Banned in Europe

But let's rewind a few years. The issue started when Mortal Kombat was famously censored on Nintendo machines while Sega owners were given the full blood mode – enabled by a simple cheat code entry. Blood used to be the main problem.

The House of the Dead's home iteration shipped with the green blood, although there was a cheat that allowed you to change the colour back to red… or to other colours. There was even a blue blood option for the royals. But does it really make a difference?

Apparently yes. Case in point: Carmageddon. This PC driving game was initially banned outright in the UK as it allowed you to run over innocent pedestrians (pictured), as well as sheep, cattle and other animals. The censors allowed an edited version to be released, with different sprites.

Yup, zombies. It was still the same game at heart, but you weren't actually killing anything, because technically each figure was already dead. Never mind the fact you're still sending entrails flying across the hood of your car. Think of it as offal. Because that's OK.

Nowadays, the game looks its age so nobody's going to be shocked by it – unless it's at the shoddy quality of the graphics by today's standards.

Above: Is she scared of being run over, or just appalled by the mess of shapes that qualified as a car in 1997?


  • Cogglesz - October 18, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    My girlfriend is from Greece and so i went with her on holiday last year, i wondered why i never seen any game specialist stores that sell only games.
  • FETALJUICE - October 3, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    Loved the Mortal Kombat stuff. Shit, I love my games brutal but that stuff shown in Manhunt 2 was GRISLY as hell!
  • dimomarg - October 2, 2009 5:27 a.m.

    madness? THIS IS ATHENS!!! but no matter what these idiots do... I doubt they will notice steam.... lol
  • Satu - September 30, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Probotector? Honestly? That sounds like a pro-bot detector. Also, did the Germans never consider that killing robots and aliens is as wrong as killing humans if they are self-aware? Apparently not... oh I can see the rest of this comment descending into murky territory, so I'll just cut it off there.
  • loonyman978 - September 30, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    How old is this article? and only one comment?! ah hell, second!
  • nightcrawler31 - September 17, 2008 7:46 a.m.

    lol mortal combat FIRST!

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