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Is Video Game Censorship Dead or Alive in the US?

There’s been a controversy looming over the game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which found its way into headlines after Team Ninja’s community manager blamed internet backlash for the game not releasing in the US. There’s been a number of folks against this decision, claiming that backlash should never influence developer decision. The company’s publisher, Koei Tecmo, responded saying that the move is simply a business strategy, but there’s something to be said about the Team Ninja employee’s intriguing comment on the matter.

This week on Nerdist Play, we’re discussing what this means for the censorship of video games here in the US, and if we’ll reach a point where banning and game censorships become common. It’s very likely that Koei Tecmo could have made this move, absent of the approval of the game’s developers, but the prospect of mass cynicism controlling the creative process is a harrowing thought, so best we get ahead and touch on the subject now, before it’s far too late.

Do you think Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is being poorly handled by not being released in the states? Do you plan on importing the game anyways? Spike your thoughts into the comments below.

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