"As long as we could make a joke out of the fact that they made us cut this, that was fine," says Stone
South Park co-creator Matt Stone has shared his opinions on the cuts made to the EU console versions of their new game South Park: The Stick Of Truth
Stone explained that while they didn't want to compromise on what they wanted to put in the game they realised that perhaps some content might not make it past ratings boards outside the US.
“I was told that Australia has different standards. They have their own ratings system, as does Europe, so I was told that we had to submit it for ratings and they come back and tell you this will pass, this won't,” Stone said. “Ultimately, the full version of the game is in North America, so at least that version is out there, but anywhere it's censored [in the other version], we just put in little black cards explaining what has happened.”
“It's not that big a deal,” he continued. “It doesn't change things that much, but we weren't going to change the game downwards somewhere and just not tell anybody. You'll see how ridiculous that is.”
“It does feel like a double standard, a little bit. We weren't willing to change the content, but also it doesn't ruin the game – it's like 40 seconds' worth of the whole game. As long as we could make a joke out of the fact that they made us cut this, that was fine.”
He does recognise that games are different to TV or film and there are things that are more uncomfortable to deal with due to the interactive nature of the medium.
He said, “There is an interactiveness that makes it different. In movies and television you can do stuff that's morally grey very easily, because you get to show consequences, you get to show reward, but in a video game there's a reason why everything is a Nazi, zombie, or alien - these are pretty clear moral choices.”
“There are things that make people more uncomfortable in an interactive world, definitely,” he concluded. “But that said, what we had in the game, we could have shown that on TV pretty easily, especially now.”
South Park: The Stick of Truth is out now on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Thanks The Guardian.