Top 10 video games banned worldwide for the weirdest reasons

GAMES have a controversial past, and lawmakers around the world have questioned whether they should be legal.

Whether it’s the gruesome deaths of Mortal Kombat or the cheeky lingerie of Night Trap, judges have questioned whether the public should be playing those games.

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However, there are some games that seem so harmless that it’s hard to understand why they were banned in the first place.

Here is our list of 10 video games that have been banned for the weirdest reasons.

10. South Park: The Stick of Truth – Australia

South Park is known for his controversial sense of humor, and his RPG has plenty of that.

While South Park: The Stick of Truth was released in Australia, there was a catch.

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One of the more controversial scenes was censored and replaced with an image of a crying koala instead.

Somehow, the sober description of the censored scene it replaced was somehow even funnier than the original.

9. Wolfstein – Germany

The Wolfenstein series has always had a lot of violence, but that wasn’t the reason why it was banned in Germany.

Publication was initially blocked because of the series’ villains: the Nazis.

Germans aren’t afraid of being portrayed as antagonists, but Nazi imagery like swastikas are banned.

The games were eventually released, but Hitler is missing his mustache and the swastikas are now triangles.

8. Fallout 3 – India

Fallout 3 isn’t any more violent than your average action game, but gore isn’t the reason it wasn’t released in India.

While not banned by the government, Microsoft has decided not to release the game due to one of the animals in the game.

Brahmin is the name of Fallout 3’s mutated two-headed cattle that might offend the cow-loving people of India.

The name is also the name of a Hindu caste, and naming a cow species as such could be a controversial issue.

7. Danganronpa V3 – South Korea

The first two high school crime dramas came out in South Korea, so people were confused when the third one was banned.

The series is known for being low in blood, using neon pink blood and a cartoonish art style.

However, shortly before the game’s release, a young girl was found guilty of murdering and dismembering another child in her apartment complex.

Not wanting to remind the public of the crime, officials barred the release due to similarities in the murders.

6. Sex Vixens from Space – UK

Games are rarely banned in the UK, and despite the raunchy title, Sex Vixens From Space was no different.

However, when the game was shipped for sale in 1989, the cargo was confiscated.

Customs took all copies of the game as they entered the port and had them destroyed to “protect today’s youth”.

Although no official ban took place, the British public could not get their hands on a copy.

5. Pokemon Go – Malaysia

While some countries have banned Pokémon Go due to vulnerabilities in the game’s security, that’s not why it was banned in Malaysia.

The official reason for the ban was that the game “encourages the pursuit of power”.

Apparently people in Malaysia are not allowed to try to be the very best that no one has ever been.

The ban was lifted after a social media backlash and improvements in software security.

4. Mario Kart Tour – Belgium

It’s extremely rare that a first-party Nintendo game with the company’s family-friendly image gets banned.

However, the strict Belgian laws meant that Mario Kart Tour was never released there.

Belgium bans all forms of gambling and was the first country to include loot boxes under this definition in 2018.

This means most free-to-play games will be banned or changed stores to remove randomness from their purchases.

3. The Sims 4 – Uzbekistan

The Sims seem so harmless that it’s hard to imagine why any country would want them banned.

Uzbekistan did just that when it banned a large number of games, including The Sims, which claimed they were used “to spread violence and pornography, threaten security and threaten social and political stability”.

The public was very critical of the new law that banned 34 video games in 2017.

The government was said to be focusing on superficial issues rather than larger societal problems.

2. Crash Bandicoot 2 – Japan

The second Crash Bandicoot game was released in Japan, but one of the animations was removed before release.

The animation where Crash is crushed and he walks around as only his head and feet has been converted to a flat body.

Because in 1997, one child was beheaded by another and his head was left in front of the school for people to find.

Since then, Japan has refrained from showing any form of beheading in the media.

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – China

When people think of games with a calming atmosphere, Animal Crossing is usually one of the first that comes to mind.

However, it was banned in China due to players being able to visit each other’s islands.

It is said that people on their islands wrote anti-government messages by placing plants or creating custom clothing patterns.

Since others could visit and read these messages, it was no longer allowed in the country.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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