A paranoid president, energy drinks and a neighboring country that is a little crazy are just some of the very bizarre reasons why games have been banned from marketing around the world. Let's find out the full list
Every country in the world has its own set of values and laws, so it makes a lot of sense that some countries consider it appropriate to ban the sale of games that they consider problematic. For example, no one will be surprised to find that Muslim countries ban the sale of games with sexual content and will not raise an eyebrow when they hear about countries like Australia where games with particularly violent content are not allowed.
But sometimes the reasons for the ban are so extraordinary that you could not believe they were at all real. So here are the most bizarre reasons why games have been banned for sale in different countries of the world.
God of War - United Arab Emirates
In the UAE there are really no laws banning the import of violent games, so what exactly bothered them in the adventures of Kratos you ask? If you played God of War you probably remember that in some episodes female characters appear in full or partial nudity, and that Kratos tends to have fun with them in blatantly immodest ways. And you would think that is why a Muslim country would ban the game for sale, but then you would only be half right. The main reason was the word "GOD" which appears in the name of the game. Yap, according to the UAE the very use of the word "God" is sacrilege and therefore the whole series was banned from distribution in the country.
Football Manager 2005 - China
Ok, so given that we all know that the People's Republic of China censors its citizens to the point that it filters the Internet for them, it's probably not surprising that there are quite a few games it does not allow them to play. But what was the crime of Football Manager 2005, an innocent game of managing football teams? Well, the answer is politics.
According to the game, Taiwan and Tibet are presented as independent states, while official China for years has not acknowledged Taiwan's claims and the Tibet region's independence. Sega, by the way, apologized to China and released a revised version for them.
Saints Row 4 - Australia
Australia is a very, very conservative country when it comes to computer games, and it has a pretty long list of games that are considered too violent for sale for it. But the reason for the ban on Saints Row 4 Definitely particularly weird. In the game, Nash appearedK as an "alien anal probe", and for the Australian government this name encourages sexual violence. Go understand.
Battlefield 3 - Iran
The truth is that you too might have been upset if a computer game had introduced an invasion of a hostile country into your country. Relations between Iran and the United States have also been sensitive since the XNUMXs, and the Iranians were not exactly enthusiastic about a game in which the country's army invaded the streets of their capital, Tehran.
Counter Strike - Brazil
Most countries in the world would be happy to have their representation in computer games, but not when they display the parts they would like to sweep under the rug probably. The Brazilian government, for example, did not really approve of the Favela map in the counter-strike, which simulates the horrific slums of poverty in which quite a few residents live in huts and house fragments. Therefore for a long time the game was banned for sale in the country, although a few years ago the Brazilian government decided to go back on it and lower the ban.
EA Sports MMA - Denmark
While European countries often ban the sale of games for logical reasons such as excessive violence, Denmark had a rather special reason for banning the sale of EA's MMA sports game. The reason? There is a law in the country that prohibits the publication of energy drinks, while in the game you can find quite a few mentions of them as sponsors, such as the energy drink of Rockstar.
EA incidentally refused to replace the commercials because it claimed it wanted to maintain its viability, and chose to simply give up selling the game entirely in Denmark.
Splinter Cell II: Pandora Tomorrow - אינדונזיה
In 2004 when the game was released, the president of Indonesia was sure for some delusional reason that the name of one of the fictional guerrilla groups in Pandora Tomorrow called Darah dan Doa, in direct translation "blood and prayer" is actually an implicit threat to his life. How he came to such a conclusion is not entirely clear, but it was enough for him to ban the sale of the game within the country.
Homefront - South Korea
If you played Homefront, you probably remember that the plot of the game takes place in a fictional reality in which North Korea managed to invade and take over the US. So why did South Korea decide to ban the import of the game? Maybe they did not want North Korea to hear about it and get ideas, So they decided to block it only for safety.
Super Mario - Venezuela
In 2009 the Venezuelan government decided to impose a ban on the import and sale of any game that allows shooting, as part of their war on much violence in the country. The problem was that the law, whose definition was quite broad, also included games rated "for the whole family," like Super Mario. Yes, the fact that Mario could fire fireballs was enough to make the game be classified as "violent" by the Venezuelan government.
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