Sometimes, only after a game has released is some content found to be too offensive or inappropriate.
It doesn’t happen all that often, but once the naughtiness is found it has to be dealt with quickly – bad PR or a slap on the wrist from the likes of PEGI or ESRB is never helpful to sales, after all. But, you want some examples to sate your curiosity, don’t you?
Here are 7 games that were censored for some reason or another after being released.
1House Party – Penis Escapades
Eek! Games’ House Party isn’t even out of Early Access on Steam yet, but it still found itself on the receiving end of Valve’s ire.
You see, House Party is a game in which you can whip your penis out on command and even stimulate it if you so desire, complete with a happy ending. While that might bring pleasure to you, the guests at the house party you’ve crashed might not be so happy about it, however.
House Party originally released with its sexual content uncensored, allowing you to expose your member and engage in depraved acts without any pixellation obscuring the action. Now it is censored, however, making it less offensive so that it can remain on the Steam store. For those that want all the smut, though, there is a workaround so that you still play the uncensored version via Steam.
Featuring sex, nudity, violence and a bucketload of humour, House Party is essentially a point and click adventure game for the modern day gamer. There are many characters, each with their own quests to complete, and when you’re done playing though the preset story you can create your own, too.
If you like adventure games with a side order of smut, you might just want to check out House Party.
2Watch Dogs 2 – Troublesome Vaginas
Watch Dogs 2 is a tremendous game. When it first launched, however, it caused quite a stir because of many of its female NPCs exposing their lady gardens.
The troublesome vaginas came to many gamers’ attention when discovered by a PlayStation user who shared a shocking sight via the PS4’s screenshot feature. Banned from Sony’s online services for a month as a result, he took to Neogaf to discuss the whole sordid affair and then events escalated from there, with many major gaming websites then covering the story.
Ubisoft was quick to apologise for the offending content and pushed a patch live shortly after the launch of the game. While vaginas are no longer visible in Watch Dogs 2, however, there’s still plenty of nudity if you happen to come across the game’s nudist reserve.
3Virtual Reality Girls – Would You Like Me to Lap Dance For You?
Developed by ErosVR, Virtual Reality Girls originally launched as an ‘adult’ VR game in which you could enjoy a private lap dance from a range of ladies in multiple environments. As the ladies in question were mostly completely nude, however, Valve quickly removed it from the Steam store on the grounds that it was porn.
Whether it was porn or not remains up for debate, but the only way ErosVR could get the game back onto the store was to censor it, and so it did.
Upon its return to the Steam store, purchasers of Virtual Reality Girls found that its ladies’ private parts were now pixellated, and as you can imagine, they weren’t entirely happy. They could still get a private VR lap dance with a model that had all her personal areas appropriately covered up, though.
Since the release of Virtual Reality Girls on the 25th November ErosVR has released a follow up too, imaginatively titled Virtual Reality Girls 2. Featuring luxury cars and expensive locations alongside its private dancers, it aims to give you the experience of being a millionaire, apparently.
4Hitman 2: Silent Assassin – Sikh Trouble
This one’s an oldie.
Way back in 2002 Hitman 2: Silent Assassin was released, but references to a magnificent, ancient Gurdwara landed it in trouble.
A Gurdwara is a Sikh temple, you see, and the one in Hitman 2 was claimed to have quite a resemblance to the Golden Temple in Amritsar in India. That itself wasn’t the main issue though – it was the fact that you were sent there to kill.
Developer IO Interactive was quick to apologise to the Sikh community for any offence it had caused and quickly took action to remove any content that could be deemed offensive. Strangely though, it is said that the GOG version of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is uncensored.
5Destiny 2 – Don’t Hate On The Gauntlet
Destiny 2 developer Bungie found itself in hot water when one user discovered that a legendary gauntlet in the game, Road Complex AA1, featured a symbol that closely resembled that of a hate group.
The symbol, which when rotated 90 degrees consists of four straight white horizontal lines surrounded by two grey K’s and I’s, looks very similar to the logo of the white nationalist movement know as Kek. Obviously the symbol was removed with haste when Bungie was alerted of the similarity.
Bungie also went on to investigate how the offending symbol made it into the game in the first place, the result of which you can find in their blog post here.
6Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Yeah, you too, Inkgirl!
When Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released on Nintendo Switch in April last year, no one could have anticipated that an arm gesture within it would cause a stir, especially one performed by Inkgirl. That’s exactly what happened, however.
By pumping her arm, complete with clenched fist, while placing her other hand on her bicep, she performed a gesture that’s considered rude in countries such as Spain, France and Portugal, though its meaning varies.
To some the gesture is comparable to being given the middle finger, but others liken it to an obscene sexual act being performed on someone’s mother. Naughty Inkgirl! Suffice to say, the gesture was quickly patched out by Nintendo.
7Mario Party 8 – Bad Train
Of all the games out there that could possibly cause offence, you wouldn’t expect it to be an entry in the Mario Party series, would you? Enter, Mario Party 8.
In the UK, Mario Party 8 got in trouble for its use of the word spastic, though it appeared to be quite an innocent mistake to be honest.
One scene featuring a MagiKoopa on a train contained the line ” Turn the train spastic!”, which we imagine is simply a translation error rather than anyone intending to offend. Regardless, the damage was done and the game was recalled, with new copies having the word ‘spastic’ replaced with ‘erratic’.