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Blizzard Deleting 'Inappropriate' StarCraft 2 Maps

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Blizzard is monitoring user-created StarCraft II maps.

Blizzard is apparently deleting user-made maps developed for StarCraft II that the company deems "inappropriate."

The revelation started with this post on the Battle.net forums, as a StarCraft II player--listed as Cyrileo-- reported that his map Ultimate Tank Defense was deleted due to inappropriate content. Apparently the company didn't actually specify the offending material, thus sparking a rant about how long it took to be informed about the deletion once it was done, or given the option to make a quick fix if the deletion was based on his use of the term "bad ass" within the map.

Community Manager Bashiok eventually stepped in and pointed to the StarCraft II Inappropriate Content Policy Overview. "You're confusing our removal of inappropriate content with some draconian measure to delete maps as we see fit," he said, referring to the negative comments about removing the map. "Our goal is purely to ensure that maps don't contain inappropriate content. Keeping people from seeing your hate speech and obscene images on our private game service is not the same as relinquishing your constitutional freedoms in the hopes of increased personal/familial security."

He later explained that words used in the campaign are not things the company is going to action for. "The map that was removed, and for which this thread exists, WAS NOT removed for using the words 'bad ass'," he admitted. "But we're not going to publicly release why or for what reasons we do remove maps. If the map maker receives that information and chooses to do so, then so be it. That's their discretion. We're working on improving our processes to ensure the map maker has more information on why their map was removed, right now it is a bit vague and has obviously led to this misunderstanding."

Eventually it was revealed that unit movement patterns accidentally formed a "certain anti-Semite symbol" on a minimap within Ultimate Take Defense. "This was unintentional and we have since changed the way the units path (you'll notice the spiffy new terrain)," said one of the map's creators, Brashnard. "We would've liked a bit of a warning before the map was deleted, however."

Blizzard's policy states that map makers will be given a warning first and time to make changes. If the offensive material remains, he/she will be temporarily suspended. After a final warning, further violations will evoke a permanent suspension. Accounts will be closed in "extreme" cases.

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    icepick314 , August 5, 2010 10:49 PM
    dammit!!!

    if I don't want to play on a map full of penis and Nazi swastika, I'll choose myself, thank you!!!

    I don't need moral police telling me what's bad and good for me...I have a brain...I can think and choose for myself....
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    zachary k , August 5, 2010 10:29 PM
    who the hell are they to tell us what is "Inappropriate"? who do they think they are? apple?
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    FLanighan , August 5, 2010 10:18 PM
    people need to lighten up and stop taking shit so seriously
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    Anonymous , August 5, 2010 10:13 PM
    Wow, battle.net is looking more and more like xbox live. Give me a break blizzard.
  • 26 Hide
    FLanighan , August 5, 2010 10:18 PM
    people need to lighten up and stop taking shit so seriously
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    Anonymous , August 5, 2010 10:24 PM
    ^Exactly
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    zachary k , August 5, 2010 10:29 PM
    who the hell are they to tell us what is "Inappropriate"? who do they think they are? apple?
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    mlcloud , August 5, 2010 10:40 PM
    Blizzard (Kerrigan)... what have you become?
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    icepick314 , August 5, 2010 10:49 PM
    dammit!!!

    if I don't want to play on a map full of penis and Nazi swastika, I'll choose myself, thank you!!!

    I don't need moral police telling me what's bad and good for me...I have a brain...I can think and choose for myself....
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    Trialsking , August 5, 2010 10:49 PM
    "Eventually it was revealed that unit movement patterns accidentally formed a "certain anti-Semite symbol" on a minimap within Ultimate Take Defense."

    Where is the ACLU to defend the Nazi point of view? Surely their are a minority who needs an advocate?!?!?
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    adikos , August 5, 2010 10:49 PM
    weird. guess we should start censoring buildings in google maps that make patterns that could be considered offensive.

    i guess this all amounts to if the map creators were at least warned which it doesnt sound like they were, despite blizzard saying that is part of the process.

    on the same token i think everyone, b-net and blizzard got a little out of hand.
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    inboxeses , August 5, 2010 10:50 PM
    blizzard is confused about how favorable the public will look upon a pathetic attempt to graft a discussion about intentions onto a discussion about what was indeed a draconic action resulting from their immature removal policy; at least they round-aboutly admitted to the draconic actions and immaturity on their part, though they probably calculated that calling it out with equivocation would take some heat of their backs; sure looks like the republicans are running blizzard public relations lol
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    mrecio , August 5, 2010 10:57 PM
    The directions Blizzard has taken since joining with activision are not good ones. I myself have stopped playing\buying all Blizzards games (NEVER thought id see the day when I would stop supporting blizzard)
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    zerapio , August 5, 2010 10:57 PM
    So better communication makes for better relations. ho woulda thunk it! :D 
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    Anonymous , August 5, 2010 11:16 PM
    You guys need to understand that Blizzard wants to keep the game relatively family-friendly, as not ALL Starcraft 2 players live in their parents' basement and can handle all the pseudo-nudity and prejudice some people choose to put in their maps. I'm not saying that Blizzard is completely right, they could have implemented a better system that allows you to see maps they don't approve of rather than just killing it. But don't be so damn unreasonable when they're trying.
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    matt87_50 , August 5, 2010 11:28 PM
    this all depends...

    can you distribute, and play online with online buddies any map you want without submitting it to blizzard's official channel and undergoing their scrutiny?? can you even play your own maps with friends over LAN? (NO...)

    or is their way the ONLY way to play and trade maps with your friends..

    if so.. F*** YOU BLIZZARD!!

    I can FULLY understand that they would want to censor content hosted by them. thats perfectly FINE! but ONLY if there is another way!! same BS as with Apple.
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    orbitron , August 5, 2010 11:41 PM
    That is another reason why there is no LAN. They want in control >:( 
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    fulle , August 5, 2010 11:43 PM
    trialsking"Eventually it was revealed that unit movement patterns accidentally formed a "certain anti-Semite symbol" on a minimap within Ultimate Take Defense."Where is the ACLU to defend the Nazi point of view? Surely their are a minority who needs an advocate?!?!?


    The swastika is the oldest of ancient symbols dating back as far as 1000 BCE, where it was found on pottery. It's almost universally used to represent positive messages, like good luck, and could be found on the uniforms of some American soldiers prior to WWII.

    Yeah, the Nazi's used the symbol. How that automatically makes any glance of it anti-semitic, or evil, or offensive, or anything like that is beyond me. There are Native American cultures who used the swastica for crying out load.
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    fulle , August 5, 2010 11:48 PM
    I didn't mean to quote trialsking, btw... just no edit button =)
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    firedust , August 5, 2010 11:50 PM
    Lol, stop b*tching. They remove one map and suddenly it's the end of the world? Grow up for Christ's sake.
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    nforce4max , August 6, 2010 12:01 AM
    Big brother strikes again. Personally I play on private servers because of this.
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    Anonymous , August 6, 2010 12:08 AM
    It seems like I'm paying money for "inappropriate" censorship.
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