Which Saints Row: The Third weapon is getting de-veined for Japan? (hint: it's the dildo)

Japan 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.

Western 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

“Hold 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


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  • ThatGuyFromTV - November 13, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    So they gave the dildo bat an erection and rubbed it a bit too hard in Japan. I see no problem. If anything, I figure a stiffie would hit a little harder than a flaccid bat.
  • Dman3981 - November 11, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    First thing I thought was that this is the country that has tentacle monsters but you knew what I was thinking about Gamesradar.
  • Spybreak8 - November 11, 2011 3:10 p.m.

  • gamingfreak - November 11, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    ...WTF Japan? Why are you so ass-backwards?
  • 8bitBaby - November 11, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    really japan? REALLY?!
  • avantguardian - November 11, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    hey...ya gotta have standards, right?xD
  • angelusdlion - November 11, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    It's just the law. Has been since WW2. Honestly I'm surprised nobody's complaining about it here int he US.
  • OhUltra - November 11, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Just so you guys know, the first picture on your site is in fact, a woman swinging a massive purple dildo. It's like having a link for something NSFW that is, in itself, NSFW.
  • birdro - November 11, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    I knnow, gotta make sure noone impressionable is around when I load up the site lol. It's even worse now that it's made main picture.
  • Elementium - November 12, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Yeah I found it a bit awkward.. I mean GR is usually tame (not sarcasm) censoring out quite a bit when they need to. Anyway, gotta love Japan.. I saw a clip from an anime of a girl being tentacle raped, was pretty graphic even if no private parts were shown.. and this is what airs on japanese Tv >.>
  • phoenix_wings - November 11, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    I want this game even more now than I ever have before.

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