It seems that one more game was added to Twitch’s banned list though without a true reason behind it, according to Yandere Simulator‘s developer. It’s only the latest title among the string that have been given the red card by the world’s biggest streaming service.
There is little doubt that twitch.tv has taken over game streaming. Be it individual or professional competitions, the platform has been dominating the market, one that even YouTube hasn’t managed to crack through. A ban on Twitch would be a major blow to any developer. So far, they have 29 games on the prohibited list, each with a very reasonable explanation why.
For instance, one of the titles is RapeLay, a game where you can follow women, creep up on them, and rape them. There’s hardly any surprise that it was banned. Second Life is probably the most known on there, and while it may seem like an innocent ‘life simulator’, its darkest corners should not be treaded. So, in essence, it’s still like life. Not one to be exposed to children who often frequent Twitch.
However, according to YandereDev, Yandere Simulator‘s creator who refuses to reveal his true name, he hasn’t been given a true explanation why. In-game, a player is placed in the shoes of Ayano Aishi, a high school student who is obsessed with gaining the attentions of a boy and is willing to do anything for it. Anything. That implies killing, torturing, and virtually anything else under the sun.
Yandere Simulator also features some nudity, though is much milder than others found streaming on Twitch. The game isn’t even done yet, but it has gained a lot of attention from the community. The fandom has been built, the developer’s YouTube channel gained around 400,000 subscribers already, there have been songs and art done to depict it. And now, it’s banned.
It’s hardly the most family-friendly, Nintendo-like game out there, but the developer is asking for an explanation he has not yet received, and he has some fair points. According to YandereDev, if the nudity is a problem, then games such as Outlast should not be allowed either. If violence and torture are an issue, then titles such as Grand Theft Auto V and Mortal Kombat X should not be featured either. And the sex scenes are certainly milder than Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
YanderDev claimed that he is willing to make compromises, such as aging up the girls, making the setting more ambiguous, and cutting out a few scenes. However, as far as the gameplay or the story is concerned, that’s where he isn’t willing to make modifications. For now though, he only wants a reason why his game was banned and not be left in the dark. Censorship should never be taken lightly.
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