South Park creator Matt Stone said today that the censorship of the new game spin-off, South Park: The Stick of Truth doesn't significantly change the overall experience of the game.

Speaking to The Guardian Stone said that the changes made to the game for German and Australian release “doesn't change things that much.” The developer, Obsidian, swapped out the scenes in question with static descriptions and the crying koala above. In Germany the display of swastikas is against the law, and oh boy – there are swastikas.

"I was told that we had to submit it for ratings and they come back and tell you this will pass, this won't," Stone said. "Ultimately, the full version of the game is in North America, so at least that version is out there, but anywhere it's censored, we just put in little black cards explaining what has happened.”

"It's not that big a deal. It doesn't change things that much, but we weren't going to change the game downwards somewhere and just not tell anybody. You'll see how ridiculous that is.”

Here comes the shame...

Having reviewed South Park: The Stick of Truth I can tell you that you're not missing much during these missing scenes. But if you're already desensitized by the shows over-the-top antics this game may surprise you just how far it pushes the limit. Stone added that while censorship is not ideal, "It does feel like a double standard, a little bit. We weren't willing to change the content, but also it doesn't ruin the game. It's like 40 seconds' worth of the whole game. As long as we could make a joke out of the fact that they made us cut this, that was fine."

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[Via The Guardian]