An ongoing project to document eroge with various types of censorship in an easily browsable and sortable spreadsheet
Sorting and manipulating data
Why are games that weren't censored included in the list?
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- Calling attention to eroge that were explicitly altered for English release, including removal of all sexual content or excision of certain types (e.g., loli)
- Highlighting eroge with non-adult versions that never saw a full, uncut adult release in English
- Identifying games with both adult and non-adult English versions to help Steam users and casual VN players discover eroge
- Providing a resource to facilitate restoration of cut or altered content in these titles
- Documenting original English erotic games with both adult and non-adult versions
- Documenting doujin/indie games that meet any of the other primary or secondary goals.
(Updated 3/2/16) I've split eroge into 3 tabs: Japanese original, professional (professional games originally in Japanese); non-English original, indie (amateur games originating in a non-English language); and English original (generally amateur). I decided to split off the non-English indie from the Japanese professional games to keep the main list from becoming inundated with the trashy DLsite titles now appearing on Steam. This is an attempt to try and maintain the comprehensiveness of the list without distracting from the core purpose of the project: documenting censorship of Japanese professional releases.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no single agreed upon definition of censorship. The broad definition I'm using includes types of information control that many would not consider objectionable or "censorship". For example, I consider Steam a censored platform because it does not allow titles with ero content regardless of market demand. Gaming news and review sites likewise exclude eroge from coverage with extreme prejudice. This creates an information gap where users who might be interested in adult titles are unable to buy them simply because they don't know about them. I'm interested in closing this gap.
Eroge with a non-adult release in English fall under Primary Goal 3, and thus will be included in the list. Titles will be included even if the Japanese adult release came after the Japanese non-adult release. If the English non-adult release mirrors the Japanese one, it will be marked "uncensored".
In summary, I'm documenting multiple types of censorship, and many users won't be interested in all of them. Don't grab your pitchforks simply because a game made the list. Please use the sort function to identify the types of censorship that interest you.
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Information from The Visual Novel Database (VNDB) serves as the foundation for most of the entries in my list. I indexed this information and supplemented it as necessary.
For Steam releases, I referenced Steam group Hentai!'s list of censored titles. Their list is slightly more inclusive than mine and provides some extra details about the releases. The list is worth checking out if you're primarily interested in Steam titles. Note that you must create a Steam account and join Steam group Hentai! to view the list.