Super Real Mahjong PV has been removed from the Nintendo eShop after the half-hearted attempts to cover up the game's nudity were rightfully flagged.
The censorship and age ratings of video games have been a hot topic for almost as long as the industry has been around. Violent games such as Grand Theft Auto and the infamous Manhunt have been blamed for all sorts of despicable things. When it comes to doling out the blame for people committing stupid and often unforgivable acts, it often falls at the feet of video games.
In reality, video games have a similar system in place to movies and TV shows when it comes to age ratings. However, for some reason, people don't tend to pay as much attention to those ratings as they would in other forms of entertainment. We would bet a fair bit of money that more parents would be willing to buy their children GTA than buy them any R rated movie.
As it turns out, the people in charge of the censorship might be paying just as little attention as those buying the games. Super Real Mahjong PV was recently removed from Japan's Nintendo eShop store due its lack of censorship, reports Eurogamer. And yes, the game is exactly what it sounds like. A Switch version of the ancient tile game, Mahjong. So what could there possibly be to censor?
Nudity. That's right. Super Real Mahjong PV, which was originally released on PC and Sega Saturn, contains nudity. Should its players progress through an old-fashioned game of Mahjong, they are rewarded with crude, animated, 32-bit hentai images of women undressing. The original was not censored, however, the Switch version needed to be. Trouble is, the game's developers Mighty Craft did the worst job possible when it came to censoring out the naughty parts.
Mighty Craft's idea of censorship was to fire extremely thin beams of light across the bits that players aren't supposed to see, no matter how much they might want to. You can check out exactly how (un)censored the footage is courtesy of Siliconera but as you might imagine, it contains images that some might find offensive. The game has subsequently been removed from the eShop, but Mighty Craft has promised to reassess the situation and resubmit the game in the future.