Jerykk wrote on Jan 19, 2015, 05:30:
What if Steam and other distributors decide not to carry it? Or is censorship only offensive when enforced by the government? Even if the government banned the game, wouldn't the end result be the same as the developers canceling it? The game would effectively cease to exist and your problem would be resolved. The offensive content would never see the light of day.
It is only censorship if the government decides not to allow it. Private enterprises can do what they like. If Steam decides not to carry GTAV, then GoG, or Humble, or Origin, or someone else will carry it, and make a shitton of cash from it. If the gov't decides to ban it, then no one can carry it. Two entirely different issues.
If Steam is a defacto monopoly, and the game gets essentially censored because Steam doesn't carry it, then that is a different issue: it's an antitrust violation, and the government needs to do something about that particular market to ensure better competition, most likely breaking up Steam. However, that's not the case currently. There are lots of Steam alternatives, and the market is healthy.
I support the right of this game to exist, and the devs to sell it. I also support my own right to rail against this piece of shit, and to lobby Steam and others not to carry it. System working as designed.
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