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Top 10 Banned Video Games

Updated on December 2, 2015

Banned Games: All kinds of reasons

Games can be banned by a lot of reasons and in there is an incident or two in almost every country. Some of the most common reasons why Video Games get banned are:

  • Psychological Concerns;
  • Violence and gore;
  • Religious beliefs;
  • Ideology;
  • Politics;
  • Racism and Xenophobia;

Generally the games don't stay banned: Gaming companies usually get it sorted out by replacing some characters, actions or getting another way to counter the problem. That's why some games have different variations in different countries (note Carmageddon, where there is a version with normal pedestrians and another with zombies) - but more of that later on.

10 - Pokemon: Banned Locally

Yeap! Pokémon was banned in some countries.

I know, it's one of the games you think that will be alright in every corner of the globe.

Apparently some countries decided to ban the Pokémon game because it contained masonic symbols and incited kids to start gambling. I don't know if children were making their hamsters fight on those countries and betting on the winner, but I sure would like to know why the decision was taken.

Remember, don't make your pets fight to bet on them!

9 - Carmageddon: Replaced by Zombies

On the original Carmageddon game, the goal was to run over pedestrians with your car. The violence was intense and you would win additional points by running over pedestrians "artistically", making combos and so on...

You would also win double the points if you would run over pregnant women - It's clear that this game had lots of banning potential.

So, Carmageddon was banned in a vast array of countries, and their developers had to replace pedestrians by zombies.

Now the goal was to run over zombies, and nobody cares about zombies right?

8 - Championship Manager 05: Free Tibet

Championship Manager is another one of those games that you wouldn't thought that would get banned, yet it did get banned in a huge market - the Chinese Market.

Why? Turns out Championship Manager staff placed Tibet independent of China, and the Chinese didn't like it. The game was never admitted in China, as the free Tibet policy CM had wasn't altered.

If you want to conquer a market, careful with their politics - as they are ultimately the ones that decide who is selling what...

7 - Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction was about a coup in North Korea, and we all know how Koreans are with this kind of content. That's why Mercenaries never got to the shelves in any of the Korean states - not in North and not in South.

Koreans, both sides, argued that the game would make the populations' tension levels to rise beyond measure and that the video game could make was erupt between the north and south side.

Do you think that could happen? Maybe they escalated a bit too quickly on the justification... either way, we will never know.

6 - Wolfenstein: Nazi Threats

Remember Wolfenstein 3D?

That game that marked a generation of players with it's graphic engine pretty much similar to Doom and Quake and that was all about thwarting the Nazi's plans to dominate the World? Yes! That one where the last boss was Hitler mounted on a Robot!

I'm not talking about that one though, Wolfenstein was the sequel to that game, it resembles Medal of Honor and Call of Duty in it's graphics - but the goal is still to eliminate the Nazi Threat.

That's why this game got banned in Germany, as the original Wolfenstein - turns out they really want to keep the Nazi symbols and memory away, and we can see why...

5 - Manhunt 2: Gratuitous Violence

There is no way around the violence and gore that Munhunt 2 provide. It's clearly one of the most disgusting games ever made because of all the brutal and unjustified violence of it.

The methods in which you eliminate targets are barbaric and cruel to say the least and this game isn't for minors!

Well, if you have a strong stomach maybe you can go through the story line, but don't tell me I didn't say it was violent.

Blood and Gore warnings are all over the cover and Manhunt 2 sits in the middle of our list because it was one of the most banned games ever.

4 - Postal 2: Racism and Homophobia

This game is just wrong.

I can detect serious amount of Racism and Homophobia and that's why it was banned in lots of European countries. The U.S. are filled with tolerant people, and that's why you can find Postal 2 in every game store. However, this does not clean it, as it is one of the most Xenophobia filled productions up to date.

It is pretty violent too, but the belief system is - in my opinion - the most messed up thing.

Judge for yourself.

3 - Battlefield 3: Banned in Iran

Battlefield 3 - Everybody knows this game.

Turns out this very famous game wasn't immune to the ban hammer - it was banned in Iran.

You can understand it though, the game is all about eliminating terrorists in every neighborhood of Tehran and the Iranians weren't very fond of that idea.

Other then that, the game is actually pretty good, it's engaging and enthralling - packed full of shooting action. An understandable ban from Iran, but because this one is so famous it deserves the third spot on the list.

2 - Mass Effect: Homosexual Relationship

Mass Effect is a game by Bioware that has a lot of a relationship component. It's cool with Homosexual Relationships, but guess what? Many countries aren't as you know.

That's why Mass Effect got a Mass Ban (pun intended) and had to create a different version for a lot of countries. You see, the problem here was that two women were romancing, and the secondary version to get past the ban substituted one of them by a blue alien figure.

Apparently it's more natural for a woman to date an alien than to date with another woman.

I personally find this one hilarious on the fact that the blue alien really fixes things.

Mass Effect is a pretty famous game, so what version did you play? The woman on woman? Or the Alien on Woman?

1 - Games in General: Banned in Greece

This one is a funny one, and it had to take number 1.

Video Games were banned in Greece for a long period of time. Yes! I mean every single video game.

People could only play at home, and if - for example - you were caught playing game boy on the bus:

  • 12 Months of Prison to you Boy!

Glad it's all gone now.... I plan to travel to Greece on of these days and I don't want to get into trouble for playing in Public.

Poll Time

Do you agree with the Decision of the U.S. to keep these games up?

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An indepth view of gaming violence! Postal 2 as an example.


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    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks! So nice to see you again on one of my hubs! :D

    • ilikegames profile image

      Sarah Forester 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Wow I had no idea so many games had been banned, love the Hub!

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks phoenix, I'm sure they'll like it if they are gamers like me :D

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting collection. I've emailed this to my kids. They played a few of these games and I bet they'll like this.

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks Miss Apprentice :D I'm glad you liked it!

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Yeah...Censorship is always wrong, but with each sale you're supporting who made the games, so I can understand some of these cases like Postal 2.

      Ow well, I guess there's a market for everything.

    • Georgie Lowery profile image

      GH Price 

      5 years ago from North Florida

      Interesting. I don't understand banning anything, really, except for kids. But Pokémon? Seriously!

      Great Hub!

    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      Great hub! I agree that some of these games are tasteless and wrong, however I don't approve of government-controlled censorship. If you don't like a videogame you don't have to play it.

    • Rui Carreira profile imageAUTHOR

      Rui Carreira 

      5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for stopping by! Yeap... inciting gambling and promoting Masonic symbolism xD

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      5 years ago from Davao City

      Great list! Pokémon is probably the biggest surprise as it is designed for kids.


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