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Tera-Europe And the Censorship Debate
So there was discussion on the european boards lately regarding some changes to the european client, which sparked a community-wide discussion bringing up a lot of emotions.
If you're not the daily visitor on these official forums, what the uproar was about, was that in contrary to how it was like during all of the european tests till now, during the Open Beta, the "gore slider" was removed from the ingame options.
This slider, present in the Korean, Japanese and American version and until recently also in the European one, allows the player to set the level of gore they want ingame. So the higher the slider number, the more blood ingame.
As mentioned above, the "gore slider" was removed in the European client but blood was not! The levels of blood were modified to comply with the PEGI 12 rating the game received in Europe.
In the argument, the main point of players was not the change itself (reduction of blood animations ingame) but rather that this very change done without prior notice in the form of patchnotes or announcement.
warrior charge screenshot
Quoting partly the letter to the Community by Frogster:
"As you have all noticed, the blood effect slider was removed from the OBT client. We want first of all to apologise to you for not communicating this change as it should have been. We understand the importance of being transparent with our community. [...]After intensive deliberation both internally and with our developer, we have decided that the gore slider will be back with the original three different graduations and blood will still be spread on the ground during combat. This change will take effect shortly after the release of the game, planned for the middle of May, through a patch. And just to be clear, the game-play experience will not be compromised and none of the TERA environments were or would have to be modified due to this change.
warrior strike screenshot
In the above mentioned letter to the community, various other changes that have been done such as the Elin texture changes (both in the NA and EU version) were once more clarified:
"Elins were once more pointed at. Yes, the appearance of the Elins has been changed in both northern American and European version of the game. Not to comply with a demand from any official board, but because those characters in particular could have attracted to the game a population of unsavoury users, and it is part of our responsibility to protect our younger audiences from them. All partners involved in the project decided to ask Bluehole Studios for a solution, so they created new textures and designs for Elin wear. We are sure you all agree that this effort for child protection was the right thing to do. We all did, here, at Frogster.
warrior arch screenshot
As a Member of the European forums since the very day they opened back in August 2010, I have to say that Frogster has done a decent job in managing the community and the Game. Of course there have been certain times were things might not have been as we would like them to be, but I am certain this has happened to all gaming companies at least once.
So the bottom line is that the "gore slider" or simply put, blood, will be back in the European version to the joy of the European Community.
It is noteworthy to pinpoint that both sides handled things in a cool way and Frogsters response was immediate.
Afterall an MMORPG is and MMO-RPG which in my opinion doesn't only mean interaction between tera gold players ingame but also out of it. And to refer to my previous article, whether TERA will land or crash, I believe that if Publisher and Community remain in a healthy relationship and have constructive discussions, we can be sure to see good results.
Just to calm down any friends from the USA, your version guys has not and is not going to be affected in any way by this.
If you would like to read the full letter to the community by the Frogster-Team, please visit the following link. http://tera-europe.com/newsdetail/article/tera-letter-to-the-community.html