Bethesda censors Fallout 3 in Japan

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After getting censored in Australia, it looks like Bethesda’s multi-million selling Fallout 3 will undergo some changes for its release in Japan. Specifically, the non-playable-character Mr. Burke has been removed from the game entirely along with the “Power of the Atom” side-quest to detonate the nuclear bomb in the town of Megaton.

Additionally, an unspecified weapon has been given a name change as it was deemed inappropriate – presumably the mini-nuke launcher “Fat Man.” The decision has obvious consequences for the overall gameplay, but it is not completely unexpected given the country’s cultural sensitivity to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. According to Kotaku, however, the reaction to the changes among Japanese gamers seems to be “largely disappointment.”

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