You may recall the controversy that arose when a leaked video portraying mostly full frontal nudity in Heavy Rain hit the Internet.
Well, we maintain that it's the very epitome of tasteful but that didn't stop the rumors that the game might be censored in certain regions. These rumors began almost instantly after the video became public, and they really hit a peak when we heard Quantic Dream might be including an interactive, motion-captured sex scene. Of course, the developers are aware of this danger so they may actually censor their own game for the regions where such content could prove to be a problem for ratings boards. During a recent interview , the project's executive producer Guillaume de Fondaumiere says that although Heavy Rain is designed for the mature audience, the game will be tailored to adapt to guidelines all across the world. Said Fondaumiere:
"We wanted to have pretty much the same game everywhere, be it Europe, in the United States, or in Japan, of course, with slight adaptions…but I don't think the changes we made will make a big difference; those are real modular things. We felt the need to adapt the content to the culture."
This avoids clashes with the aforementioned ratings boards – ideally – but it might also annoy gamers in certain areas of the world. For our part, absolutely none of the game should be censored; it should simply carry a rating that indicates it's only for mature audiences, like any rated "R" movie. Of course, some ratings in other regions don't even go that high – they still think all games are for kids, apparently – so that's another problem. But anyway, it seems we'll keep running into this until the rest of the planet realizes that games have grown up.
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain