Fallout 3 Censored in Japan for Nuclear Material

By Blake Ellison, Nov 11, 2008 11:38am PST The censorship woes for Bethesda's post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 3 (PC, 360, PS3) never seem to end, and the latest changes to the game's content have been made for the sake of Japan, a country with a bit of history surrounding nuclear weapons.

The Bethesda Japan website update was spotted by Kotaku. In editing the Japanese release, the "The Power of the Atom" side quest was modified to disallow actually triggering a nuclear weapon, and the non-player character Mr. Burke has been removed from the game entirely.

Additionally, a weapon has had its name changed for having a name deemed "inappropriate" for Japanese audiences. Bethesda does not specify which weapon has been renamed, but the smart money is on the Fat Man mini-nuke launcher, named after the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

Bethesda also made clear that violent content, such as gore, blood, or dead bodies, has not been lessened in comparison to the North American release.

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  • The Japanese are VERY sensitive about nuclear war since WW2.

    When I was going through my particle physics course for my Medical Imaging degree, we watched a few films about Radiation & Culture (I can't remember the exact titles, but they were well worth watching) about how different countries viewed radiation. The Japanese are totally freaked out by it.

    Honestly, this doesn't surprise me at all after that film. I'm actually kind of glad that they did this for the people, as it could be viewed (by them) as an insult having a gun named after the bomb that hit them. And since it's only a small side quest and 1 weapon, it's not really a huge deal.

    /I play with radiation