, Your squads been decimated by a particularly obstinate machine gun nest. Reaching for a grenade. You lunge out over your trench and are immediately cut down. Thats. Alright, you picked up a health kit in the last Nazi bunker. You reach for the digital health and see that familiar …, green gross. Wait a minute why dont video games, use the actual red cross on health packs Turns out its a matter of international law.. The Geneva Conventions actually forbids anyone or anything that is not part of the international red cross from displaying the prominent symbol. Thats, so that in war time warring states dont try to deceive the other by using the red cross symbol as camouflage as red cross personnel are Meant to be neutral, so they can access the sick and dying anywhere on earth. Even a battlefield., The red cross symbol has actually been removed from everything ranging from Halo 2 to the original Doom.. While everyone who has good taste in video games remembers that the original game shipped with the red cross symbol on health packs, it was later changed in subsequent releases.. Officially, the red cross symbol is not supposed to be used for any commercial aim, and, while the red cross on health packs isnt an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the symbol for commercial gain, its use in a commercial product is still something the red cross Itself, isnt too hot about., But while the red cross symbol has in effect been banned from games, what full on games have ended up getting the real life ban, hammer Custers Revenge got the ban hammer in only one state.
When, honestly, it probably shouldve been banned. Everywhere. Developed in 1982 for the Atari 2600. The game features the player as a naked, Colonel Custer, who has to move from one end of the screen to the other, while dodging flying arrows. Whats, the big deal Well other than being naked Custers march across the screen. Is fueled by his desire to get to a tied up native american woman. Extremely offensive, even in 1982., Oklahoma would go on to ban the game from being sold in the state. Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2. Not only has distinction as a solid shooter and unnecessarily long title length, but also as one of the few video games to immediately get the ban hammer in Mexico. Up until TCGRAW2s release see we told you the title needs to be shorter. Mexico had never before banned a video game and thats. Quite the accomplishment considering many of the titles in this video were available for sale there as well.. But when the mayor of the city of Juarez sat down to play his own copy of GRAW2, he was less than pleased with the opening mission, which sees the player gunning down guerillas in a digital copy of Juarez.. Less than pleased with how GRAW2 had painted his city as a lawless, purge fest, the mayor managed to convince the governor of Chihuahua to ban the games sale.. He even went so far as to form a task force that hunted down copies of the game in stores and seized them to prevent their being sold.
. Everquest is basically one of the grand daddies of the MMO genre and you arent playing an MMO today that wasnt in some way influenced by the legendary game.. However, the country of Brazil thought that EverQuest posed a significant public risk and banned it from being sold in the country., Citing the psychological burden of having to undertake both good and evil quests. The game was believed to pose risks of permanent mental harm.. Dont worry, though, because thats not the only game banned by Brazil for crazy, reasons. Popular arena, shooter Counter Strike was also banned in Brazil, this time for subverting public order and for being a quote attack against the democratic state and the law and against public security.. Our next video game didnt get outright banned, but it might as well have been. Devotion was a critically acclaimed. Slow burn horror, game developed by a Taiwanese studio. When a meme of Xi, Jinping the Chinese President and leader of the Chinese Communist Party being compared to Winnie the Pooh, appeared in the game. China got extremely upset. Thats, because memes, comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie The Pooh, are very popular in Asia. Despite an outright ban of Winnie the Pooh altogether by Xi, Jinping. Red Candle Games, the Taiwanese developer, responded by apologizing and patching out the offending content, but Valve eventually pulled the game for sale from its Chinese Steam. Platform. Unexpectedly, Red Candle Games then went ahead and pulled the game off Steam globally.
After its two publishers cut ties with them. In response to the controversy Taiwans. Vice Premier responded by saying Only in countries with democracy and freedom can creation be free from restrictions.. The Chinese government responded by revoking the licenses of the games, publishers and removing millions of posts off social media with the Devotion. Hashtag. Super Seducer would take a while to get banned, but justice eventually came with the release of Super Seducer 3. For those lucky enough to not know what Super Seducer is prepare to have that ruined. In the game self proclaimed pickup artist, Richard La Ruina tries to Teach players how to pick up women in various scenarios.. The game has a player play out different scenes and is able to pick from several different options. What to do next. La Ruina will then faithfully play out whatever the selected choice was in full motion. Video glory like this scene, While the game should have been immediately banned for being the epitome of cringe it wasnt until Steam refused to carry the third iteration of the game where you could, unsurprisingly, unlock nude options for the objects. I mean human women in the various scenarios. Valve. Definitely couldnt stand up for the universal right of free speech against a world dictator, but at least it stood up for our right to not buy garbage video games and La Ruina was left without a major distributor for his game.. Fortnite may be one of the most popular games in the world, but in China the game is banned.
Only a heavily censored version is available for play., But Chinas ban of Command Conquer Generals is for far crazier reasons, while you can spot American landmarks getting blown up in video games and movies. All the time pull the same stunt with a Chinese landmark and your game gets the peoples banhammer. For a scene showing the destruction of the Three Gorges Dam and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Command Conquer remains unplayable to Chinese citizens. Plague Inc doesnt take place In any one particular country and is as apolitical as a game could get, but when the Covid 19 pandemic hit the world China immediately banned. The very popular doomsday simulator. Football Manager 2005, however, got super banned for recognizing Taiwan and Tibet as independent countries. Something that traditionally makes the Chinese Communist Party extremely upset. Manhunt, was developed by Rockstar Studios no strangers to controversy in the early 2000s and its success led to the development of Manhunt 2.. Both games focused on stealth gameplay, where the player would carry out executions of increasing violence against people trying to hunt the player down.. The original game flirted with the banhammer back in the day, but the UK and various other countries around the world outright forbade release of the game. Rockstar had to make special edits for these countries, which dramatically toned down the violence.. Even then, the UK barely approved the game for sale. In Ukraine. Tom Clancys Ghost Recon got banned for touching on a rather sore spot for the nation.
In the game. Russian ultranationalists the same type. Ukraine is actively at war against right now and communists come together to recreate the Soviet Union and promptly sweep Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan back into the fold.. This was unacceptable to the Ukranian government, which has historically been extremely frowny, face about ever having been a part of the Soviet Union in the first place, let alone Russias, modern days intentions to force them back into a new Russian union.. Now we move to the United Arab Emirates, which might ban more games than any other country aside from North Korea.. The UAE is famously brutally conservative much to the shocking discovery of many foreigners doing such outrageous things as kissing a girlfriend or wife in public in the wrong place.. The UAE has banned a whole smorgasbord of games, but our favorites from that list are the following Call of Duty. Modern Warfare 2 got banned when quotes from the Quran were found in some of the in game picture frames.. The developer probably thought nothing of it. Seeing as how popular inscribing bible verses in various items is in the west, but the UAE found it offensive to the point of banning., A patched version of the game was later approved for sale. Dragon Age Origins was not just one of the best rpgs of the 2000S, it was the best Dragon Age period. And I swear to YouTube that if any of you disagree, you can leave your address in the comments section and Ill come fight.
You. Anyways, the critically acclaimed RPG got the banhammer hard in the UAE over sexual themes and homosexual relationships.. Recently youre able to buy the game digitally but hard copies are still illegal.. Injustice. Gods Among Us got banned shortly before its release, despite purposefully changing its Middle Eastern name to Injustice. The Mighty Amongst Us., However, because the case packaging and software title still retained the word God. The game was a no go for the UAE.. Eventually, the ban on the game was lifted. Presumably, when someone a lot less silly took over the job of state censor. Over in Iraq, both Fortnite and PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds are banned, allegedly for negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture and security of Iraq. Society. For a nation reeling from two decades of war. Perhaps the core concept of these games is extremely unsettling.. While the UAE is fond of banning video games, Germany takes the absolute cake for video game bannings.. It is important to note, though, that most of these video game bans simply keep the games from being sold physically. The act of buying a game for a single user online or of a player owning a single copy is not actually illegal.. The act of selling the game is so go figure. Amongst the many many banned titles in Germany are such masterpieces as 50 Cent Bulletproof and the follow up critically. Acclaimed 50 Cent Blood on the Sand. Actually well be honest. We have no idea which game came first, because video games based on rappers are terrible as movies based on rappers unless its that one video game where you got to street fight as the Wu Tang clan.
Most games get banned in Germany for being too violent or Gory but Far Cry was banned not just for being too violent, but for having too realistic ragdoll effects.. Once the effects were toned down, the game was allowed for sale at an 18 rating. Wolfenstein and the later Wolfenstein 3d, however, got the ban hammer for violence and Nazi references.. The original Wolfenstein was approved for release after going through extreme censorship, which wed love to find out how that works. As the game is predicated on you, murdering tons and tons of Nazis and then fighting a dual machine gun wielding mecha Hitler at the end. Wolfenstein 3d was only recently taken off the ban list, as the German government has decided its been long enough since the Nazis. Moving on to our next game, we have to ask who doesnt love Pikachu the adorable face of the global Pokemon phenomenon, Saudi Arabia, thats, who or more precisely theyre, not big fans of the Pokemon Trading Card Game or any Pokemon title really, which have been banned in Both digital and physical forms., Its no normal ban, either Pokemon, is banned on the basis of being a threat to national security.. The Pokemon ban went so far as to have a formal fatwa issued against it.. What was so insidious about Pokemon that Saudi Arabia had to invoke clerical power to ban it Turns out. The game has a laundry list of offensive material to the deeply religious country, including promoting Darwins theory of evolution, encouraging illegal gambling behavior by trading pokemon or pokemon cards, and for promoting the Shinto and Christian religions through symbolism, as well as the fact that the energy symbol In the trading card game, kinda sorta looks like a low resolution Star of David.
If you squint hard enough.. Sadly, real evolution doesnt involve intense battles or power stones, though itd be more awesome if it did, but this isnt changing Saudi Arabias mind anytime soon, and the ban holds. Now go watch.