LittleBigPlanet Moderation Sparks User Outcry

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Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet (PS3) is no stranger to moderation, censorship and outraged users, and now that user-created levels are starting to be removed by game moderators, the users are angry once again.

"So many cases have no questionable content in sight, even ones with humorous light hearted violence have been taken down, like the popular [God of War-referencing] Demon Skull level," wrote a player named Robbie to Kotaku.

Said another user: "Some levels I've seen now unplayable due to moderation: Pacman, Batman, and Scrubs related level [sic]." Users are reporting that levels are being permanently deleted upon moderation, sparking forum members to advise one another to save copies of their work before submitting them to the online world.

The pattern among deleted levels appears to be references to various intellectual properties despite earlier reports of multitudes of levels with Sackboy-populated homages to games like Super Mario Bros. and Mirror's Edge. However, the deletion of levels based on the PlayStation 3 itself and one entitled "Failure to Launch"--which shares a name with a 2006 romantic comedy film--has raised eyebrows about the moderation system in place.

Media Molecule community manager Sam_Protagonist wrote on the PlayStation forums that the team is at work on a new moderation system:

We are working on a system whereby any level that is moderated will inform the creator of the level why the action was taken, as there could be unintentionally unsuitable content in the level, or a cultural offense which is harmless in one country and offensive in another - either way we want to ensure that creators' levels are only permanently removed if they warrant it. In most innocent cases a simple tweak to the level may be required and that's what we're working on communicating.
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  • spl legacy 10 years
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    November 10, 2008 12:21 PM

    This is actually really funny when you put it in perspective with the Used Game article right below it.

    The user-generated content is one of those things that add longevity to this title and keep you holding on to that shiny new copy. If you start hurting the big selling factor that gives people a reason to hold on to it they are just going to sell it and then someone else will buy it used and then the developer stops making money.

    It's like one example solution to stop people from selling their games exists, developers/publishers are just not following through.

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      November 10, 2008 1:12 PM

      A community to give longevity to your title doesn't really help much if it has the potential to cause you to get sued to oblivion.

      • spl legacy 10 years
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        November 10, 2008 1:17 PM

        No doubt, just saying that we already have things in place to reduce used game sales so they should be really careful to pay attention to this aspect and make sure players stay happy with the service.

        Then you have Guitar Hero looking to charge MORE money for user-generated content, what a joke. That's just going to drive more used games sales.

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