Game developers sometimes have to make
compromises so that their games get lower age rating, but there are more than a
few interesting cases of censorship throughout the last couple of decades.
Today we are going to focus on the most curious examples, as sometimes games
get banned for the weirdest reasons possible.
Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under
Pressure – Australia is probably the record holder when it comes to the number
of banned videogames, but why would they forbid selling a game that has nothing
to do with violence? Well, in the case of Marc Ecko, the local government
thought that the problem is the ability to spray the walls with graffiti, which
is considered as a promotion of the illegal activity.
EA Sports MMA – Could you guess why
was this game not allowed to sell in Denmark? Yes, MMA is a brutal sport, but
that is not the reason. While Danish censors don’t mind if you make someone’s
face a bloody mess and break a few bones, the problems were banners for energy
drinks, which are strictly forbidden in this Scandinavian nation. EA refused to
change the game because the Danish market is too small anyway.
Far Cry 3 – Indonesia decided to forbid
selling this game, but again, not because of violence. They reason that this
game is sending the message that living in Indonesia is like hell. We would
understand that, but the thing is, this game is set in the fictional island,
and during the story, this country is not mentioned even once!
Homefront – This game is set in an
alternative universe where North Korea managed to conquer the United States,
and you are a member of the resistance trying to free the “Land of the
free.” Still, this game was banned in South Korea, because the locals
thought that this kind of story would probably upset North Koreans who are
Football Manager 2005 – Can you
imagine why was this football simulation banned in China? The thing is, in this
game, Tibet is seen as an independent country, and not a part of China, so
selling the game was not allowed. Developers Sports Interactive then made a
special version only for this market, as the Chinese market is too important
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Again,
the violence is not the reason why this game was banned in Pakistan. The
problem is that this nation is represented in a negative light, and if someone
were caught selling it, he would go straight to the jail!
from Grand Theft Auto series, Mortal Kombat, xxx games, and even Assassin’s
Creed are banned in some parts of the world like Saudi Arabia, but thanks to
digital distribution, it’s almost impossible for governments to stop gamers
from playing them. It’s doubtful that censorship will end, but at least in the
last couple of years, banning a video game was a rare occasion.