Blizzard To Gamers: Stop Making Inappropriate <i>StarCraft II</i> Maps

Posted: Aug 6 2010, 8:09am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:52am CDT, in Gaming


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This latest crop of StarCraft gamers are even filthier than the last ones. As you may know, both editions of Blizzard's wildly successful series contain a powerful map editing tool. This allows gamers to do everything from designing cool game maps to creating whole new mini-games using complex patterns of macros and decision chains.

It also allows gamers to build maps shaped like...*ahem*...genitalia, which appears to be a more prevalent problem in the sequel than it was in the original.

G4 reports that Blizzard has started to push against "inappropriate" maps. The developer has created a "mechanism" that will allow them to identify and delete maps designed to be visually offensive or that contain racist / sexist / otherwise offensive images and words.

As is usual on the Internet, some folks have taken this as an opportunity to curse at Blizzard for infringing upon their freedom of speech. Most gamers though, seem to be rational enough to recognize that a private company policing their own servers to keep things nominally safe doesn't exactly qualify as a breach of human rights.

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