So we all know a game or to that have been banned for some good reason but some games have been banned for stupid reasons and today we are looking at them.
source : Whatcuture.com
9. Marc Eckō’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Banned In Australia For Graffiti
Marc Eckō is an American fashion designer. Already that phrase being involved with a video game should cause a certain amount of apprehension.
To its credit, Marc Eckō’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (just ‘Getting Up’ from this point) is actually a pretty solid game. It’s a kind of Grand Theft Auto meets Jet Set Radio with a really decent soundtrack.
The game follows the story of Trane as he uncovers a city-wide conspiracy concerning gentrification (this came out in 2006, mind) and involves quite a bit of ‘tagging’. There is a lot of graffiti-focused plot in this game and that was a problem for the Australian government.
The Federal Classification Review Board claimed the game contained real life graffiti artists and showed kids how to commit the crime (once again, a major plot point involves gentrification and death squads). Like in most countries, graffiti is illegal in Australia. Unlike most countries, the game was effectively banned down under.
Australia is actually surprisingly conservative when it comes to video games.
Not to throw too much logic here but surely it would be better for kids to tag in a game than in real life?
8. Football Manager 2005 Banned In China Because Of Taiwan
If you love football and video games but hate the real time fast paced excitement of a game of FIFA, you’re probably a Football Manager fan – or you’re just really into budgeting. Football Manager is perfect for budgeting fans.
FIFA and Football Manager both have strong fanbases. Both are great titles, but only Football Manager drew anger from China.
Oh yeah, they really p**sed off China.
Football Manager 2005 featured Taiwan and Tibet as separate autonomous countries rather than implied regions of the People’s Republic. China doesn’t recognise Tibet as a separate nation, and the relationship between China and Taiwan is a whole other complicated situation.
China’s Ministry of Culture promptly banned the simulator, stating that it could “pose harm to the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
The oddest thing about this story is that the game was never officially released in China, but gained notoriety and publicity from players downloading it off the internet. This is especially odd as the Ministry of Culture also stated many of China’s citizens were angry over the addition of Tibet and Taiwan.
7. Pokémon Banned In Saudi Arabia For Gambling And Zionism
Does anyone still play Pokémon Go? Yes, it can get tedious and really the Poké-Stops are the best feature, especially for finding lesser known points of interest.
Most of the criticism directed at Pokémon Go was over how just how absorbing was. People walked off cliffs or got into car accidents all because they needed that Jynx, there and then (this is a joke. No-one ever needs Jynx).
So though you may not be surprised to learn it was banned, what if we said it was because it promotes gambling and a Zionist agenda? That’s a real curveball. +100 EXP.
In 2016, Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa (a pretty serious edict) against playing the game. Ignoring for a moment that Pokémon revolves around forcing animals to fight one another, Pokémon Go wasn’t actually the first time a fatwa was ordered against the franchise – rather it was a renewal to remind people how evil pocket monsters are.
The issue was initially focused on the Pokémon trading cards in 2001. The image that allegedly promotes Zionism is the white normal energy symbol, a six pointed star vaguely reminiscent of the Star of David.
What edicts the Saudi royal family decides to issue is up to them – different strokes and all – but Pokémon promoting gambling? Give us a pikaclue.
6. Mass Effect Banned In Singapore For Lesbian Sex
The original Mass Effect was banned in Singapore for a very specific incident. For the benefit of anyone who’s not played it you are given a choice to play as the female or male version of Commander Shepard.
You should always play as female Shepard as the voice actor actually sounds human. It’s this ability to fight and love as either gender that prompted the game’s banning.
If you like to think outside the box (the box in this analogy is ‘human’), you can have female Shep enter a relationship with the Asari, Liara.
And this is where Singaporean censors took issue: the portrayal of a sexual encounter between two women.
Equal representation of straight and gay characters aside, the ban itself is pretty out there when you understand two points of context.
The Asari are not strictly female as their species only has one gender that closely resembles the human female in appearance.
The other point of context is that Shep and Liara aren’t even the same species. It does seem absurd to ban something over homosexuality but not interspecies sex.
The ban was eventually lifted, but the logic behind it remains lost.
5. The Darkness Banned In Singapore For Violence…Then Not
Released in 2007, The Darkness is based on the popular comic book of the same name.
The game and comic and whatever other medium it happens to appear in follows Jackie Estacado, a Mafioso who receives unholy powers from an entity named ‘The Darkness’.
Using his new powers, which mostly manifest as two eel-like tentacle creatures, Jackie paints the town red by going on a violent rampage through New York. This violent rampage can become an obscenely violent rampage, depending on the player’s personal tastes.
Now it’s not rare that a game gets banned for violence – Venezuela banned shooting games altogether, for example. So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise when The Darkness was banned in Singapore for excessive violence.
Not surprising, no, but what makes this ban ridiculous is that it was eventually lifted but only for the PS3 version.
The Darkness was multi-platform and the initial ban covered all consoles, so why was it only dropped for one version? It’s an honest question; Singaporean readers please get in touch!
4. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City Banned In Brazil For Copyright Infringement
It was only a matter of time before we heard from good old Grand Theft Auto. You know this game makes kids want to commit crimes, kill prostitutes, and create a Joker-esque level of chaos in society? Please note none of these claims has been backed up with hard scientific evidence.
Grand Theft Auto is well known for its controversies, but it’s the Grand Theft Auto IV expansion The Ballad Of Gay Tony that is of particular note here. The controversy didn’t particularly derive from any particular action a player can take, but because of some music.
‘Ballad’ features a song in its soundtrack called ‘Conga Kid’ by Daniel Haaksman featuring MC Miltinho. The song is said to have used an unauthorised sample of Brazilian composer Hamilton da Silva Lourenço.
To make matters even more loco the voice singing in ‘Conga Kid’ is Lourenço’s own son.
Lourenço sued Rockstar and Brazilian courts ordered that the add-on should be banned not only in Brazil but worldwide. All this seems to have come up when Rockstar produced papers apparently incorrectly signed by Lourenço.
Wading through the fine points of copyright law is somewhat difficult; doing so in Brazil, which banned a game from America which used music sung by a Brazilian and produced by a German, is just downright baffling.
3. EA Sport MMA Banned In Denmark For Promoting Energy Drink
MMA is pretty brutal. It takes a great amount of conditioning and work to be a professional mixed martial artist, but at the end of the day every fight comes down to who is the best at violence.
Combat sports in general are often looked on in a lower regard than team sports, and it’s down to the fact people will pay good money to watch two competitors beat the happiness out of each other.
Violence doesn’t come into Denmark’s ban on EA Sports MMA though: that’s all down to beverages.
MMA relies on a heavy amount of sponsorship from certain energy drink brands. You may have noticed several subtle logos on the octagon, fight shorts, tabards, the cage supports, the very short subliminal messages (that last one may be a lie).
The inclusion of these product placements gives the game a more realistic look, but it does also break a law in Denmark banning the advertising of energy drinks.
Rather than censor out the references, EA decided not to send the game to Denmark and compromise their artistic integrity.
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us Banned In The UAE For Because Of Gods
First of all the game and its sequel, the astonishingly titled Injustice: Gods Among Us 2, are great. The name(s) of the game(s) are/is a bit stupid. It’s a stupid title for a pretty dope game, but the title is very important to some people.
In the United Arab Emirates the game is officially banned, not because the UAE tend to lean more towards Marvel, but because of that word ‘Gods’ in the title.
There has never been an official reason given – it’s mostly speculation from retailers who were told not to stock the game – but the going theory is that the word ‘Gods’ is taken to refer to pantheism and not recognising one true God.
What’s worse is that the game initially proved very popular at Middle East Comic Con before its initial launch, so they gave fans a taste only for the game never to be available to the general public.
Warner Brothers went through the effort of renaming the game The Mighty Among Us for the regional release. They did however neglect to change the disc art where the word Gods was still present, rendering it futile.
1. Fallout 3 Banned In Australia For Morphine Abuse
Fallout 3 is heavily edited for the Japanese version. If you’ve played the game and decided to side with those jerks in Tenpenny Tower, and you have an idea of what Hiroshima is famous for, you can really see why.
It’s not banned or censored due to fear that it will cause copycat actions. It’s due to its reminding people of an incredibly dark chapter in their history.
For this reason the Japanese edits are sound. The Australian ones, however, are a different story.
Australia initially banned Fallout 3 because of all the morphine. There is so much morphine in Fallout and the fact that it helps the player without any real long term side effects made the Australian government nervous.
Not wanting to portray obvious drug use, they flat out banned the game. Now most people will wonder: ‘Why? There’s no morphine in Fallout 3.’ That’s because the ban was lifted when Bethesda changed morphine to Med-X.
The change was pretty easy to make and the decision to give morphine a fictional name to retain the Australian market was a no-brainer. This ban is pretty amazing as a whole fictional product was created just to deal with the issue. It makes one wonder what future edits censorship will bring to the internet.