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Thursday, December 7, 2000
Giant Cover Up
8:03 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Yesterday many PC sites reported that PlanetMoon and InterPlay had decided at the last minute to make some changes to their game Giants: Citizen Kabuto for ratings reasons. The changes mainly involved clothing some bare female creatures and changing the blood in the game from red to green. Our partner CGA site Stomped reports these were done in a effort to get a "Teen" ESRB rating, though they still ended up with a "Mature" game in the end. They talked a bit with creative director Tim Williams about the issue:

Williams said they would have changed the color of blood back to red had they known they would have received an "M" rating to begin with, and that it was too late to change the color back before the title was scheduled to hit store shelves.

Asked about comments made by Stomped readers that the game was no longer going to be as its creators intended, Williams said both changes were very minor and do not affect the gameplay in Giants at all. "Three years did not go into making (Delphi) topless," Williams told Stomped, "It went into making a great game."

Gamers.com also points out this was in an effort to get into some chains which now won't carry "M" titles, or require proof of ID in order to purchase these games. A patch to re-color the blood will likely be released after the game is out. No word from MacPlay on how this might affect the Mac version, but it's doubtful there would be any major changes when it is released some time next year.

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