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Throwback Thursday for 23rd June

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This weeks edition of Throwback Thursday looks back at how C&C Generals got censored in Germany back in 2003. Censorship is strict in Germany. And the time of the release of the game, German officials decide too many of the game's core elements resembled real world events. Obviously the most notable change was the fact that all the Generals and human character were turned into Cyborgs. But here a list of all the major changes to a game that many people in the rest of world never got to see or play....

  • The intro was completely removed due to having a few not-so-subtle references to real-life politics/politicians.
  • The three playable sides had their names changed to no longer reference real-life countries.
  • The campaign was renamed to "mission". The world map on the loading screen was removed and any references to real places or countries are altered. Interestingly, the spoken briefings were not altered.
  • As expected, the human soldiers are altered to be cyborgs. This includes changing the portraits of all units and having robotic voices.
  • The terrorist was removed from the game and instead replaced with a driving bomb. Other than the visuals, however, the functionality is exactly the same.
  • Human civilians are removed from missions.
  • The second GLA mission was removed completely. It involves hijacking a UN convoy and stealing their supplies, as well as killing any civilians (or destroying their houses) who try to take the UN supplies for their own benefit.
  • Completing the last mission for any of the campaigns does not play a video.
  • The expansion pack's intro is present, but the portraits of the generals which appear at various points in the intro were covered up by lazily edited in copies of the portraits from Generals Challenge.
  • The portraits of the generals were censored as usual, other than that though they kept their human names, with one exception: Dr. Thrax was renamed to Dr. Trax to remove the pun on anthrax. Strangely, the Skirmish Mode portraits were replaced with the win/lose portraits from Generals Challenge.
  • The credits of Zero Hour showed a US Ranger in the background, this was removed, leaving German players with nothing but blackness.

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Plokite_Wolf    142

People who have killed or abused someone with uncensored Generals as a prime cause from 2003 to 2016: 0.

People who have killed or abused someone with uncensored games in general as a prime cause from the 1960s to 2016: 0.

Intelligent people at the BPjS: 0.

 

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I never thought they would censor a C&C game. From the description you're giving it doesn't even sound like generals at all it sounds completely different but from the images it doesn't seem to much of a difference but it kind of ruins the original effect of the sort of modern setting and puts it into the future. Just why? It just ruins the setting and it's like a different game. It kind of reminds of what activision did with CODOL the Chinese call of duty with the cyborg zombies and the gamemode where you play as some scorpion robot thing or some other robot thing.

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Plokite_Wolf    142

They censored and de facto banned many games. TibDawn, RA1 and TibSun also got the snip. TW and KW just had the Fanatics changed and the nuke renamed.

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