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Why Does Minecraft Xbox Censor Signs?
If you type in something inappropriate on a sign in Minecraft for the Xbox 360 you get a sign that reads four lines of Censored. Minecraft’s point is to give the player the ability to build, and the freedom to do whatever he wants with those blocks. The Censorship, which only affects Online games, is a pointless feature.
It’s rumored that Microsoft required this censorship. I believe it could also be because of their ESRB rating. But either way this is a stupid idea. A game could have kept its E rating and like so many other gams by adding “Game Experience may change with Online Play.”
More importantly the game isn’t just censoring naughty words. Sure, the reason that I’m writing this is because I wasn’t able to poke fun at a friend by changing all of his signs to something inappropriate. But at the same time I’m not able to label my chests with words like “Hoe(s), or Monster Drops.”
I’m a little disappointed in Mojang, and Notch for not pushing for a way to get around this rule. The multiplayer in Minecraft is only from console to console. There are no open servers, so the only people you are going to be playing with are people on your friends list. Your friends know what is appropriate for your group, and really this could all be self-censored. If something is inappropriately worded censorship could even be an option under settings. But even that shouldn’t be required.
In Minecraft you can build colossal towers spelling out profanity or depicting human anatomy. So why did they spend the time to censor the little signs that label my chests? It seems more juvenile to censor the word “farts” then to write it on a sign. There are so many much more extreme ways to make the game inappropriate than using signage. If censorship really was as big of an issue as 4-J Studios is making it seem, then Minecraft couldn’t have been released at all. So why are my signs still censored?