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Sunday, November 17, 2013

This has been a tough weekend for 16-year-old male student Raymond Wang. He has been a student at the League School of Greater Boston since 2007. He had fun on Friday night until one moment where he reached the Bulbapedia page about the censor introduced in Pokémon Black and White that prevents certain profane or sensitive words from being used as nicknames. The censor was updated in Pokémon X and Y to prevent inputs that contain the forbidden sequence of letters, but this has resulted in the censorship of many seemingly innocent words and phrases. In the early hours of Saturday 11/16, he visited multiple threads on multiple social websites, including Reddit, GameFAQs, etc., reading about people’s problems with the censor. He worried that his favorite Shakespeare name Clitus got censored in the game. It does, but we will get to that later. In the morning, Ray woke up, brushed his teeth, and got in the car with his 13-year-old brother Bryan, as Dad drove the boys to a program known as the Splash program. At 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Dad gave Ray the 3DS owned by Bryan, in hopes of getting Ray to calm down. Bryan started his journey in Pokémon Y a few weeks ago, under the Trainer name of “KBF123” and generally allows Ray to use the file as long as Ray does not save. Ray then confirmed what he had feared; the name Clitus does get censored in the game. Ray was very disappointed. A few minutes later, Ray told Bryan that the name “HM Slave” was a censored name. It is a popular nickname for Bidoof and its evolution Bibarel as it can learn multiple hidden moves.

When Ray finally got back home last night, while walking around in the front yard, he said to himself under his breath, “They have received more shock value from me in the last 24 hours than they usually get from me in a month.”

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