November 27, 2006

SiN and USK (Intro)

As some of you may know, we went through a fairly painful process of getting "SiN Episodes: Emergence" ready to ship in Germany.

Our initial submission was denied a USK rating, which essentially meant that USK felt that BPjM would have indexed it, and as a result, we had to go back to the drawing board and try to find the smallest possible changes that we could make that would get the game passed USK.

There were very few changes made to the USK version, and I'm going to be discussing six of those changes over the next few weeks. I'll be discussing the change itself, the reasoning behind the change, and show that there are no gameplay ramifications from the changes.

The six changes that we are going to be going over are ragdoll physics, fire, gibs, jetpack deaths, civilians/unarmed characters and applied forces. Saddle up, this is going to get interesting...

A few ground rules. First, I will not be posting any instructions on how to revert these changes. Second, comments linking to instructions on how to revert these changes will be deleted immediately. It's unfortunate, but these are the rules that I have to abide by in order to bring you this list.

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