Pokemon, Battlefield + 6 Other Video Games That Were Banned in Some Countries

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There are plenty of different video game genres, some of which are quite violent and gory. And since they became incredibly popular, they also got surrounded by a lot of controversies. Some of them get a warning label, but some get banned for good.  

Nexter.org prepared you a list of 8 games that got removed from the shelves in some countries.

Pokemon

Source: Nintendo

In 2001 Pokemon got banned in Saudi Arabia for a variety of reasons. For example, card-trading which this game involves supposedly promotes gambling among children, some of the symbols on the cards apparently were reminiscent of Islamic religious symbols, which was not cool, and moreover, it promoted blasphemy, Zionism, and many other bad things.

The situation with Pokemon Go was no different. But on top of all the mentioned things, this game was also teaching young kids about evolution which is absolutely discredited by Islam.

 

Silent Hill: Homecoming

Source: IMDb

In 2008 the Australian censors banned Silent Hill: Homecoming because of the graphic nature of the game, extreme violence, gore, blood and torture scenes. By the way, the previous games in this series got the MA15+ but this one went straight to the ban list.

 

Football Manager 2005

Source: Dream Team

The name of this game is pretty self-explanatory, you play as a manager of a football team. You basically do all the paper and business work. So why would anyone ban such an innocent game?

Well, the Ministry of Culture in China decided that this game is “harmful to the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The problem is that Football Manager 2005 dared to recognize Taipei of Taiwan, the Hong Kong-Macao region, and Tibet as independent countries.

 

Wolfenstein

Source: Instant Gaming

So, the basic idea of this game is Hero vs. Nazis and for obvious reasons, it got banned in Germany. Although, in 2014 it was released again but only because Bethesda did some big changes in the game for the German market. Nazis were changed to the Regime, and all the triggering symbols were changed.

 

Manhunt and Manhunt 2

Source: YouTube

In 2004 Stefan Pakeerah, a 14-year-old boy from England was beaten to death with a hammer by a 17-year-old friend who was reportedly obsessed with this game. Stefan’s mother began a campaign against Manhunt, and it was removed from shelves across the country.

Manhunt 2 which was released three years later met the same fate. This time the UK was also joined by Ireland.

 

Left 4 Dead 2

Source: Steam

Left 4 Dead 2 wasn’t actually banned, but it was unavailable for five years after its initial release. When the game was released, it joined the line for Australia’s rating board but got unrated and thus unsold. They didn’t like the graphic nature of it.

At the time, Australia was reevaluating its rating system. And this time it kind of passed the board review but got tagged with an R18+ rating.

 

Battlefield 3

Source: Instant Gaming

Battlefield 3 includes a big assault on the capital of Iran and obviously, they didn’t like it and banned the game. It got very serious, people who had copies of it even got arrested.  

But since Battlefield 3 was never actually released in Iran and all the copies were pirated it was a good thing for both sides.

 

Fallout 3

Source: Steam

For quite a long time, the strictest rating a game in Australia could be given was MA15+, which means that to play it you have to be 15 and older. If the game gets unrated, it doesn’t get sold. Fallout 3 went unrated, because of its references to drug use. So, Bethesda fictionalized their chems to get an MA15+ rating and an unbanning.

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There are plenty of different video game genres, some of which are quite violent and gory. And since they became incredibly popular, they also got surrounded by a lot of controversies. Some of them get a warning label, but some get banned for good.   Nexter.org prepared you a list of 8 games that got removed from the shelves in some countries.
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