The lights are on
Saints Row: The Third's release in Japan got a little less amusing.
A THQ representative told Game Informer that, due to stricter guidelines, the publisher had to remove the veins and physics from the in-game Penetrator weapon for its release in Japan. The Penetrator is a melee weapon comprised of a three-foot long purple phallus attached to the handle of a baseball bat. "Depiction of genital parts" are prohibited, and Japan considered the bat to be in violation of that.
[Update: A THQ spokesperson clarified to say that physics for the bat are still intact. Just the physical features were removed.]
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Saints Row: The Third releases on November 15 in North America and Europe and November 17 in Japan.
[Update: A photo of the altered bat has been added]