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Voice Actress Says 'Censorship' is Really 'Localization'

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Xenoblade Chronicles: X has taken some flak in the EU and North America due to perceived "censorship" of the young teen character Lin's appearance in the game. For Western audiences, the development team chose to alter her costumes fairly significantly than those found in the Japanese version.

In a new video by Cassandra Lee Morris, the voice of Lin, she indicates that it is not her feeling that this is "censorship", but more akin to "localization".

“[It] honestly makes me cringe a little bit because she’s only 13 years old,” said Morris. “People are calling it censorship. I really see it as localization. There are a lot of cultural differences between Japan and the US and Europe. I, personally, don’t mind that Lin’s outfits were change for the US version. My hope is that players will be able to concentrate on Lin’s abilities and what she can bring to your game and what she can do for the other members of her party and not just how she looks. I also think that covering Lin up a little bit will make parents more comfortable with kids playing the game, so it also opens the game up for a wider audience.”

Check out the video for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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Source: Kotaku


Suzie Ford

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