Top 10 banned videogames

Freedom of speech? Bah! Who wants that? Games are clearly rotting humanity’s collective eternal soul and must be banned accordingly. The following collection of violent, titillating titles have offended censors all over the world. Some have been beaten to death by the banning bat for their gory deaths, others for displaying acts of girl-on-girl action, while one was even banned for having a two-headed cow. Really, just what is this world coming to?

10. Aliens Vs Predator
Banned in: Australia

Fair play to the Aussies on this one, they have done their homework. In the Office of Film and Literature Classification’s (OFLC) exhaustive breakdown of why it denied HR Giger’s finest a release, it cites the game’s high-impact violence as the main problem. Namely ‘explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes’. Ah well, at least games are given a thorough going over Down Under before they’re kiboshed.

9. Call of Duty: World at War
Banned in: Japan

A bit of a no brainier this. The game was refused a release in the Land of the Rising Sun because of its strong, gory violence against Japanese soldiers. Considering you can unlock specific achievements/ trophies for flame-grilling Japanese soldiers in trees, the ban is pretty understandable. We’d be slightly surprised if Japanese gamers wanted to spend half the game slaying their fellow digital countrymen, too.

8. Fallout 3
Banned in: India

Butchering make believe bovines is a huge no-no. Well, at least in India. Though the game lets you blow up a small town with a nuclear bomb and kill countless innocents, it was Fallout’s depictions of two-headed cows that secured Bethesda’s masterpiece a banning in India. The cow is a revered holy symbol to Indians, while Brahmin (the name for the fictional mutilated milk-gushers) was too similar to Brahmin, a group of Indian scholars.

7. Left 4 Dead 2
Banned in: Australia

The ban that inspired 170 Australians to dress up like the undead and march through the streets of Sydney as part of the Great Zombie Lurch. The march was organised in protest to Valve’s sequel being heavily modified before it could secure a MA15+ rating from the OFLC, after the original uncut version was denied classification. The game had to be stripped of all decapitations, incidents of dismemberment and piles of dead bodies before it could go on general release. The incident has since sparked a debate in the Australian government over the introduction of an R18+ rating for violent games.

6. Mass Effect
Banned in: Singapore

Attention gaming enthusiasts who live in Singapore: your country deems cross-species lesbian relations as amoral and any game that contains such content will be banned post-haste. This unfortunate fate befell Mass Effect, thanks to its now infamous sex scene. The ban didn’t last long, though, and the game has subsequently been released with an M18 rating. So now anyone who wants to buy the game in Singapore can feel like a dirty old man purchasing porn. Huzzah!

5. Dark Sector
Banned in: Australia

Good old high-impact violence. It goes together with slaughtering free speech like… eh, two things that go together really well. Swiftly glossing over our miserable simile skills, this Resi 4 impersonator left the censors all queasy thanks to the gratuitous spurts of blood that accompany finishers. The OFLC also lowered its glasses and tutted with disapproval at the censor baiting neck-breaking kills and ‘post action twitching body parts’. Clearly messing with a monster’s digital corpse is no laughing matter in Australia.

4. Grand Theft Auto IV
Banned in: United Arab Emirates

Niko Bellic’s amoral Balkan brand of brutality was banned in the UAE (along with many other regions) because of its objectionably violent content. The ban wasn’t exactly rigorously enforced, though, with Dubai’s airport selling out of all of its copies on the day of release.

3. Condemned 2: Bloodshot
Banned in: Germany

It seems the German authorities have an aversion to seeing crack heads getting their skulls smashed in by urine-soaked toilet seats. Condemned 2, like its predecessor, was banned in Germany due to its violent content. The original game was pulled off German shelves almost two years after its initial release thanks to the Representation of Violence Act. Bloodshot angered a different branch of the government, namely the BPjM, which analyses media works and their potentially harmful affects on young people.

2. Sexy Poker
Banned in: Australia

Not all Wii games are family-friendly fodder. Sometimes, like in this case of the ‘sexy’ card game, they can be sickening pieces of degrading filth not suitable for public consumption. Well, that’s what the good ol’ OFLC thought anyway, when they refused to grant the game classification. It means Sexy Poker has the esteemed honour of being the only WiiWare game to be refused a release. However, Aussie gamers desperate for a bit of anime grot can take advantage of a sneaky workaround. If they switch their Wii’s region settings to New Zealand (where the game isn’t banned) they can download it with their Australian Nintendo Points, which work on Kiwi machines.

1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Banned in: Saudi Arabia

Hardly a shocker considering a significant portion of the game looks like it could pass for downtown Riyadh (that’s the Saudi Arabian capital – don’t say we’re never educational). Infinity Ward’s acclaimed shooter was officially banned by the Ministry of Information because of cruelty and violence against Islamic soldiers. How does slitting Alsatians throats count as cruelt… oh.

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  • timothy-dunn - March 15, 2012 11:21 p.m.

    dude the people in india let the cow piss on them for religous purposes.... and come on video games is the best ejication we got your just jelos becus u are a your not even noob cuz thats a new player... your just stupid! and the arabs have pubic hairs growing on thee head r they realy even considerd people i mean im the one that paid there mother to fuck a goat and that how they came into existenc... (sorry people for cursing the world i was high). and you say baa! to freedom of speech! if so, then you would make a better statment by simply not having a imput on anything....
  • chrishoughton - July 26, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    you know its kinda of stupid to ban these sort of games rally. it only makes the public want to go a find a copy of the game to play. its really a good marketing strategy really when you look it at.
  • Dividesbyzer0 - July 26, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    oh btw red dead redemption is banned in united arab emirates why? the dastardly achievement.
  • Bl4ckH4ck - January 1, 2010 5:47 a.m.

    seriously ppl need to lighten upp for example i live in Australia and i was pissed off when i heard about the ban on L4D2 and then i seen the other games that were banned their are games here that are probably worse although i can understand games that are bannedc cos u kill ur own ppl but who wud buy it any way if ur killin ur own ppl ? idk in whole i think ppl need to lighten up
  • sveini22 - December 19, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    seriusly did they banned call of duty 4 just because we can shoot islamic soliders. what about all WW2 games where we shoot german nazi´s.
  • sexyman500 - December 18, 2009 1:29 p.m.

    alien vs predator ain't banned in OZ anymore hell yeah
  • Onedown - December 18, 2009 4:05 a.m.

    Hey GR, did you guys replace an article from last year with stuff from this year because it sure seems like it. Especially since most of these comments are about games that aren't on the list or complaining about games that should have been even though they are.
  • Xplosive59 - December 17, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    hard to think that a country that was used as a refuge for criminals in the 1800s would be so against crimes in games. and by my recall didnt sexy poker get a 1 from this site, so banning it just takes away the torture
  • xenon - December 17, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    Do you really believe that since in COD:WaW the Japanese are the enemies and die in brutal ways, a *ban* on such game is understandable? I think lackluster sales would be understandable, a ban is just wrong.
  • Persona - December 16, 2009 5:17 a.m.

    damn... Australia.. OFLC... Whooo wee. Me tinks we beat Germany :S
  • sgloomy - December 16, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    Australia Apparently bans a lot of games!!!
  • QWERTYCommander - December 15, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    Why is everyone mentioning Pokemon if it isn't on the list?
  • Sebastian16 - December 15, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    Low blow at the end of the CoD4 explanation. Lowwww blow.
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - December 15, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    35th! Bam!
  • country1st - October 3, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    So did Russia Ban Cod 4 it takes place in Russia with Westerners killing Russians i think right. they're fuking games let people play them wow if you don't want kid play them just sell them to parents only.
  • AlexMercer1337 - October 1, 2009 5:38 a.m.

    OMG! Pokemon is sooo bad! BURN IT!!! F@%#ING BURN IT! before IT'S TOO LATE!!
  • hybrid616 - September 30, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    i think i was about 12 when GTA san andreas was released here in the UK. all the kids in my year thought it was cool (in an ALL-WHITE school) to say "homie" at the end of every sentence and swear like ryder. so games DO affect kids... the stupid ones...
  • mentalityljs - September 17, 2009 3:14 a.m.

    Humans are violent, oppressive, and sexual by nature! To deny people of these things in a virtual world COULD (not WILL) cause them to want to act them out in the real world. I know, it can go both ways, right? Who gives a shit! Like I said, it's already in our blood, so gimme the guns, gimme the guts, gimme the sluts and the drugs, I WANT IT ALL!
  • timothy-dunn - March 15, 2012 11:24 p.m.

    completly agreed!
  • Hexar - July 19, 2009 6:38 a.m.

    I'm with afroninjakatana here I saw quite a few copies of The Guy Game when it first came out and it remained there, I never heard any ban on it and the damn thing didn't go away. And mind you I lived in Utah at the time. So it may have become banned the US, but it certainly wasn't at first and the article leads you to believe otherwise..

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