It’s not going on sale in India, had advertising pulled from the Washington DC metro system and Internet, run into controversy over the decision to not allow you to kill kids in the game. And now, Bethesda’s post-apocalypse role-playing action game Fallout 3 has been censored before release in Japan.
According to a Japanese press release, kindly translated by Kotaku, several changes have been made to avoid inflaming understandable Japanese cultural sensitivities over the atomic bomb. Side quest “The Power Of The Atom” has been altered – so you cannot now detonate a nuclear bomb in the centre of a town. Also one weapon name has been changed – Kotaku guesses it’s the “Fat Man” mini-nuke launcher: the name given to the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.
Still, as they say, controversy sells. And Bethesda have announced that Fallout 3 is no exception – it’s top of the UK charts and sold 4.7 million units in its first week.
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