11 Video Games That Have Been Banned - And The Reasons Why
The Guy Game
Censorship in video games has never been uncommon. Game studios take games to the next level all the time, and there's almost always someone trying to stop them. Here are 11 video games that have been banned, and the reasons why.
Of course it's fitting that Rockstar Games shows up on this list. They push the boundaries everyday, and fair warning, you'll see them again on this list. When they made the decision to dip into the world of snuff porn in the game, it saw brutal backlash.
Manhunt 2 was "refused classification" in the UK. Which basically means it's way to messed up to even receive a rating. Rockstar went back into the game to edit out gore and content. The game was banned from sale in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
Ok, this is one of those games that's so completely F**Ked up, it definitely deserved to be banned. The game was released in 2006 by a Japanese studio and was met with immediate criticism. The game puts you in the shoes of a sexual predator with the task of having sex with a mother and her two daughters by force.
Rapelay has been banned in multiple countries after its release. It's illegal to sell the game in Argentina, Indonesia and New Zealand. In the United States, it has a rating of AO and retailers are unable to sell it. However, it can be purchased online.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Ok, just for that stupid long-ass name, this game should be banned. But in all seriousness, it is the only game to ever be banned nationwide in Mexico. The opening sequence does not paint the city of Ciudad Juarez in a good light.
In the game, you work with the Mexican government to clear out guerillas in the city street. the Mayor of Juarez was not happy with the way the game portrayed the city, prompting its immediate ban.
Postal 2 has one of those concepts that are pretty far out there. In the game, you start out as an ordinary guy who increasingly grows with rage until he finally snaps and you guessed it - goes postal.
New Zealand has banned the game citing "Gross, abhorrent content: Urination, high impact violence, animal cruelty, homophobia, racial and ethnic stereotypes." the penalty for owning a copy of the game is a $1400 fine.
For as long as video games have been around, people have been trying to make them dirty. That's no exception to 1982's Atari game, Custer's Revenge. The game puts you in the shoes of horny General Custer who walks around with a pixelated erection and boinks Native American's tied to poles. Really classy stuff, right?
The game caused outrage and panic when anti-sex feminist Andrea Dworkin claimed it had "generated many gang rapes of Native American women." Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed a law that made selling the game illegal within city lines.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game
Wait, what? What country would ban Pokemon? Enter Saudi Arabia. The heavily Muslim country banned both the trading card game and the electronic game. Pikachu was seen as a threat to national security.
Why is that? Because the symbols used for energy resembled "the star of David, which everyone knows is connected to the international Zionism and is Israel's national emblem." Promoting Zionism is a big no-no in Saudi Arabia forcing the game out of the country.
Grand Theft Auto
GTA has been subject to pushback all over the world for its glorification of violence and mayhem. One country however, Thailand, has actually take the step to ban the game entirely due to some real-life consequences.
In 2008, a young man named Polwat Chino hailed a Bangkok taxi and when it was time to pay for the ride, pulled out a knife and stabbed the driver to death. When cops picked him up, he blamed Grand Theft Auto for his actions. He said "Killing seemed easy in the game."
Command And Conquer: Generals
A game doesn't necessarily need to be violent or sexual to be banned. Sometimes all you have to do is blow up a country to be banned. Command and Conquer: Generals is the seventh installment in the series and allows players to take command of either the United States, China or a decentralized terrorist force attacking both.
In the game's story mode, a nuclear device destroys Beijing. Which was enough to piss off the government to a point where they felt the need to ban the game entirely.
Bullying has been a frequent talking point in the recent years and when Rockstar decided to bring the subject into gaming form, the hammer was brought down. The game lets you play as an English schoolboy trying to navigate through boarding school.
Rio Grande Do Sul, the southern most provence of Brazil claimed the game could be "potentially harmful" to teenagers. There is a fine of 1000 Brazilian reals per day on anybody selling or even owning the game.
EA Sports MMA
Ok, so this game was banned for a pretty weird reason. Was it the kicks to the face? The punches to the gut? Nope. None of those. Denmark banned the game over energy drinks. EA Sports MMA featured in-game advertisements for the caffeine and sugar concoctions before fights which is against the law in the country.
Instead of EA making an alternative version without the ads, they decided it wasn't worth the time and let it continue being banned.
The Guy Game
The only game to get banned in the United States was 2004's The Guy Game. It was the only title ever made by Top Heavy Studios, and the Xbox version pulled in a 47 on Meta Critic.
The game featured multiple choice trivia questions. When you answered a question correctly, you were rewarded with young women taking their tops off in Girls Gone Wild type video.
Unfortunately, for Top Heavy, one of the girls they featured was 17 years old and the company was now in violation of child pornography statutes. A lawsuit quickly followed and the game and studio were quickly forgotten.
What other games would you like to add to the list? Are there any games that haven't been banned that you think should? Let me know in the comments.