@ApollosAmour said in If they lift the censorship and height restriction I will quit the game!:
@Miraglyth The recent Polygon interviews: https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/8/30/21406035/how-sega-took-eight-years-to-bring-phantasy-star-online-2-west
I saw those. They were linked by the @play_pso2 Twitter after all.
But... that doesn't answer my question in the slightest. That interview doesn't discuss any content changes besides branding collaborations with convenience stores given as an example. The question for that one started with the line "Is there any content that you had to adjust for the Western release?" but that part of it was very much not answered and no part of the answer said "We are the only party deciding what is included" as has been alleged in this topic.
@Gamers-are-so-oppressed said in If they lift the censorship and height restriction I will quit the game!:
"Safety Measures" does this not fall into the censorship umbrella?
By the dictionary definition of censorship? Perhaps? The fact that you call it an umbrella though should highlight that it covers multiple different forms and it's the difference that matters here.
Everyone knows precisely why Electric Soldier Porygon was banned in Japan and never attempted to be aired or sold anywhere else ever again. And it's incredibly rare to find anyone complaining about that, because the reasoning behind those moves had weight (unfortunately aided by the consequences being known) and basically everyone understood and agreed with them. The removal, censorship, or whatever you call it, had real and demonstrable benefit.
(If anyone is unaware: It broadcast full-screen rapid flashing of primary colours, causing several hundred children to be hospitalised from photosensitive seizures.)
For both the height slider (and if the maximum height limitation was reverted, when did that happen and how come players didn't hear they could?) and the altered or deleted scenes, we don't know why. We can make educated guesses but ultimately we can only expect that either someone with some significance to the game's publishing demanded their removal or they simply made the changes either out of anticipation or fear of that demand.
The fact that the other quote I replied to in this post makes a seemingly incorrect conclusion about this reasoning should also demonstrate how little we know.
The other side of the coin is, without knowing, we cannot understand what the benefit of the changes is. If any, it is unlikely to be for health reasons. But that doesn't mean some of us won't be able to accept them. We just need to know what they are to be able to do that, you know?