From Japan, With Changes: The Endless Debate Over Video Game 'Censorship’

One of Nintendo’s biggest releases in 2015 is the sprawling 100-hour adventure Xenoblade Chronicles X, released earlier this year in Japan. It’s great-looking and fun. That’s not in dispute. The most heated debate about the game—making it the latest flashpoint in ongoing skirmishes over censorship, creative freedom…

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This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that…

The Thriving Industry That Helps Encourage Book Censorship

We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process.

The London Olympics Website Does Not Want You Linking To It Unless You're Going To Be Nice

As a mega-moneyfest, the Olympics demand a massive amount of corporate sanitizing. For spectators, this means having anything you didn't obtain from an official Olympic sponsor confiscated, but this has been going on for years and for the most part, that's the Faustian bargain you make in order to attend the world's…

That List Of "Words You Can't Text In Pakistan" Is Actually The List Of Things You Can't Put On NFL Jerseys

There's a document circulating today that allegedly contains the list of words that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) wants banned from text messages. A few tipsters forwarded it our way after noticing that the list included phrases like "Rae Carruth," "Neon Deon," and "He Hate Me,"—all things that would…

Elon University's Elders Were Apparently None Too Happy About That Whole "Comedic" Video Thing

Something really, really sad happened since the "Welcome to the EU" video by East Infection, Juice Box, and the Bigger Guys made its way from Elon University to Deadspin and back to Elon's administrative and athletic-directing offices. Namely, it seems as if Elon higher-ups were concerned about potential reputational…