NicheCast – Episode 07

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So you’re a regular visitor at Niche Gamer? The obscure games, the niche games, the weird games, whatever you want to call them, we love them and we know that you love them as well. We only cover these games on our regular feed, and we only cover them on our podcast as well.

The topic of the week for this week is the disparity between sexual censorship, and the passing of gratuitous violence. We’ve talked about it before a lot here at Niche Gamer, but with the news that NIS America is bringing over Criminal Girls: Invite Only, only to presumably have its controversial punishment mini-game removed, we had to talk about it.

You can enjoy our podcast below, or you can download it here (right click and save as).

The songs in today’s podcast are both from the “A Cause to Daikon For” downloadable content for Muramasa Rebirth, in celebration of the third pack of DLC, “A Spirited Seven Nights’ Haunting” coming to both Japan and the west this week into next week. The intro track is Fugaku WaruGoro Match, while the ending theme is the credits roll theme featured after you complete the downloadable content.

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  1. artemisthemp
    July 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    You should never compare EU and Germany censorship level since, Germany is like Australia of Censorship.

    I actually enjoy the story in HDN more than HDN Mk-2 and Victory but, I enjoy the Combat in Mk-2 more than HDN and Victory.
    Also the main reason to get HDN is Noire and Iris Heart.

    Ar Tonelico selling point is hymnos AKA songs and I personally hope Tecmo Koei will do a HD collection for PS4 or PS3

  2. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I actually can’t remember if we did compare the censorship between the two, but we were mostly just talking about Western censorship in general. It was somewhat generalizing and broadly sweeping, but I hope you got the idea?

    What are your thoughts on our talk on censorship? And as for HDN, I can’t help but love Vert :)

  3. artemisthemp
    July 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    You don’t like Vert, you like the plot :p

  4. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Bwahahahaha!! Well she does play games like crazy, which is definitely a win win for me :)

  5. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    July 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    We did, but I remember saying only that Germany is really big on anti-violence and edits/censors FPS games heavily, nazi imagery or not.

    But in general, most of Europe is very liberal about that sort of thing, and my European friends on Steam can back that up for me.

  6. artemisthemp
    July 8, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Until she steal your Loot in a mmo :p

  7. Myles Vitagliano
    Myles Vitagliano
    July 8, 2014 at 2:02 am

    The whole situation really annoys me and that is why I talked so much about it. A company as dependent on the good will of their loyal fans should be the last ones alienating the very group that got them where they are. I can’t see this game being anything other than extremely niche with or without the lewd content.

    Also, something I didn’t bring up in the cast is that NIS america first said they censored stuff because they didn’t want to get the dreaded AO rating by the ESRB. I don’t buy it since the CERO ratings board in Japan is a lot more strict than the ESRB and Criminal Girls, with the lewd content, got CERO D, the equivalent of an M rating from the ESRB. It did not get CERO Z which would be AO even with a much stricter rating policy.

    That isn’t even considering the fact that games with full on sex scenes like God of War, Red Dead Redemption, etc. have received M ratings and not AO ratings. The entire thing is annoying.

  8. NinjaMicWZ
    July 8, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Cool, didn’t know there was a podcast. Count me in as another listener.

  9. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thank you! We do it every week, on Sunday. Just like the site, we only talk about the games/topics we cover on the site.

  10. goigoi
    July 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    advice for those who hate loli stuff……don’t look for loli stuff. Moe/loli is not 100% of anime/manga.

  11. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    July 11, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Replace the word “annoying” with bullshit, and I agree.

    Look, we all know why they did it. They want to try and make these games more palatable to the mainstream, or at least to the folks who are just a little to the right of the niche crowd. They want to broaden their customer base and figure taking out some of the “OMG PEDO STUFF EWWWW” will also quell a lot of the bullshit the SJW crowd (And dipshits on Gfaqs) like to throw at them & the people playing their games.

    But hey, NISA wants to play coy. That’s cool. They just better realize who is making them their money and what would happen if we stopped.

  12. Ryan Marshall
    Ryan Marshall
    August 6, 2014 at 3:02 am

    I really have to disagree with the idea that Hyperdimension is all about the girls, and that they’re the only reason to play it. The main reason for me is the self-referential humor, reminiscent of something like Excel Saga, although that does kind of require a certain aesthetic for the characters in order to pull off the joke.

    It is also, aside from the wonky first installment, a seriously non-annoying RPG with few real gimmicks in combat. There’s no real learning curve, like you would get with a Tales game or Eternal Sonata. It’s just simple, turn-based, you-know-how-to-do-this stuff. Similar to the old Final Fantasy games, or Lunar, you can just sit down and play it right away.

    The simplicity of the combat system is one of the major reasons why I’m looking forward to Fairy Fencer F, which looks to be using an improved version of the system.