South Park RPG Censorship A Double Standard, Says Co-Creator
South Park co-creator Matt Stone has stated that what was censored in South Park: The Stick of Truth was mild enough to be shown on the TV show without any issues.
“It does feel like a double standard, a little bit,” Stone told The Guardian today. “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.”
Stone and Parker did make a joke out of the situation. For the European and Australian versions of the game, during the censored scenes an image of a statue making a face-palming gesture appears alongside text that describes what the player would have seen in the uncensored version. The game is fully uncensored in North America.
Stone attributes the interactivity of games as being the sole reason why such scenes were removed from the game, but would have been no problem being shown on TV.
“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,” Stone said. “There are things that make people more uncomfortable in an interactive world, definitely. 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 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.