One in-game configuration screen for Duke
Nukem 3D allows for the optional setting of a password that
will not allow adult mode to be turned on. Adult mode increases the
gore in the game as well as allowing captive women to be seen. For
several months in 1996-1997, Australians were only permitted to purchase
a specially modified version of this game
in which the adult mode was turned off permanently. Adult mode choices
were included by the game's developers to ensure parents could regulate
their children's access to some of the more controversial aspects of Duke
Nukem 3D if they wished to do so.
As Harvester can be
highly disturbing to many people, especially children, the game's developers
included features to optionally control the level of gore displayed on
screen and even to restrict access to the entire game. Such controls
operate on a password system similar to that used in Duke Nukem 3D.
developers chose to provide an optional internal censorship feature that
could allow for the screen to be blurred during many controversial violent
or sexual scenes. Regardless of censorship status, any scene may
be ended instantly through a single mouse click or by pressing the Esc
key on the player's computer keyboard. Even so, parental guidance
is still suggested for players aged 13-17 (17 being the minimum age suggested
for unsupervised play by the game's USA ESRB
M rating). Such warnings and features did not prevent Phantasmagoria
from being banned in Australia.
This in-game configuration screen from Phantasmagoria
allows for the setting up of optional censorship. If the gold button
near the word Uncensored is clicked on, the user will be prompted to create
a password. Once set, the game will resume in censored mode and can
only be changed back to uncensored mode using that same password.