Censorship in Legends of Runeterra Cards and their reasons
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Check out here some Legends of Runeterra cards that were censored in some servers and also the reason behind them.Edit Article
Understanding the reasons
League of Legends. For example, for the champion Vladimir, which to avoid showing blood, his skills’ art is represented by black smoke.
Riot Games, such as Valve, is one of the companies which promised to adapt content in order to be able to have their games released in countries with censorship. Some other companies which also made that promise were
Activision. The companies, both in the gaming, cinema or TV industries, which don't agree to make this content adaptation, are legally forbidden. Now that we understand the concept behind the censorship, let's get to them!
Outfit ChangesFirst we have the censorship of sexualization, that is a very sensitive topic, mostly in games which are meant for kids. Because of that, most women who show a little bit more of their bodies, end up having their clothes censored. Jinx Katarina Ashe Sivir But we have to admit that some clothes even got more stylish than the originals, such as Elise's:
Censoring Alcohol and PipesIt wasn't only the champions that were censored, but also many followers. Including those who make mentions to drugs and alcohol, because cards with those substances may be suggestive, mostly to kids and teenagers. Back Alley Barkeep Kindly Tavernkeeper Babbling Bjerg Oblivious Islander
Censoring Skulls and BloodBesides being a good example, games and media content also have to be appropriate, avoiding causing players discomfort. Because of that, skulls and blood apparitions were also censored in many cards. With that, we can imagine that many
Shadow Islescards and Vladimir's followers were completely altered. And we are not wrong to think that way.
Censorship of Death and WarsAs skulls and blood can be uncomfortable, dead bodies and battlefields can too. To avoid this trauma to its players, countries decided to censor these elements too, mostly the images which show human beings in close danger. For instance, the champion Hecarim, who before was clearly in a war, but after the censorship we don't have hints of that anymore. Scuttlegeist Draven Besides censoring death and close danger, the color patterns were also altered, to look less "aggressive" and "scary", as we can see in Alpha Wildclaw:
Censoring sharp thingsAnimals with sharp teeth and claws point to violence and aggression, so some countries thought it convenient to censor them too in order to keep the game's greater well-being. Enraged Yeti Scarmaiden Reaver
Color ChangesAs we could see in the card Alpha Wildclaw, some cards also suffer color changes to seem less aggressive and violent. But instead of what we've seen before, there are some that
Honorable MentionsHere we will discuss some cards that changed so much that they deserve their own space to be analyzed and talked about. We will go from the simplest to the most drastic ones. The first honorable mention will go to Chempunk Pickpocket who, with the censorship, simply stopped being a pickpocket. Before we saw him stealing a wallet with a chempunk gadget, and now he is simply in an alley with an electric gun. We stress here the card Arachnoid Horror, which was censored in all ways possible in order to avoid discomfort. We have another card which was changed in a drastic way, ended up having to be redesigned and even lost the meaning of her name. The card Legion Saboteur, in order to take out mentions of war and murders, became a "lamp changer". In the end, we have the
most important of allhonorable mention. By the cards and their scenery, it is possible to discover a lot about Runeterra's story. And one of the crucial characters to Elise's story development was simply erased from most of her cards. Hapless Aristocrat, who was so excited to dine with Elise even brought her flowers, but that in the end was chased by Thresh and became the Spider Queen's dinner, is simply censored from most of his cards, because he is in close danger. The only mention left of his existence in the card's scenery were some roses he had in his hands. Arachnoid Sentry Arachnoid Host Frenzied Skitterer