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Blizzard: German StarCraft II Is Less Bloody

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Blizzard is working on removing or changing the color of blood for the German version of StarCraft II.

A recent interview over on Instarcraft.de (translated) reveals that Blizzard plans to remove or change the color of blood from the upcoming German version of StarCraft II. Earlier reports have indicated that Blizzard is also editing Diablo III for Germany as well, however the task will be less of an issue with the former game.

Allen Dilling, Blizzard's Lead 3D Artist for StarCraft II, said that the adjustments will be slight, and the change will effect only a few units; most are robotic and do not require censoring. He added that although the team set out to create a game that looks good and "feels alive," they weren't focused on making the game particularly bloody.

"We [don't] want to offend anyone, but at the same time, we are working very passionately to develop the best product possible," Dilling said (paraphrased via Google Translate). "And specifically we are working on all the animations, so we do not want to see the [edits]. Here we are so very carefully trying to find the right path and give the fans what they want, without being insensitive. So it's a real balancing act."

Ultimately, Blizzard wants to see the German rating board restrict StarCraft II from consumers below the age of 12. However, as stated earlier, Diablo III will incorporate parental controls, so it may be that the German censorship ties into Blizzard's overall plan nationwide for both StarCraft II and Diablo III.

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    Major7up , September 1, 2009 9:22 PM
    Awww, it just won't be the same game!!!
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    lemonade4 , September 1, 2009 9:35 PM
    1. No LAN
    2. Three 'Starcraft II' packs (zerg,terran,protoss)
    3. Points system to download user-made maps
    4. recoloured blood..
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    icepick314 , September 1, 2009 9:38 PM
    Major7UpAwww, it just won't be the same game!!!


    ask L4D players...

    it's not just same game....it's TOTALLY different....

    Germans are so damm paranoid about so called violent games...it's not as if there's going to be another Hitler after playing CounterStrike....
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 1, 2009 9:59 PM
    icepick314it's not as if there's going to be another Hitler after playing CounterStrike....

    Probably should have stated Day of Defeat :) 

    This is a trend that is becoming more comon everywhere! There is just a bunch of idiots in this world that blam violent games for everything. What they forget is that it is the person that is responsible for their actions.

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    IzzyCraft , September 1, 2009 10:13 PM
    America wins the American release of "No More Heroes"(Japan game) for da wii added blood in the game haha take that germany.
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    FallenSniper , September 1, 2009 10:18 PM
    Well I'm glad I'll have the US version. I want it to look realistic.
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    Ciuy , September 1, 2009 10:34 PM
    well duuh, its better this way, less blood for the german youth, less chances they will start World War III in the future :D  .

    Good Job Blizzard thinking ahead.

    hahahahaha
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    eklipz330 , September 1, 2009 10:42 PM
    i know this won't affect me in anyway, but blizzard/activision are acting like scum when it comes to money, so i probably won't buy it.. just get a cracked version that doesn't require battle.net or monthly fees on a cracked server
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    Supertrek32 , September 1, 2009 10:47 PM
    RADIO_ACTIVEProbably should have stated Day of Defeat This is a trend that is becoming more comon everywhere! There is just a bunch of idiots in this world that blam violent games for everything. What they forget is that it is the person that is responsible for their actions.

    So true... If violence is the common cold, then video games are the rain. Sure it can be a factor, but you shouldn't say, "Never do anything when it's raining. Ever." ...and shouldn't the parents be holding an umbrella over their child's head anyway?
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    maximus559 , September 1, 2009 11:16 PM
    Germany seems to have a real problem with violent video games... almost too much of a problem, in my opinion. I realize that the German government is (and should be) concerned about maintaining peace, but keeping violence out of the media will not keep it out of the minds of criminals. Lighten up, Germany! A little simulated gore never hurt anybody :) 
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    Firehead2k , September 1, 2009 11:17 PM
    Well, this was not unexpected.
    Germany has had game censorship, sometimes more, sometimes less.
    It's one of the reasons I import games from the UK (other than the fact that I hate dubs).
    The last game I bought in Germany was C&C1, which had bots instead of infantry. I've stopped caring about German resleases the day I started importing using amazon.
    (It's not just games btw. they censor movies too)
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    abbadon_23 , September 1, 2009 11:24 PM
    "...Blizzard wants to ... restrict StarCraft II from consumers below the age of 12."

    That's more rediculous. This is StarCraft II, not SexCraft LXIX .

    And why the talk of integrated parental controls? The parent controls whether to buy the game for his kid in the first place. Pretty simple.
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    tektek , September 1, 2009 11:45 PM
    I guess there trying to break into the age 3+ market.. Legoland SC2?
    Use ur massive HDYRABLOCKS or your insane 8 SCV LEGORAX BUILD!!
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    matt87_50 , September 1, 2009 11:52 PM
    Starcraft was very graphic! but it made it great! it was originally rated MA15+ in Australia, and rightly so. removing graphic deaths would destroy the style of the original game. mind you, I don't agree with the current style of the starcraft 2 units (I think the terrain looks awesome). they look unnatural and cartoony, and too much like warcraft 3. I don't think blizzard has done a particularly good job bringing their RTSs from 2d to 3d while maintaining the style. I think the best franchise to do that so far is red alert (red alert 2 to red alert 3). supreme commander and DOW look good in 3d, but they were never in 2d.

    here's hoping I'm wrong, and I have been misleaded by the screenshots and low res videos.
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 2, 2009 12:33 AM
    abbadon_23And why the talk of integrated parental controls? The parent controls whether to buy the game for his kid in the first place. Pretty simple.


    I'd assume that maybe the parent plays it but wants it locked from the kid on the same computer.
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    kikireeki , September 2, 2009 1:08 AM
    Removing blood from SCII meh!! but from Diablo III, WTF? It is like censoring a porn movie!
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    kikireeki , September 2, 2009 1:11 AM
    Censoring SCII meh, but Diablo III, WTF? It is like censoring a porn movie!
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    r0x0r , September 2, 2009 3:11 AM
    FallenSniperWell I'm glad I'll have the US version. I want it to look realistic.


    I hate how game companies make giant death-bringing robots look unrealistic.
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    ptroen , September 2, 2009 4:28 AM
    So the German version will have more sex then right?
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    IzzyCraft , September 2, 2009 5:06 AM
    r0x0rI hate how game companies make giant death-bringing robots look unrealistic.

    Don't you also hate how real when you kill people they more or less explode with 100 gallons of blood
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