Dead Island logo gets censored in US

Posted By | On 22nd, Mar. 2011 Under News

The US boxart of Dead Island has been censored, tweaking the hanged zombie figure in its logo, to a more respectful standing upright one.

Deep Silver informed IGN that the change will only apply to the game’s boxart and it won’t be  seen in the game’s menu or any other portion.

The reason for this cencorship is unclear, however, people are citing ESRB as being the reason. They’ve not issued a report yet, acknowledging the same, however.

The game’s due for release later this year for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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  • PilarVIRUS

    Guess they’ll have to make do with Dead sland.

    • lmao well played good sir

    • PilarVIRUS

      Thank you, it took me two minutes to come up with that. lls

    • tareq salah

      lol nice.

  • shastyxmcnasty

    I find this very disappointing. In the US rap conveys violence to the nth degree…every night there are shows/documentarys about brutal violen murders on shows like cold case etc… and movies have ridiculous over the top violence. However it seems to me that video games are the only thing that takes front seat when someone wants to point a finger at violent behaviors. I hate censorship.

    • I prefer the censorship though to the alternative. At least their not suing and looking to have the game taken off store shelves based on one image. They try this with any game that has something that upsets people. Mass Effect had the sex scene, GTA was too violent and had lude indecent acts, and GOW had an entire sex mini game with topless slave hos narrating the act at bedside. As long as we compromise and forfeit these small battles, we win the war ultimately because the game still comes out, we get to enjoy it uncensored and unedited, and really all that changes is one stupid picture. Sounds good to me.

    • PilarVIRUS

      I have to agree with the censoring because of racism, and the hanging of black people on trees. If they just had a hanging zombie instead of a zombie hanging on trees. Then, I wouldn’t have agreed with the censorship.

    • tareq salah

      oh it was because racism? i thought because it might show thoughts of suicide or something.

  • This was probably somehow too offended to the suicide sensitivity crowd. I had an gag event taken down on Facebook because I labeled it “Mass Suicide”.

    • tareq salah

      that word is serious like bomb or other word that u cant say

  • doub7

    Not a fan of censorship @ all so this kinda blows. But @ the end of the day as long as the boxart is where it stops I guess I can deal w/ it. Its when they start messin w/ the game I get angry.

  • doub7

    @ Pilar

    U make a good point, I didn’t think of that. I can c how this would b offensive 2 ppl after all. I think they made the right call, especially if it will only affect the boxart.

    • PilarVIRUS

      Yeah… it’s a respective and excepted change. I just wish they didn’t have to change it, and people expected everything.

  • tareq salah

    wow so mortal kombat is ok, but a hanging zombie on a box art is no no !!

  • doub7

    Mortal Kombat is over the the top & fantasy so it doesn’t bother most ppl. But bodies hangin from trees is still a sensitive subject & a grim reminder of racism, especially where I live in the Southern United States. I was so quick 2 jump on the anti censorship thing I didn’t even realize this til Pilar mentioned it.

  • woodysroundup

    Does people believe its a reference to slavery?
    It actually does make sense, but obviously you can’t expect the average person to put that thought into it because the average person is a !!ing dolt.
    And really, what’s wrong with shock value? Everything has to be family friendly these days? I mean, I understand why it can be considered offensive, but I think that’s a good thing in some cases when it comes to art and entertainment.
    Art, and entertainment, should involve pushing the boundaries, even if its offensive, it’s what makes some stuff really good.
    I know this is a simple logo here, but it is still a form of art, and art is something that shouldn’t be limited or confined just to please those that are too sensitive for it.
    does anyone remember the RE5 controversial?


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