doesn't get Saints Row: The Third until a couple of days after the
game's American release, but testy authorities have already ordered
one prominent cut to the game's weaponry, neutering the game's
Penetrator. If that name conjures images of an outsized, weaponized
phallus, you're bang on the money – except in Japan, where
developers have been forced to make the weapon a little bit more SFW.
Which, by the way, the next image probably ain't, so if you're at
work you might not want to read the rest of this decidedly NSFW post.
players will get to swing the veiny monstrosity above when Saints
Row: The Third's released next week, but Japan's version strips out
the fine-grained anatomical detail, scaling the implement down from
“gleefully obscene” to merely “vaguely objectionable.” The
club's suggestive bendiness (or flacidness) is also removed, though it's hard to say
the idea of a fleshy, rock-solid smacking implement doesn't at least
strongly hint at the weapon's origins.
Above: Yeah, nothing dickish going on here
up,” every single person in the world's saying, “Japan's where
that tentacle manga comes from, how can they have a problem with
this?” Experts on the intricacies of Japanese censorship – of
whom you surely know several – will explain that
cartoon depictions of freaky octo-demon sex are one of the ways
producers have traditionally gotten around the letter of the law,
which forbids “depiction of genital parts” but not “depiction
of things that do everything genital parts do except the
looking-exactly-like-junk bit.” Being as Saints Row: The Third
looks to have no shortage of amusingly phallic-looking things used to
amusingly phallic effect, we're sure Japanese players will deal with
this minor emasculation.
Source: Game Informer