Gematsu: Sega halts sales of Judgement (JP) after actor Pierre Taki arrested on cocaine charges

Nov 15, 2017
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Absurd that they're this harsh regarding drug use. Japan's societal priorities are fucked up.

I've been playing every single game from this studio since 2005 and this baffles me..
Drug uses are heavily punished in many Eastern Asian countries. If you are caught do it your performing career is literally done, happened in China, Korea and Japan all the time. These countries (especially China and Korea) were plagued by drugs like opium in the 1800s so there are historic reasons.
 
Jul 24, 2018
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Godddamn shame as Taki really steals the show as Hanamura. I understand why in a professional sense a company would terminate their contract with someone who broke the law, but to effectively erase his career is a bit much to say the least.
 
Mar 20, 2019
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Godddamn shame as Taki really steals the show as Hanamura. I understand why in a professional sense a company would terminate their contract with someone who broke the law, but to effectively erase his career is a bit much to say the least.
It's more about the social side of the issue. This is by no means a comparison, but imagine an American actor providing character model for a AAA game was found drawing a noose and convicted of hate crime, you bet the company will try to scrub away everything about him in the game. That's the level of seriousness people view doing drugs in many Asian countries.
 
Jul 24, 2018
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It's more about the social side of the issue. This is by no means a comparison, but imagine an American actor providing character model for a AAA game was found drawing a noose and convicted of hate crime, you bet the company will try to scrub away everything about him in the game. That's the level of seriousness people view doing drugs in many Asian countries.
Right, like I said, I find it to be ridiculous because all he has really done is hurt himself. I understand why they would seize working with him, and perhaps getting blacklisted, but effectively erasing him is a bit much.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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It's more about the social side of the issue. This is by no means a comparison, but imagine an American actor providing character model for a AAA game was found drawing a noose and convicted of hate crime, you bet the company will try to scrub away everything about him in the game. That's the level of seriousness people view doing drugs in many Asian countries.
So, are you saying it's going to be a while before Japan legalizes medical cannabis?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Godddamn shame as Taki really steals the show as Hanamura. I understand why in a professional sense a company would terminate their contract with someone who broke the law, but to effectively erase his career is a bit much to say the least.
We are all victims of Japanese ridiculousness regarding drug laws.

And don't even get me started about their censorship laws. Pixelating stuff that definitely should not be pixelated!
 
I find the wording of Sega's Tweet a little weird. They are "adjusting" his character and voice actor. So are they giving his character white powder around his nose and having him re-record his lines, while off his face on coke ? lol

Why not just say they are changing the character and voice actor ?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Yeah the wording seems like a voluntary euphemism, like they're trying to attenuate the importance of the change relative to the offense made by the actor. Then again, that could just be my interpretation.

Most likely, they're going to create an entirely new face and rerecord all the lines with another actor.