Adjustable Censorship is when you are given the option of turning mature content (usually violence, swearing, or sexual content) on or off. This usually happens in Video Games, but other media, such as DVDs and websites, occasionally have such options. You may have an "On/Off" toggle or a slider that goes from "Bloodless Carnage" to "High-Pressure Blood" to "Gorn". In some older games, back when adult content was much less acceptable in video games, the mature content was deactivated by default and had to be re-activated through a cheat code in order to hide it from the censors, making this a possible way of Getting Crap Past the Radar. The ESRB or other similar organisations will generally rate a game assuming all mature content is set to its highest level.
Non video game examples: Web Original
- In Alien Hominid, there is a "Gore" option in the options screen. Turning it off will replace all blood with flowers.
- Assassin's Creed II and up have an option to turn off blood.
- The Infocom game Leather Goddesses of Phobos can be adjusted from "tame" to "lewd."
- In the first Leisure Suit Larry game, you could turn adult content on only if you correctly answered questions that were theoretically answerable by people old enough to view the content (or, these days, able to access Google).
- Primal Rage on the Sega Genesis allows you to turn gore on and off.
- The Sega Genesis version of Time Killers features an option to set the violence level to "No Blood", "Blood", "Dismember", or "Decapitate".
- The Genesis version of the first Mortal Kombat had a button code that undoes the censorship, giving it an edge over the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version.
- Dead or Alive gives you the option of adjusting the intensity of the game's Jiggle Physics.
- Rise of the Triad offers several levels of gore ranging all the way from clean to Ludicrous Gibs.
- The original Half-Life gave players the choice of disabling blood, which could only be re-activated by inputting a password.
- Team Fortress 2 has the command-line option "-sillygibs" which, instead of de-activating blood and gibs, replaces it with goofy clocks, springs, cheeseburgers, balloon animals, unicycles, etc. This is actually a holdover from the German version, where (due to Germany's strict laws on depiction of violence in media) it is on by default and cannot be deactivated.
- Modern Warfare 2 has the option of skipping the infamous "No Russian" level.
- Modern Warfare 3 had an option that let you skip the somewhat-less-infamous Davis Family Vacation level.
- Version 1.0 of Boppin' featured the option to turn off the characters' suicide animations. Version 1.1 is a self-proclaimed "politically corrected version" that replaced the Accursed Toys screen (which depicted a bloodied teddy bear impaled by a knife), but the censorship can be disabled with a command line option.
- Brütal Legend has a profanity option. In addition to bleeping out every swear word, it also covers Eddie's middle finger with the "Parental Advisory: Explicit content" logo during the next to final boss.
- Neverwinter Nights has a gore slider in the game options. The max setting frequently results in enemies outright exploding. Zombies are particularly prone to this when hit with a cleric's or paladin's Turn Undead.
- The American release of The Witcher censored the copious nudity present in the original European version. CD Projekt Red released a Director's Cut patch that restores it.
- Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 both have options to tone down the swearing and gore used. Of course, this being Fallout, there's a special trait called "Bloody Mess" that lets you turn up the gore as well.
- In the first three installments of Silent Hill, an expanded options menu is accessible by pressing L1, L2, R1 and R2 at the game's regular options screen. This menu always includes an option to change the color of blood in the game from red to green, violet or black. This is probably more for fun than for censorship though, as no one tells the player about said hidden options menu and that the blood is red by default.
- Bulletstorm has an option for alternate, slightly less profane dialogue.
- The first Max Payne allowed the player to disable blood and all graphic novel sequences in the game.
- Katawa Shoujo has an option to skip the mature content (though some instances of nudity remain). Instead, you get a Relax-o-Vision.
Non video game examples: Web Original
- A lot of websites allowing users to upload content, such as DeviantArt, feature an adjustable content filter.
- Some DVDs of Family Guy have the option to turn off the censoring.
- In Utah, a service called Clear Play allows the viewer to select a level of violence, sexuality, etc. and watch compatible DVDs with the selected elements stripped out. This is done through the same methods used to make movies "family-friendly" on network television: mute, filters, and even complete elimination of some scenes.
- Eddie Izzard DVDs always have an option for bleeped audio, since his acts are mostly family-friendly except for the copious swearing.
- Lee Mack's Going Out stand-up DVD has an option to switch off the bad language.
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