One other thing I want to address is the notion that some advocacy groups are causing censorship in the industry. Maybe...but even if it were true the term "censorship" hardly applies. To illustrate further let me swap out "censorship" temporarily with the word "injury" and make two statements:
- I suffered an injury at work - I got a paper cut while doing some filing.
- I suffered an injury at work - I got my arm ripped off by industrial machinery.
The first statement is the degree to which censorship applies to some recent game releases, while the second is the kind of thing people have to deal with in real-life dictatorships these days. On top of that fans can still get unfiltered versions of their favorite Japanese titles through importing. It's not even all that hard considering that the USA and Japan share the same region encoding (Europe is a whole other can o'worms I don't want to get into right now). Sure the game might not be properly localized, but stuff like fighting games and beach volleyball aren't exactly hard to navigate (heck, players might even learn a bit of Japanese too).
Bombcast, people should really expect better from their games. The moment I see titillation in a video game it's a sure sign the developers are trying to distract me from some significant design flaws. Case in point, Golden Axe: Beast Rider tried really hard to advertise how hot Tyris Flare is (pun intended) in an attempt to entice customers into buying the game before they'd notice the absence of a multiplayer component or even other playable characters iconic to the series (such as Gilius Thunderhead or Ax Battler).
Don't fall for that kind of thing, and don't let semantic games pull the wool over your eyes either. Video games are for anyone and everyone. Calling yourself, or someone else, a "gamer" is about as useful as terms like "music-listener," "book-reader," or "sandwich-eater." Anyone trying to make a bigger deal out of their intense interest in the hobby is just trying to start a fight that nobody is going to win. Game over!