fine Tuesday includes Awesomenauts Assemble and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition for PS4, as well as South Park: The Stick of Truth, Master Reboot and NASCAR ’14 for PS3. Vita gets Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, and PS3 owners can…
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South Park: The Stick of Truth review: Come on down

Before video games, kids played pretend. They didn’t need a graphics card or CPU to show them a world of wonder and high fantasy. Get a long enough stick and, boom, you’re a wizard. Put up a tent and some cardboard in the backyard and you’ve got a…
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I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t let you see that scene in the South Park game

A leaked image shows what European console players see instead of the scenes censored out of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Clearly, Michaelangelo’s David is not impressed.

The text below (see the NSFW full image below the break) describes in blunt…
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South Park: The Stick of Truth to be censored in Europe

The upcoming South Park video game, based on Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s much-loved (and often reviled) comedy creation, will be censored for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The changes will only affect the console versions of the game, with the PC version unaffected by Ubisoft’s hacking and slashing.

Eric can't quite believe it either

According to Eurogamer, about seven scenes have been altered, each about twenty seconds long. These include a mini game in which the player receives an abortion, another mini game in which the player performs an abortion on Randy Marsh (??) and no less than five anal probing scenes. It is likely that the censorship is an attempt to ensure the title gets a release in Germany, a country which tends to have much harsher rules and regulations when it comes to video games.

At least Matt and Trey have had an input in the alterations, with the scenes being replaced by an image and descriptive text chosen by the duo. While this will likely appease most players, some fans may be left saying, “screw you-bisoft, I’m going home…”


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