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The Witcher 2: GOG update bypasses censored Australia version

There will be blood in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the follow up to developer CD Projekt’s RPG adaptation of the fantasy series by Andrzej Sapkowski. But more importantly, The Witcher 2 will have sex – so much sex that CD Projekt opted to tone down the mature content in the Australia version of the title to avoid an outright ban. However, a recent change to the privacy policy of digital distribution service Good Old Games (GOG) will allow anyone in Australia (or the rest of the world) to pre-order or purchase the uncensored version.

Previously, customers purchasing a game on GOG.com would have their region automatically determined by the website based on the user’s IP address. So, if your IP address says you live in Australia, you’d be stuck with the censored version of The Witcher 2.


Above: GOG changed its privacy policy just before the release of The Witcher 2. Sex scenes for everyone!

An announcement on GOG.com explains why customers suffer when digital distribution services use geo IP to set their region. “For example, customers may be travelling when they want to purchase or download a game from GOG.com. In this case, automatic IP address capture might change the price or the content of the game they’re ordering (such as the default language of the installer). Further, geo IP data collection is not always right. IP addresses are not a perfect or unique identifier of location, and can report the incorrect region of users, particularly ones who are not using standard Internet connections.”

GOG also stresses the importance of honoring its users’ privacy. “Effective privacy protections for our users means that any data that we don’t need to collect, we shouldn’t,” reads the announcement.

Seeing as how The Witcher 2’s gameplay emphasizes the importance of choice, it seems fitting that GOG has seen fit to give its customers the ability to choose their region if they pre-order or purchase any titles. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is set to release on May 17.

May 11, 2011



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13 comments

  • foxxjeh - May 11, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    You know, the way I see it, the more restrictions there are regarding things like nudity and sex in media the worse it is for a country, I come from a country where nudity isn't much shunned on or glorified, but commonly ignored, as long as it is tasteful full frontal nudity can practically be seen on tv at any hour, and no one cares. I go down to the beach and people of all ages are seen topless, and slightly further down the coast, some don't even bother with a bathing suit at all. The more you try to prohibit something the worse that something will become to avoid, (moralistically speaking) if you try to hide sex and nudity from the general public, the more people will want to see it and/or have it by any means necessary, some then might even take a criminal approach to achieve such goals.
  • Hobogonigal - May 11, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    It's about time someone stood up to the stupid ratings here in Aus. The next best thing would be for the Govt to get their act together and change the stupid law!
  • CombatCat120 - May 11, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Since I haven't heard anything about this game gameplay-wise, I just assume it's a porno with RPG elements
  • minimaxi - May 11, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    last time I read (forgot the links) aussie version would still have nudity, sex and all that, except one quest where you can choose sex as a reward, it's altered to the sex scene being triggered automatically. so the problem is 'sex as a reward' rather than nudity and sex itself. ....or was it the german version? someone need to correct me on this.
  • beedizzle - May 11, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    useless australian laws, they ban more games here than anywhere else. they're worse than china and north korea when it comes to games here.
  • TopNewt - May 11, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    Cool.
  • R-ape - May 11, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    What a bunch of Auss-holes. Eh? EH?!?? Ah you damn hipsters and your parliament cigarettes...
  • Zeb364 - May 10, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    Way to go GOG! Fighting censorship with their own legal loopholes. Beat'em at their own game. Artistic Freedom for the win. But yea, I can't imagine that someone won't come after them for this. Here's hoping the guys and girls at GOG are tough enough to weather the storm.
  • sirdilznik - May 10, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    One more week to go until some sweet Geralt of Rivia goodness. If there wasn't enough reason to love GOG before, now there's this. I'm currently right on track to finish another play through of the first game (last time I played was a couple of years ago) just before this drops.
  • hellodesdemona - May 10, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    I'm just curious how much less crime and/or debauchery exists in Australia versus the rest of the world that allows M games. According to the media, all crime and evil is caused by video games- so Australia should be free from all that. Right? I thought not.
  • jasoncarter - May 10, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    I just have a bad feeling here aust gov may go after them for this. Sigh. I hope they know what they are doing with this one. I'm all for it, but this reeks of lawsuit or at least fines.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - May 10, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    It's kind of shameful that Australia is so uptight.
  • drewbian - May 10, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    yet another reason to love and support GOG! :D

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