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Punishment 101 06-26-2007 12:52 PM

Top 10 BANNED Video Games
Manhunt 2 may be the hot topic today following the BBFC's questionable decision to reject the game and refusal to give it a classification (thus making it illegal to sell in the UK) but banning games is more worryingly common than you may realise. Here's 10 games that have been gagged across the world...

10. 50 Cent Bulletproof
Banned in: Australia
Why? The Australian censor is notoriously heavy handed and ranks as one of the most ban-happy boards in the world. While the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) accepted the foul language, drug use and excessive violence in Fiddy's actually-quite-rubbish vanity exercise they were turned off by the slow motion counter-kills - specifically the ones involving knives and on-screen blood splatter. To be brutally honest is was no great loss...

9. Commandos Behind Enemy Lines
Banned in: Germany
Why? Germany enforces extremely strict censorship on videogames, and as such game publishers will often do a special Teutonic version to pacify the examiners. An oft quoted example is the use of green blood which marks out the character being killed as an 'alien', making it more acceptable. Commandos was banned on a more obvious technicality: an issue with missions that involve allied soldiers going on missions to kill Nazis, and use of the swastika.

8. Pokemon
Banned in: Saudi Arabia
Why? One of the more bizarre bannings has religious foundations - in 2001 Pokemon and all its associated spin-off games were the subject of a fatwa in Saudi Arabia which said the card featured the Star of David, which was associated with Israel and international Zionism. It was suggested the games had "possessed the minds" of Saudi children. The edict was expected to be followed rather strictly as punishments would likely include lashings and deportation.

7. The Guy Game
Banned in: United States
Why? A morally reprehensible game in theory and in practice (IGN gave it 7.7) The Guy Game was a fratboy's dream which focussed mostly on tits and beer with some trivia thrown in. What its makers failed to realise was that one of the cheerleaders who flashed her parts on camera during the course of the game was only 17 and thus under-age. She complained and the game became illegal.

6. Mercenaries
Banned in: South Korea
Why? Not surprisingly South Korea don't take too lightly to games that involve fictional representations of wars between themselves and their slightly mental Northern cousins. To be honest we'd probably be the same if old Kim Jong II was breathing down our necks.

5. Command and Conquer: Generals
Banned in: China
Why? This strategy game got the backs of the Chinese government up, with the Ministry Of Culture proclaiming it "smeared the image of China and the Chinese army". It also took offence that the game required players to destroy various national monuments like the Three Gorges dam.

4. GRAW 2
Banned in: Mexico
Why? Recently seriously pissed off one Chihuahua Governor, Jose Reyes Baeza Terraces after he discovered Ubisoft's game featured a fictional storyline that saw the citizens of Chihuahua fleeing their town and being replaced by armed insurgents. Unfortunately, Terraces exposed his painful lack of video game knowledge when he was quoted as saying, "Violent video games ... attempt to divide the good will of the residents of American and Mexican cities".

3. Reservoir Dogs
Banned in: New Zealand
Why? No great surprises here as anything associated with Quentin Tarantino seems to attract a fair degree of controversy - not that he had anything to do with this woeful adaptation of his 1992 film debut. Amazingly, given the film's cult classic status today, the BBFC (who is responsible for the banning of Manhunt) initially refused to give it a video classification and it wasn't until 1995 that UK film fans could see it outside of a cinema. The New Zealand OFLC banned it for on much the same grounds as the BBFC did, saying "the film tends to promote and support the infliction of extreme violence and extreme cruelty…for the purpose of entertainment."

2. Marc Ecko's Contents Under Pressure
Banned in: Australia
Why? Although style guru Marc Ecko's graf game was initially granted a 15 rating by the Australian OFLC it was later banned after an appeal ruled that the game promoted an illegal act (graffiti) give hints and tips on how to do it and rewarded the player for scribbling 'I love Tracey' on public buildings and infrastructure. Clearly the Aussies don't do hip-hop.

1. Postal
Banned: In 13 countries
Why? The fact it's advertised as banned in 13 countries works in the same way that Ruggero Deodato's exploitation classic Cannibal Holocaust was supposedly banned in 50 countries - it's a great selling point. Unsurprisingly, it's not available in Germany and Australia and someone tried to get it banned in the US. It's got a lot to do with the fact the minimal plot involves the lead character going on a killing spree, shooting people, innocent or not, simply because he's angry about being evicted from his house.

BJJ Boy 06-26-2007 02:12 PM

I dont get it.. How can i respond to this?

southpaw447 06-26-2007 02:56 PM

Good finds.

Who would even think about buying a 50 cent video game. Dumb Rappers

southpaw447 06-26-2007 02:56 PM

Good finds.

Who would even think about buying a 50 cent video game. Dumb Rappers

southpaw447 06-26-2007 02:58 PM

I'm curious as to how they actually enforce the banning of these games besides keeping them out of stores. And what do they do to people who get caught with them?

Anyways they are god damn video games get lives people.

I'm surprised though than NO GTA titles are on here

Josh3239 06-26-2007 03:30 PM

Heh, the Pokemon story I thought was the funniest. Infecting children's minds with Zionism :laugh:

Postal was pretty funny. Gets evicted so he goes on a rampage.

I remember seeing The Guy Game at my local blockbuster.

CroCopPride 06-26-2007 06:29 PM

damn that pokemon

Punishment 101 06-26-2007 06:45 PM


Originally Posted by Josh3239
Heh, the Pokemon story I thought was the funniest. Infecting children's minds with Zionism :laugh:

Postal was pretty funny. Gets evicted so he goes on a rampage.

I remember seeing The Guy Game at my local blockbuster.

Awesome AV buddy :thumb02:

Josh3239 06-26-2007 07:48 PM

Which one, I change them a couple times the past few days trying to make a good one?

Onganju 06-26-2007 07:53 PM

Unfortunately Video Games is now the "Hot Media" when it comes to blaming the woes of youth nowadays. Although it is has been proven by studies that the greatest number of gamers are actually between 17-32 years old. In any case, until you have a set of gaming fans making their way into Congress/Senate, politicians are going to cling to them as easy scapegoats whenever some kid has public "issues." What ever happened to actually parenting the kids?

It is funny to see how some countries would go about banning some things but not others. I know that Germany has a complete ban on any reference to Nazi Germany, WWII German symbols, text, logos and other catch figures/phrases. In their modern form of History WWII never even happened. They also have a full moratorium on any depiction of blood in games also.

There is actually a couple of games that I can recall off the top of my head that weren't banned but were recalled off of the shelves. Toy Story for the PS1 is one of them, and Kakuto Choujin for XBox is the other. With Toy Story it was recalled after a protest was put in that the only human enemy (a boss fight) was "easily identified as having a hispanic ethnicity." It actually caused a huge uproar because the only human foe was "an evil mexican."

With Kakuto Choujin one of the character was a Muslim, and during his ending cinematic it showed him brutally finishing off the other characters while a Muslim prayer was heard being chanted in the background. This angered many Islamic leaders siting that it promoted the idea that Islam "encouraged violence and brutality." Microsoft decided to recall the game shortly after that.

Just like MMA, Video Games will be targeted by any bandwagoning activist/politician with an easily spurable agenda. Granted the majority of the games that are banned aren't too much of a loss (the list posted above is laden with a few stinkers), but legal precedent is something that is a scary thing to deal with once it is set.

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