There’s a petition for Capcom to stop “censoring” Street Fighter V

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As most of you who regularly read here know, I’m terribly excited for Street Fighter V. My excitement is palpable, even if I think that some of its fighters – in particular Rainbow Mika – could do without the giant boobs and bare ass. It’s just unnecessary, sexualising characters in the game in a way that’s out of place. Capcom seems to agree, and they’ve made a few changes to help boost the game’s mass appeal.

They’re removing the butt-slapping animation from R. Mika’s Critical Arts, along with several other close up crotch shots that are out of place in the game. Here’s what the animation used to look like.

And here’s what it’s been changed to (Critical Art at 88 seconds).

All that’s really changed is that the butt slap is now off camera. Somebody at Capcom’s made the decision – wisely in my opinion – to change the animation well before the game is out, by making the game at least appear that it’s not made to satiate teenage boy fantasies. And of course, there are people terribly angry about this, banding together with their rallying cries of censorship. Yes, there’s a petition to bring back R. Mika’s butt-slapping.

Says the petition:

“Some time recently Capcom chose to censor this Critical Art animation, the original shows Mika slapping her butt to taunt before grabbing, and the final downward slam brings both legs down as is normal in a great deal of wrestling moves.
In the newest version, the camera pans up to hide the slap and the severity of the final downward slam is lost as the legs are untouched.

We do not want to accept any censorship of this kind, and we do not wish to purchase censored games.
This content must remain uncensored, retained in its original form when the game is released, as should all the current content in the beta builds thus far that your company may wish to censor for whatever reason.”

While I think those who started the petition and have signed it have every right to, the biggest problem here is that Capcom, internally making a decision to change an animation, is not really censorship.

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You could argue, perhaps, that Capcom making their games have broader appeal by way of less overt sexualisation and removing a damned butt slap is self-censorship, but it’s an internal change made before the game is even out. In the end though, whatever the reasons for the change, I don’t feel it’s worth arguing about. It’s Capcom’s game and they can change whatever they please.

What do you think? Is this censorship? Is this that blasted Social Justice ruining games? Or is this a silly thing not worth getting so worked up about?

Last Updated: November 10, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I lol’d, literally. “Critical Art animation”. lol. Capitalised. lol. Sometimes people really put the dom in freedom.

    • “Critical Art” is a move. 🙂

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Should be called Critical Arse. 😀

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    It’s definitely not something worth getting worked up about, I think. But it’s pretty much like movies in a sense. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.
    It doesn’t mean I’m for it or that I would ever want something like this game, but “censoring” it won’t give it bigger mass appeal or make it more acceptable. The real fans will want it for what it is, the rest probably won’t even bother getting it.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I wonder if oVg’s signed the petition, he’s being very… Quiet.

    • Hammersteyn

      Bwahahaha!

  • Hammersteyn

    Here’s a wacky idea. When they game starts have an option.
    1. Show everything the way the creators and artists intended
    2. Show the censored, I’m too sensitive and too closed minded to appreciate other cultures way of entertainment version, because I feel the need to mingle in other people’s affairs. Now excuse me while I starve on my vegan diet, shop online for lumberjack shirts and search for other games to petition

    • Dutch Matrix

      Oh great minds think alike, huh?

      • Hammersteyn

        Seems we posted our comments within seconds lol

        • Dutch Matrix

          Ugh. I am getting tired of all this seriousness in games. Takes the fun out of my hobby.

          • Hammersteyn

            Two options. That’ll work. That’s one way of compromising

          • Dutch Matrix

            It is as simple as that. If I recall, MK1 had a ‘Blood’ option that could be switched on and off. On = Head Rips. Off = No Head Rips.
            But no. Simple stuff is usually the rocket surgery stuff.

          • Hammersteyn

            Even BLOPS3 has an option

          • Dutch Matrix

            Switch FISH AI on or off? 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            hehehe

    • You forgot:

      Checking all food labels for gluten

      • Hammersteyn

        HAHAHAHAHA!

    • the SJW’s in the team are going to shit when they see I featured this

      • Hammersteyn

        I’m honoured XD

  • Dutch Matrix

    Le sigh. It’s a video GAME! I think this game needs two choices in the Options Menu:
    1. I am a reasonable human being that can stand a bit of silliness in a game.
    2. I am a sour puss old fart.

    • Hammersteyn

      What I said, in fewer words XD

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        tl;dr

        • Dutch Matrix

          More like tl;cr
          Total Loser; Can’t Read…
          😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            So lame

          • Dutch Matrix

            I know! I am trying! I am sorry!

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher
  • Loftus

    Man people are DUMB…it’s your money, buy the game if you want to, if you choose not buy the game because of reasons then don’t.

  • KingKappie

    probably some horny kid in Murica that started the petition

  • KingKappie

    But haven’t Street Fighter always been in the cross air about “over” sexing the caterers. way stop now?

  • Dutch Matrix
    • Loftus

      That is one hot bitch!

      • Hammersteyn

        What breed is that?

        • Loftus

          ‘n skootskytertjie 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      SHE IS NAKED FROM JAW TO NECKLINE!!!! THIS CANNOT BE TOLERATED!!

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        SHOCK HORROR!

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Is that a little bit of ankle I see? BURN HER!! She’s DRESSED INAPPROPRIATELY!! #SJWsFrom2020

      • If you want some of that, you gotta marry it first! 0_O

        • 40 Insane Frogs

          Cast aside your eyes, perve… those ankles may not be looked upon by single, unmarried men!

    • so haaaat!

      • Dutch Matrix

        I know right! Makes me horny in all the right places!

    • Hammersteyn

      Can at least show a little ankle

  • Daniel Hallinan

    When I first saw that header image, I thought it was the character hunched down, facing the “camera” with her butt cheeks being her knees, with framing focusing on the obvious crotch shot seen between her “legs”. This impression lasted longer than I suspect most will believe.

    Needless to say, I was surprised when it finally clicked. Deceptively well camouflaged butt shots are deceptively well camouflaged.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    ME LOVE YOU MIKA!!! DON’T YOU CENSOR THE GAME CAPCOM! LOST SALE LOST SALE!!!

  • So I assume they are not changing their name to KLAPCOM anytime soon?

  • Sageville

    Can’t say I care enough to read the whole article….

    But I’m here for the comments….

  • It’s self-censorship, changes being made to art/model after feedback… it 100% fits the definition of censorship..

    also, no one should care.. it’s their game they can do as they like. If you don’t like it then don’t buy their game. That’s how it works

  • Darren Peach

    Censorship in any manner ( Obviously there are exceptions to this rule ) is not something anyone should adhere to. Period. Finish and Klaar. A Boer maak a plan. Dis die fokken happie klappers wat doen soe. En die mal regte wing mense wat domb is 🙂

  • lamar

    “It’s just unnecessary, sexualising characters in the game in a way that’s out of place.” Clearly you never played a street fighter game. Anyways its not “out of place” for a character that is a pro wrestler. The point of the slap to gain hype.

    she is an exaggeration of this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlUM0awYC28

  • Jack

    People who support censored Street Fighters are just jealous about it’s gorgeous ‘fictional’ characters and are just another insecure attention seeker (don’t believe me? Read the infamous main character ‘Naruto’ your will understand what I mean).

    That why those group of petty minded-alike will try to forbid these cool characters you don’t get to see in real life to make themselves feel better.

  • Sandro

    People.. it’s a game .. who cares if it has animated ass slapping..? Offended buy a girl slapping her own ass but don’t care about the big dude just beating the living he’ll out of a girl?. OK boys and girls there is no problem beating up girls but no ass slapping.. look it’s 2015 not 1865.

  • Matteo Neviani

    OMG NUDITY IN GAMES! THAT MUST BE THE WORK OF SATAN, MAY THE LORD SAVE US ALL.
    LET’S CENSOR THIS HORRIBLE THING! -_-

    It’s not about seeing R.Mika slapping her boot, dude. I can watch an hentai anime if i want to see a cartoony ass slapped. It’s about condoning censorship in videogames. If you consider vgs as a form of art, censorship is BAD, period.

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