[games_access] Accessible Adult Entertainment, Censorship and Accessibility

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Wed May 9 23:22:26 EDT 2007

Re: [games_access] Accessible Adult Entertainment, Censorcorrection: 2 weeks of rain vacation as far as the forecast is now ;) But I'll read your heartwarming replies when I get back :)
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From: d. michelle hinn
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 4:21 AM
Subject: Re: [games_access] Accessible Adult Entertainment, Censorship and Accessibility

You aren't the only Amsterdam guy on this list (*cough* eelke *cough* sander *cough*)...but the bigger issue is that you pose this inquiry and then LEAVE for a sunny vacation? Unfair!

But you do raise an interesting point and I'm going to ask Brenda Brathwaite if she knows of any parallels for sound censorship. I mean obviously there is song lyrics censorship (on the US radio and then those stickers they put on CDs so that kids can't buy them...in the US). But I'm not sure what they would consider a "lyric" -- this probably is handled by some sort of legislation but I don't know if it refers to other mediums like games (and is a "cd" a different medium than a "mp3"?)

Just a quick scan of some sites, I found quite a lot of protest sites that seem to have originated as music censorship sites but now are branching out, like this one (started as a school project for someone):


Then even before the warning stickers was the radio and bans on radio include lyrics in songs AND what the DJ says. Now a sound that is sexually suggestive *might* not be banned (Howard Stern certainly has done that many times).

Here's a HUGE rundown on wikipedia that covers the US:


So...I honestly have no idea about this and games so I will defer to Brenda and see what she knows about it -- I'm sure that as the "sex in games" SIG chair, she has a lot to say. :) Will post her response as soon as I get it!



Encountered this news item about an accessible porn website for the visually and auditory impaired:


So porn that includes closed captions and auditory descriptions. Not that the blind haven't been enjoying auditory porn for centuries, but, oh well... Interestingly, I recently encountered this news item, about a blind man being being charged for listening to child porn:


Not that I condone someone seemingly enjoying real child porn, but this issue got my interest because in games there's the whole censorship going on with extreme violence and sex, etc? So how does that kind of censorship relate to alternatives. What I mean is: in an audio game (so without visuals) but only sound, what do terms like "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity" (http://www.esrb.org/ratings/) mean?


Richard (yeah, the Amsterdam guy)
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