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Desert Commander

original title: Sensha Senryaku: Sabaku no Kitsune


Censored Version
Region: Worldwide

Uncensored Version
Region: Japan

Release: Jan 13, 2015 - Author: Angertainment - Translator: DaxRider123
Japanese Original Package:

The war strategy game "Desert commander" was an early videogame variant of Risik and Battle-Isle. The title was slightly changed for its international version. A free translation of the Japanese title would be something like "Battle of Desert Fox" (which fits to the fox on the image). However, the title was not changed at random. The title "Desert Fox" was the nickname of Nazi commander Erwin Rommel during the Second World War. The original versioin revolves around exactly this group that fights against the allied forces, represented by the British. For the international version all references to Nazis, Rommel and Hitler were taken out. Even the Union Jack was altered. Just to be able to have a comparison to the Japanese cover, here is a picture of "Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel.

All Nazi symbols or contents with national socialist background that you can find in this report are there purely to document the censorship of this game. and its staff distance themselves from any national socialist and xenophobic mindset.
Here are the title screens of the games:
International VersionJapanese Version

This is the main screen of the battlefield. The German base is represented by a swastika which also becomes a moving cursor during combat. The International Version instead shows a star.
International VersionJapanese Version

During combat you can watch both your troops as well as the enemies' troops. Again, not only the Swastika, but also the Union Jack was altered.
International VersionJapanese Version

After a successful combat you get statistics of all units that you lost and those you defeated. The original version shows a portrait of Adolf Hitler and the imperial eagle on top of the chart. The international Version isntead shows a star.
International VersionJapanese Version