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Blizzard Releases New Patch for Overwatch, Removes Jerk-Off Joke


Blizzard has released another large patch for the beta of their new arena shooter, Overwatch. While the patch isn’t anything surprising, it does, in fact, remove a sexually-driven joke about masturbation.

There’s been a rather worrying trend with game patches, localizations and outright refusals to even release games to certain audiences. Over the last few years, things have blown up, been exacerbated by the media and everyone has pretty much lost their mind. Nintendo, in particular, has gone off the rails; with forced memes, cut dialogue and even removing entire sections of their games to avoid criticism. Other developers seem to be joining in, and now Blizzard has made the call to remove something from their upcoming shooter, Overwatch.

Overwatch may not be Team Fortress 2, but it certainly takes a leaflet from its book. Being a game full of colors, cartoony designs and a sense of humor, Overwatch doesn’t take itself quite as seriously as other shooters. Prior to the new patch, a fairly recent addition to the game featured a tongue-in-cheek joke about male sexuality. On the Route 66 map, players could come across an outhouse. The outhouse itself served as some world-building, and players could find a bunch of dirty magazines littered inside. One should be able to easily guess what the implications were there.


The magazines in question featured two of the heroines from the Overwatch cast – Mercy and Symmetra. It was funny, as a joke normally is, and played to the less serious nature of Overwatch. Of course, that’s no longer the case: It seems that with this new change, the magazines are no longer present. Why this is isn’t exactly clear, though it’s likely Blizzard felt the inevitable backlash, however small, wasn’t worth the PR headache. While it can be argued that the joke isn’t great if you’ve got kids playing your game, it’s subtle enough that only those old enough would get it. There are more obvious jokes and sexual innuendos on Spongebob Squarepants.

The change obviously brings up the argument of censorship. The debate regarding what actually constitutes censorship is still going, with some feeling, it’s totally within developer rights. Others feel less supportive of such things, arguing that self-censorship through pressure from outside agencies is still censorship. All we can really say in this case though is that Blizzard felt the joke was too much and has quietly removed it from the game. Unfortunately, that’s the way video games are going these days, with developers more concerned about a backlash from the angry mob than their own artistic freedom.


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