Homefront cuts everyone's favourite cuddly dictator Kim Jong II from its Japanese version

Kim Jong-il. What a guy, eh? If he's not banning North Koreans from using the internet, he's changing his country's constitution so that he's referred to as the Supreme Leader. The second most evil puppet in the history of guys sticking their hands up Muppets asses (after Big Bird, of course) doesn't always get his own way, though. Why, just this week the dictator has seen himself cut from the Japanese version of THQ's upcoming shooter Homefront.

In the Western version of the fictionalised shooter, Kim Jong-il has died, leaving his son Kim Jong-un to rule North Korea… and invade the shit out of the States. The opening cutscene shows a newspaper detailing the dictator’s death, while footage of a hearse can then be seen at his funeral.

In the Japanese version, however, the clip of the paper has been removed and the video of the funeral no longer includes a voice-over saying “… the Great Leader’s hearse is approaching.” These are just a small example of a raft of changes Spike (the publisher of the game in Japan) has had to make to secure the game’s release.

Other changes include all references to Kim Jong-il being altered to “Northern Leader” and the country itself being labelled as “A Certain Country to the North”. Though Japan does not support the North Korean regime, the two nations are neighbouring countries. With relations already in the rockiest of places, the Japanese rating board forced Spike to make the alterations. The publisher has since explained the changes: “To use their real names would have been "malicious" to an "existing person" and an "existing country".

It’s been quite the 12 months for digital versions of dictators, eh? It seems like only yesterday we were introducing Black Ops’ version of Castro to the business end of our democracy-enforcing make-believe bullets.

Source:Eurogamervia Andriasang

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  • Darkhawk - February 14, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    @UberNoob: "A certain country from the North" is clearly a reference to the Great Red White and, er Red. My hockey stick is being sharpened as we speak.
  • jmcgrotty - February 8, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    God, quit being so sensitive. No one should have any problem with anyone being virtually killed in a game (be it someone from the past or as current as Obama and Mubarak). It's a freaking game. Grow up, people. Hell, add me to a game if want. I'll volunteer to be a one hit kill.
  • UberNoob - February 7, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Hmm, whats up with all the Canada jokes (there funny though)? Just curious o.O
  • tacoman38 - February 7, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Canada does have lumberjacks and polar bears. Better get the troops moving.
  • kyle94 - February 7, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Wait, I don't get this. According to the trailer, North Korea basically forces Japan to surrender. Sounds to me that they're not removing that part, they're just removing the names of North Korea or anything else. It would make more sense if they went with the Korean reason, which is basically "If it mentions any war between North and South Korea, or the old or a new Korean War, it can't be sold here." I can kind of understand that. *sigh* Japan is weird.
  • Sharkbot - February 7, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    But that game is totally fictional, being as Canada would be crushed just trying to get to our border.
  • lewis42025 - February 7, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    @EliaKimTheGigas wow, i never really thought about it like that... i definitely wouldn't play a game where we had to assassinate Barack Obama or something like that. well, I'd at least have to have a DAMN good reason to do so. like all of a sudden he turned into a loathsome person who drowns kittens and burns copies of Okami for daily chuckles...and gave half of our U.S. budget to Activision. yeah, then i'd HAVE to kill him
  • doominatorx6 - February 7, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    I remember reading somewhere that their version of Homefront has the antagonists as the Canadians. That's what they get for making fun of the way we say "aboot!"
  • Darkhawk - February 7, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    I'm so glad they turned Canada into the villains. We rarely get our due in video games.
  • EliaKimTheGigas - February 7, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    I've always wondered, how would we feel if another country made a game where an objective was to shoot the President or the Prime Minister like Black Ops where you snuff Fidel Castro (look alike or not, still you were supposed to kill him and it looked just like him). Not really sure I'd play that...hmmmm
  • skeletalbutton - February 7, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    I am surprisingly excited for this game.
  • keefster - February 7, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    Haha, very funny elitemonkey...
  • matt101matt - February 7, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Hey it's about time we got some news! Hmm way to pick on the little guy (or is he grown up now?). I think they should rename them for the sake of not provoking others (Korea!).
  • EliteM0nk3y - February 7, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    If you go to Kotaku and read their thing on this, they interpret it as being Canada who invades the US. HeHe watch out US we are coming with our hockey sticks!
  • HarryBalls - February 7, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    Love the team america article subtitle, Dave.
  • WillisTron - February 7, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    I'm excited for this game

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