The industry of video games has become highly polluted with issues such as censorship and false advertising. Neither is better than the other as they both present a reduction in product quality and consumer satisfaction. Furthermore, it became wholly apparent over the course of the past few years that studios and publishers seemingly find no issue with engaging in anti-consumer practices, practices that significantly large number of gamers find no problem with supporting, given how commonplace it is nowadays.
Earlier in April, the 3rd of the month, Resident Evil 3 Remake released and Vara Dark tweeted that the pre-order classical costume pack did not have Jill’s classic look as promised since the skirt was now a skort. Although the change – as highlighted by Vara herself – is minor, it is problematic as it conflicts with the announcement trailer from the 10th of December and the news on the game’s steam page as well as other sources from the 18th of that month and onward.
— Vara Dark (@Vara_Dark) April 3, 2020
Moreover, the significance of this is obvious yet some believed otherwise, especially Rami “Soy-lord” Ismail, who sought to voice his disagreement as expectedly and predictably, weak. Thus, the article attempts to discuss how Vara highlighting the issue with the classic costume pack for Jill is indeed is censorship and false advertising.
Let’s see what the gamers are upset about toda-oh my fucking god really y’all pic.twitter.com/ahPPVTCmHY
— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) April 3, 2020
Crusade Against Censorship
Vara Dark is an individual that leads a crusade against censorship, a fact further emphasized by her having an abundance of content on the subject. This suggests that any mentioning of censorship, when coming from her, certainly does have merit. Therefore, Vara noticing the censoring of Jill’s classic costume is unsurprising. Though she failed to notice the differences between Jill’s original costume and the classically inspired one.
The differences between the two costumes may not be staggering, but what we see is expected. The art director for Resident Evil 3 Remake, Yonghee Cho, revealed that Jill’s design in the original game spurred a lot of internal discussions. “There were a lot of discussions internally about that direction,” says Cho, adding “The original design of Jill Valentine was clearly going for sex appeal, but that was not the right direction.”
“The original design of Jill Valentine was clearly going for sex appeal, but that was not the right direction.” Yonghee Cho
This is Cho’s explanation for Jill’s redesign that replaced her classic costume with a more generic one to appeal more to “practicality.” Though it is odd, given the overall premise and content of the game screams impracticality, but that’s beside the point. The art director made it known that he censored the original costume because he and (supposedly) others felt it was not the ‘right direction,’ meaning it was inconvenient for current “global standards.”
This accounts for the differences between the original Resident Evil 3 and the remake, in terms of Jill’s classic costume. Cho made it clear that he wanted to desexualize Jill, hence the effort invested into doing so with the character’s costume, which was originally advertised as her classic outfit yet subtly changed to ‘inspired by the original.’
Many will argue that the changes made to Jill’s classic costume were necessary, given the game is a remake. Therefore, it had to undergo revamping to better fit with the context of Resident Evil 3 Remake. However, the argument is critically flawed since many other games whether continuations of franchises or remakes, often make classic costumes available with the only difference being its graphical improvements.
Thou Speaketh Falsehood
In December 2019 the announcement trailer for Resident Evil 3 Remake became available. The trailer featured standard elements to showcase the content, game play mechanics, and so on. Additionally, toward the end of the announcement trailer for Resident Evil 3 Remake a pre-order bonus was included, the classic costume pack. Though sources outside the trailer, from a day or days after its announcement, the pre-order bonus changed to costumes inspired by their original designs.
The issue with the pre-order bonus for the classic costume pack is the difference in advertising in the announcement trailer, previous information on Capcom‘s site, and other sources. This creates a problem of misinformation because many believed they were receiving the classic costumes of Jill and Carlos, especially with sources affirming their belief. Now within advertising, this is false advertising since consumers did not receive the product they were promised and when the information was subtly changed Capcom offered no apology to remedy the confusion of many, prior and post to the game’s release.
A Journey’s End
Vara Dark highlighted a significant issue with Resident Evil 3 Remake. Furthermore, the gaming industry as a whole has become rife with censorship and false advertising issues that receive little attention due to the majority of gamers finding no problems with these practices, not to mention a more than compliant gaming media. More importance needs to be given to the issues of both censorship and false advertising in the gaming industry as they have a severe impact on it.