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Blizzard Censors StarCraft II Maps

Discussion in 'StarCraft I & II' started by TerranDominion, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Colonel Lance

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    Also, if you read the entire thread the ultimate tank defense author made you'd know that the reason it was removed was because the units made a swastika on the minimap. They also released a list of what you can't have in your maps.

    Blizzard released a list showing what might cause a map to be banned: http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=33752

    According to the website, the player can not just have his/her map banned, but also lose his SC2 account: "In extreme cases, the account will be closed outright"
    Here is what you cannot have in your map:

    Racial/Ethnic/National

    * Has any racial/ethnic connotations
    * Has any national connotations

    Extreme Sexuality/Violence

    * Refers to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
    * Refers to extremely violent real life actions or events

    Sexual Orientation

    * Refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves, other players, or in-game characters

    Obscene/Vulgar

    * Is an inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
    * Is pornographic in nature

    Harassing or Defamatory

    * Insultingly refer to other characters, players, Blizzard employees, or groups of people, be they in the game or external

    Blizzard Employees

    * Customer support representatives or employees of Blizzard Entertainment (Both real names and aliases)

    Inappropriate

    * Is a mildly inappropriate references to human anatomy or bodily functions
    * Is a reference to illegal drugs or activities
    * Has neutral or positive racial/ethnic/national connotations
    * Has any connotations of major religions or religious figures (i.e. Jesus, Christianity, Buddha)
    * Is otherwise considered inappropriate for the game world

    Advertising

    * Any non-beneficial businesses, organizations, or websites

    Trademark This category includes both clear and masked content which:

    * Is trademarked/licensed by a company or an individual
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    And, has redmarines mentioned, they're working on letting the author know why their map was removed.
     
  2. Dr Super Good

    Dr Super Good

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    I am sure there was a thread on this already...

    We are not? Personally me like 95% of people do not care, so do not speak for the community.
     
  3. killer1390

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    Which you are doing in your sentence. Don't speak for the community.

    I find this outrageous. But at least they will fix there deletion system.
     
  4. Teelo

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    Source?
     
  5. Arhowk

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    the blizzard forums? lol. ive read that topic where he replies.
     
  6. Mechanical Man

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    So we still can't have a word 'Africa' in our map?
     
  7. Kamikaye

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    They will never post clear examples. In that way they would lose the option to hide behind legal text copypastes since people would use these posted examples in debates for their defense in the forums.

    Seriously.. their sudden concern about "Family safety" and "appropriate content". That seems to be a new abominable trend. Or argumentations like "For your own safety" , if you think about the nature of these phrases they are outrageous intimadations implying that you cant handle things yourself and Blizzard (or any other company/institution using them) takes care of it for you.
     
  8. Statharas

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    Please. We are the community. He is part of us. He is right. 95%. YOU are the 5%.
     
  9. Gallin

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    You shouldnt throw out random numbers that you have no clue about. Dont speak for others just speak for yourself
     
  10. Mepper

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    Haha wow, just because we agreed to something doesn't mean we can't have opinion, if things were like that, governments and coprporatios would have too much power.

    Anyways, I'm part of those "95%" that is upset about the censorship system, while it makes sense to remove some maps that are just plain racist, pornographic, etc. it seems like this is almost becoming McCarthy-like paranoia on Blizzard's part. Why did Blizz have to make the game 12+ -.-'
     
  11. Colonel Lance

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    http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/248105900?page=6#115

    There's is much more to what bashiok said, and it was in response to a question. TerranDominion took that "quote" out of context to make it sound really bad.

    The question was
    And bashiok answered with
     
  12. Dr Super Good

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    Merged threads cause they are about a simlar issue.
     
  13. TerranDominion

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    What do you mean ?
     
  14. WherewolfTherewolf

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    The original thread was a single area where some overly protective new restrictions led to a map being deleted for a bs reason, and the new thread is about the new restrictions themselves.

    FUCK YEAH FOR LIMITED GEOMETRY IN YOUR MAPS SHAPE!
     
  15. MGCǂSpectre

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    They also censor for a terrain in the shape of reproductive organ or a Tarsonis tower with 2 spheres on the left and right.
     
  16. Tyranid

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    Blizzard sure is protective. Guess "Experience May Change During Online Play" no longer bears any meaning.
     
  17. Weep

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    Amongst all this, I'm wondering whether the map wordfilter/censor is still in effect, preventing the publishing of maps with certain blocked words, or has that been removed since the end of the beta?
     
  18. TheOverWhelming

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    I think it was removed, but I haven't published my map yet.
    I tested it when I started (after beta) and it said "Illegal words: Starcraft", I removed Starcraft and I put "Fuck" under suggested players, and it didn't say anything about illegal words. (Note: None of these were uploaded, just clicked the "Publish" button under File in the GE).
    I have "Hell" and "Shit" in my map used in transmissions.
    But I'm one of those guys annoyed about this. Why are they giving us such a powerful editor but policing us on seemingly useless things? The map size is already limited (being equivalent to WC3s 128x128 for a 256x256 SC2 map), the trigger size is already limited, and now they're limiting games that can be played. It'd be much more effective to put a rating system on the maps themselves IE "This map SWEARS so it is under T rating" or shit like that.
    Half the issues that have arisen aren't even known by the map makers themselves. If most the people don't notice a sexual reference or anything deemed "inappropriate" but one person sees where a reference can be made, they report it and delete it [but give it to the map maker]? It's all seemingly very silly to me. And as someone else said earlier in the thread, "[If you find it offensive, don't play it]"
    /Endrant
     
  19. Zwiebelchen

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    Damnit americans (blizzard) always being offended by words or naked skin, let alone *shock* nipples! Yes ... I said it! NIPPLES! :con:
    But blood, gore and dismemberment is cool at the age of 16 ... :con:
     
  20. Mechanical Man

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    I hope the multiplayer will be soon hacked so I can play my Life of elephant map I will create