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1. Censorship

1.1. Germany

1.1.1. anything nazi related is forbidden

1.1.2. There is a board that decides which age restriction applies to a game/movie/tv show

1.1.3. if a game promotes rape or gross violence, a game can be fully banned

1.1.4. German Censorship Policy

1.1.5. 11 Video Games That Got Banned and Why - Geek.com

1.1.6. The Many Ways That Germany Censors Video Games And Why

1.2. China

1.2.1. Gambling-related content or game features

1.2.2. Anything that violates China’s constitution

1.2.3. Anything that threatens China’s national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity.

1.2.4. Anything that harms the nation’s reputation, security, or interests.

1.2.5. Anything that instigates racial/ethnic hatred, or harms ethnic traditions and cultures.

1.2.6. Anything that violates China’s policy on religion by promoting cults or superstitions.

1.2.7. Anything that promotes or incites obscenity, drug use, violence, or gambling.

1.2.8. Anything that insults, slanders, or violates the rights of others.

1.2.9. Other content that violates the law

1.2.10. Anything that harms public ethics or China’s culture and traditions.

1.2.11. Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem

1.2.12. Battlefield 4 was banned in China for the way China was depicted in the story Battlefield 4 banned in China over national security | ZDNet

1.3. Customs and Traditions

1.3.1. Many countries don't allow content that portray homosexual relationships or interactions

1.3.1.1. Russia has effectively banned children from playing The Sims 4 because it includes the ability to form gay relationships. (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/12/the-sims-russia-gay-ban_n_5309847.html)

1.3.1.2. Sailor Moon features two homosexual characters, and in the American dub, they were changed to "cousins".(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-ronceromenendez/kissing-cousins-viz-wont-_b_5353859.html)

1.3.1.3. The Japanese Paper Mario has a transgender character where she is labeled female in the American release. (https://lgbtqgamearchive.com/2015/09/11/vivian/

1.3.2. Religious narratives and elements are a very sensitive topic in many countries and religions.

1.3.2.1. Fallout series in general has an animal called Brahmin, the Hindu religion and Indian Culture worship the cow in general. With Bethesda not changing the animal, the weren't released in India. (http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Brahmin-Reason-Fallout-3-Cancellation-India-12947.html)

1.3.2.2. Eidos released an alternate version of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin due to backlash from many Sikh groups. They say that the game depicts them as followers of an "evil" cult. Also the game has a mission with combat taking place at a holy site of worship.

1.3.2.3. Many games have been criticized for negative portrayals of religions

1.3.2.4. Religious elements can be used as explicit or Implicit. Mass Effect trilogy, religion is implied that its like an "unseen character" This can help avoid such controversies.

1.3.2.5. In the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, the Original version featured Muslim music and symbolism which was removed from all future versions. (http://www.zeldainformer.com/nintendo-officially-talks-about-the-infamous-ocarina-of-time-fire-temple-ch/

1.3.2.6. Modern Warfare 2, a YouTuber pointed out 2 pictures on the map Favela that offended muslims. The map was removed from the game in order to change the pictures. (Call of Duty map removed at request of Muslim gamers )

1.3.3. Public beliefs of Society

1.3.3.1. Rockstar's "Bully" name changed to Canis Canem Edit (Dog eat dog in Latin) due to anti bullying activist groups (10 Video Games That Got Weird Name Changes In Other Countries ) -2 links- (https://www.engadget.com/2006/09/01/bully-no-more-call-it-canis-canem-edit/ )

1.3.3.2. In Overwatch, one of Tracer's posed was removed because it was deemed "sexualized" and "out of character". (https://www.polygon.com/2016/3/28/11321138/overwatch-tracer-pose-removal

1.3.3.3. Modern Warfare 2 "No Russian" mission portrayed a terrorist attack on civilians in a Russian airport. The mission was completely removed for the Russian version and was censored in many other international versions. Infinity Ward added a feature that you can choose to skip the mission in its entirety or to play it. (http://kotaku.com/that-time-call-of-duty-let-you-shoot-up-an-airport-1738376241)

1.3.3.4. The 4kids network was notorious for taking animated shows targeted to teens and adults and censoring it for their younger audience. (The Escapist : Forums : Off-topic Discussion : Why 4kids editing is so bad

1.4. North Korea

1.4.1. the movie "the interview" starring Seth rogan and James Franco was banned (for obvious reasons) and almost started a war

1.4.2. As North Korea Rumbles Again, Insiders Tell How Small Players Stood Tall In Helping Sony’s ‘The Interview’

1.4.3. North Korean Media: A Story of Language, Censorship, and Tech - MediaFile

1.5. In Cuba, Call of Duty: Black Ops was banned because you kill a Fidel Castro double Call of Duty: Black Ops plot allowing players to assassinate Fidel Castro causes outrage in Cuba

2. Marketing Overseas Money and is it worth it

2.1. Shipping and delivering games overseas

2.2. Time zones

2.2.1. Often games are released incorrectly, and some time zones get games before others do.

2.3. Gimics

2.3.1. Plants vs. Zombies market expands in China with it's "Great Wall" edition (Globalization : The trend that is dramatically changing video games )

2.3.2. Several examples of Pixar's "Inside out" scenes being changed to appeal to foreign audiences ( http://www.businessinsider.com/why-inside-out-has-different-scenes-in-other-countries-2015-7 )

2.4. Translation

2.4.1. Mortal Kombat: Deception name changed in France due to translation issues where "déception" translates to Disappointment or Letdown (http://kotaku.com/10-video-games-that-got-weird-name-changes-in-other-cou-1694827509 )

2.5. Advertising

2.5.1. Square's Final Fantasy 9 changed the name of the leading character for the European market because of a legendary football player having a similar name, Square didn't want any confusion that the game was football related ( Video Game Localisation: Challenges & Pitfalls )

2.6. Changes in localization

2.6.1. In the video game series, Ace Attorney, the names and settings of the games were changed when being ported to different countries. (Ace Attorney Takes Place In An “Alternate” Los Angeles, Capcom Explains - Siliconera