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Banned Video games

Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:15 AM

Yahoo!'s top 10 banned video games: http://us.i1.yimg.co...ed-games/535678

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Video games have a long, storied history of going a little too far. It's only natural: controversial games get publicity, and violence seems to sell almost as well as sex. Game developers eager to capture the baser instincts of their audiences tend to push the envelope, and they've overstepped the bounds of good taste on no shortage of occasions.

Although the First Amendment protects these developers to some extent in the U.S. (for the time being, at least), the industry-run body responsible for age-rating video games has the power to hand out the dreaded 'AO' (adults only) certificate that effectively prevents any mainstream store from stocking a game: a de facto ban, in other words. Overseas, governmental bodies have censored or banned games in countries like the UK, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and China -- and not necessarily the ones you might expect. Read on for an overview of gaming's most infamous banned games.

Carmageddon (SCI)
It's not hard to see why Carmageddon ran into trouble. Although it has the outward appearance of a conventional racing game, underneath its veneer-thin skin beats the heart of a vicious, violent and downright irresponsible smash-em-up racer where running over pedestrians isn't just accepted, it's actually encouraged. In other words, it's tremendous fun. Initially banned by censors in the UK, the ruling was eventually overturned on appeal -- but for a while, British consumers looking for high-octane, pedestrian-crushing thrills had to make do with a version of the game that replaced the passers-by with green-blooded zombies.

Wolfenstein 3D (Apogee Software)
Classic first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D ran into a heap of trouble at its release in Germany, where stringent legislation prevents the sale of material depicting symbols associated with the Nazi administration. Castle Wolfenstein, where the game was set, prominently featured swastika logos, and the game used the Nazi party's anthem as its theme song. This didn't sit well with the German courts, which banned various versions of the game in the mid-90s.

Mortal Kombat (Midway)
One of the original video game nasties, this classic beat-em-up is pretty pedestrian by modern standards. But its release on home consoles, complete with all the over-the-top violence that's become its trademark, came close to prompting a Congressional investigation into the game industry's tactics. Fortunately, the industry association at the time had the foresight to form a self-regulating body that would issue age recommendations to all video games before they went on sale, preventing violent or explicit games from falling into the hands of minors. The Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, born.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Take 2)
San Andreas shot to fame for all the wrong reasons following the release of the PC version of the game in 2005. Already a lightning rod of the games-are-evil crowd, the game's notoriety exploded when it emerged that it contained a hidden mini-game, dubbed "Hot Coffee," featuring the star, um, getting affectionate with an admirer. Not only were they both clothed, but you couldn't actually play the mini-game without modifying the software, which wasn't exactly easy. None of this mattered to the ESRB, however, which slapped an "Adults Only" rating on the title, and it disappeared from shelves until Rockstar removed the offending content and re-released the game.

Pokemon (Nintendo)
Nintendo's smash hit Pokemon series earned a ban not for its devastating addictiveness or terrible TV show spinoffs, but for promoting Zionism. Who'd do something like that? That Mecca of religious tolerance, Saudi Arabia, that's who. The Islamic state's religious authorities handed down a ban on all Pokemon material in 2001 over the game's use of six-pointed Star of David symbols and alleged encouragement of gambling. Pikachu, I ban you!

BMX XXX (Acclaim)
Although this spin-off of Acclaim's Dave Mirra-endorsed extreme sports games gained the reputation of being crammed to the gunwales with nudity, you actually had to play some considerable distance into the game to unlock the "goods." Thankfully, the game was so crummy that nobody bothered. That didn't stop the notoriously harsh Australian equivalent of the ESRB from banning the game, although it was released in uncensored form on the Xbox and Gamecube in other territories.

C&C: Generals (EA)
Where to start? It's hardly the most controversial game on this list, but Generals managed to fall foul of authorities in two of the most ban-happy countries in the world: Germany and China. German censors objected to the game's fictional depiction of the Iraq war, which had yet to take place at the time of the game's release, and the game was re-cut to remove these references. Meanwhile, the Chinese government banned the game for "smearing the image of China and the Chinese army."

Football Manager 2005 (Sega)
Who'd ban a harmless soccer management sim like this? Did it have hidden footage of players "celebrating" in the locker rooms after the game? Could you tackle opponents with a chainsaw? No - Football Manager 2005's crime was, in the view of the Chinese government, including teams from Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan alongside the Chinese national team. Shocking stuff, right? The ban was especially surprising given that, at the time of the ruling, the game had not been released in China, and was only available through the country's thriving black market.

The Guy Game (Gathering of Developers)
Combining footage of topless girls and trivia questions in a hideous sort of Girls Gone Wild meets You Don't Know Jack mashup, The Guy Game was hardly the pinnacle of the video game art form. But not only did this ill-conceived mix of trivia and titillation actually go on sale, it remained available for a few months - until an anonymous young lady filed suit against the game's developer, its publisher, and console manufacturers Sony and Microsoft. She alleged that the game contained footage of her, topless, taken during a South Padre Island "Hottie Challenge" contest...when she was 17, and underage. Oops. The Guy Game disappeared without trace, and its developer Top Heavy Studios, thankfully, did likewise.

GRAW2 (Ubisoft)
On the face of it, this run-of-the-mill Tom Clancy action thriller doesn't inspire outrage. But take a stroll south of the border, down Mexico way, and you may find a different perspective. Advanced Warfighter takes place just across the US-Mexico border, and has the player's team of crack soldiers fighting South American rebels and yes, Mexicans. This didn't go down well with the governor of Chihuahua, who issued an order seizing all copies of the game. Viva la revolucion!

Manhunt 2 (Take 2)
Surely the highest profile banned game since the Hot Coffee fiasco, "murder simulator" Manhunt 2 - another title from Grand Theft Auto dev Rockstar - was initially refused certification by just about every ratings board on the planet. Even the ESRB handed it the little-used AO rating, effectively banning it in the States. Undaunted, Rockstar delayed the title to October 31 to give them time to make edits and re-submit it for classification. Manhunt 2's recut version successfully earned a "Mature" ESRB rating in the US, but was again rejected by the British board of censors. Whether or not it'll ever see release in the land of warm beer and bowler hats still remains to be seen.


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Posted 12 November 2007 - 03:13 PM

Those are not even good reason. who bans a game for having multiple countries soccer teams in the game with chinas. Thats so stupid. I'll give to like britain with the "No Violence" thing, thats one thing. But the soccer game. Seriously WTF.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 03:45 PM

View Postferrari12508, on 12 Nov, 2007 - 03:13 PM, said:

Those are not even good reason. who bans a game for having multiple countries soccer teams in the game with chinas. Thats so stupid. I'll give to like britain with the "No Violence" thing, thats one thing. But the soccer game. Seriously WTF.

You obviously are not familiar with the outlandish laws of a Communist Government. Have you not heard about China Vs Google?
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 03:58 PM

didnt china want to get rid of google because of like free speech?
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 02:45 PM

Whoever owns the site is in big trouble! LOL

Anyways, in the side by side viewer, Tiananmen is a great example. Not a single tank on the China version.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 01:44 PM

yea, because all the chinese tanks are keeping the underpaid people working without a say in their lives.
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:41 PM

That one guy trying to stop a tank with himself was crazy though. The tank tried to go around him but he just walked in front of it. I didn't see the rest of the video from there but I'm sure some red hot death was dealt to that guy.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 07:39 AM

View Postferrari12508, on 12 Nov, 2007 - 03:58 PM, said:

didnt china want to get rid of google because of like free speech?


China is crazy.

When I was over there with my family a couple years ago adopting my sister, we became friends with a shop owner. He let my brother and I get on his computer so we started checking email and what not, and then I tried to get on Google, and he freaked out. Anytime he would mention the government he would look around everywhere making sure no one was looking...



Crazy communists.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:41 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 12 Nov, 2007 - 03:45 PM, said:

View Postferrari12508, on 12 Nov, 2007 - 03:13 PM, said:

Those are not even good reason. who bans a game for having multiple countries soccer teams in the game with chinas. Thats so stupid. I'll give to like britain with the "No Violence" thing, thats one thing. But the soccer game. Seriously WTF.

You obviously are not familiar with the outlandish laws of a Communist Government. Have you not heard about China Vs Google?

umm, didn't 2girls1cup come from china?
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:51 PM

Hey Guys,
Not sure if you know this but China could nuke our ass before we knew they even prepared a missle, they also out number us in Army density along with the training and experiance of their army. Yes we have a bigger Naval Fleet and Air Fleet but China could take us down. I don't agree with China but I'll be the last one to bash China.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:57 PM

crazy sain,
i don't know if you know this but your wrong.

the most important instrument less than nuclear weapons, which we have and they don't have and they might but don't have the delivery system for, is aircraft carriers.

# of carriers in the US = 15 i believe at last count,
# of carriers in the rest of the world = 0.

the ability to strike anywhere on the globe is a tactical advantage that only we have.

they have a bigger army,
so does north korea, n.k. has a million strong,
ours is what, a couple hundred thousand, all volunteers?

if there were to be a war,
there would be a draft to largely increase our numbers,
as they could also increase theirs...

but, numbers don't really mean anything anyways nowadays.

for occupation yes,
for destruction no.

i'm pretty sure our boys on the dic will take up with you on the better training of their armed forces also. trakker want to comment?

their army is kinda rendered useless because of that big thing i call the pacific ocean.


they can't even defeat taiwan.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:04 PM

View Postcapty99, on 7 Dec, 2007 - 04:57 PM, said:

the ability to strike anywhere on the globe is a tactical advantage that only we have.


ever heard of subs? i know chinese dont have carriers, but really its more of a luxury than a great tactical advantage. sure it gives us an edge, but if worst comes to worst those carriers wont last long. considering they have to get close enough to shore for the planes to be useful.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:47 PM

china out numbers us because there are six people for every 1 sq ft of land, thats y
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 06:21 PM

Ok, i submit. But I know one thing if we get into a war we'd run out of targets before we run out of bombs
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:02 PM

And we're STILL in Iraq for what reasons again? Daddy Bush gave up? As long as we're in the Middle East, we're vulnerable...and the mexican border that Bush doesn't plan on securing? After college...Japan, HERE I COME!

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