Yup, recently after playing Super Turbo and watching some vids it hit me: blood and sweat are nowadays 100% missing from fighting games.
And I’m not talking Mortal Kombat: Even Street Fighter had it’s small spplotches, just enough to emphasise stuff. I loaded up #Reload, then Accent Core. #Reload was actually quite a bit bloody, but Accent Core has been sanitized. For some Eddie stuff, they even colored what was once red Black, e.g. throw. Just like BlazBlue.
I checked further, it’s almost everywhere. Samurai Showdown, last version, no matter what you are told of the reasons: clean. Fatal Fury: clean. Street Fighter 4 at least uses aesthetic Ink, which is nice. King of Fighters: Choi, don’t come in, you won’t like this.
Now, I am not a blood and gore freak in any sense but this struck me as somewhat… strange? I mean, it was simply a little touch to make things look more visceral and instead we get something that looks like something from 4kids: oh no, swords, we can’t have blood with swords!! Naruto and OnePiece run in Japanese public TV and actually are pretty violent, but when dealing with fighting games you suddenly do the big “Clean Sweep”.
I once heard the Japanese government is behind that but when looking at Japanese TV, I can hardly fathom that.
So, anybody got a good clue as to why the things have evolved in the way they are now?