TECH NEWS – YouTube slightly eased its restrictions regarding the video game videos that have some violence in them.
„We know there’s a difference between real-world violence and scripted or simulated violence – such as what you see in movies, TV shows, or video games – so we want to make sure we’re enforcing our violent or graphic content policies consistently. Starting on 12/2, scripted or simulated violent content found in video games will be treated the same as other types of scripted content,” a Google employee wrote.
That sounds dry so far, so let’s see what it means in detail: „What does this mean for Gaming Creators? Future gaming uploads that include scripted or simulated violence may be approved instead of being age-restricted. There will be fewer restrictions for violence in gaming, but this policy will still maintain our high bar to protect audiences from real-world violence. We may still age-restrict content if violent or gory imagery is the sole focus of the video. For instance, if the video focuses entirely on the most graphically violent part of a video game. More graphic scenes like dismemberment, decapitations, showing of human corpses with these severe injuries may be age-restricted, while less graphic content may be approved. This Community Guidelines policy enforcement update does not change advertiser-friendly guidelines (which are separate guidelines).”
It’s a positive change – for example, if you upload a video review of a game where you show how your enemies can be decapitated (a prime example of it could be Soldier of Fortune, even if it’s nearly two decades old!), you will get a pass, but if you make something like a headshot compilation, you might see an age restriction.
Still, YouTube has its fair share of problems, and we can probably still say that the site was far better in the past than what it is today.
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