We've all heard about games like Manhunt and Postal being banned in different countries over their insane displays of violence. We've also seen our fair share of games getting banned due to showing things like Nazi symbolism or other politically charged images. But things aren't always as clear cut as that. Sometimes they get hilariously weird.
Just how weird do things get? Read on to find out. I must warn you though, we're going all over the map with the games that are included in this list. Have fun!
Dora The Explorer Is Racist?
While looking at each country's list of banned games, I came upon Argentina's selection of games banned for sale in their country. When a game like Rapelay gets on the list you would assume everything else would follow the same guidelines, but I'm here to rock your world (as long as you didn't read that Dora title up there)
Yes, this game was ACTUALLY banned in Argentina
Along with a Japanese game about rape is Dora the Explorer: Unicorn Adventure... a game that is decidedly not about rape. At least I don't think it is. I really hope it isn't. The game was apparently banned for sale in Argentina due to its stereotypical representations of Spanish people. Here's the problem, though.
I've looked high and low for a Dora the Explorer: Unicorn Adventure video game. Other than a few mentions of it on a scattering of websites, I can't actually find it. It apparently is a real game, it just wasn't a good game. Not surprising when there's a sea of Dora the Explorer games out on the market right now. If you manage to get a copy of the game please let me know just how racist it is.
Marc Ecko's Getting Up Gets Knocked Down
The lovely and totally monster-free land of Australia has a problem. It is only one problem, but it is a big one. The country is facing a terrifying trend of virtual graffiti artists. These hooligans are turning on their video game consoles and wreaking havoc on the virtual cityscape. The problem has gotten so terrible that the country had to ban Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.
Why is this game okay, but not the other? Because its cooler, that's why
The reason it was banned was because it glorified the world of illegal graffiti tagging. I guess that's a good enough reason for the game to be banned in the country... but what about all of those other games that have a graffiti mechanic? Games like Jet Set Radio and Saint's Row 2 include virtual tagging, but they're okay to play.
I think there's something more to all of this. I think Australia has it out for Marc Ecko. Why? I don't know. But there must be some reason. Perhaps it has something to do with both his first and last name only being four letters each. It just makes the most sense considering the evidence.
No Energy Drinks Allowed In Blood Sports
Mixed Martial Arts can be a pretty brutal sport. The whole goal of it is to beat someone until they're just about to die or to break their limbs until they can't swing their jellified extremities at their opponents anymore. So if EA Sports' MMA is going to get banned you would assume it was because of the violent nature of the sport.
MONSTER BULLS ROCK!
Instead it was because of the game's advertising. In Denmark, there's a law against selling energy drinks. If you've ever seen an MMA event, then you would be more than aware that the fighters and arenas are all just giant energy drink billboards. EA was given the choice of removing the advertisements from the Denmark version, but decided to just not sell the game in their country because it would ruin the authenticness of their game.
That's their story and they're sticking to it.
Dead Or Alive Is Too Risque For Sweden
The ongoing joke over the years is that the character Ayane from the Dead or Alive games is listed as only sixteen years old in some of the game's foreign manuals. While everyone just took this as a joke for the longest time, Sweden decided to make it official with the release of Dead or Alive: Dimensions. And by "official," I mean they banned the game from being sold in stores.
I can't be sure, but I think this is Sweden's flag.
The main reason the game was banned was because of its figurine posing mode. As you played the game you could unlock little statues that you could view in a 3D mode. You could also make their breasts shake when you moved the 3DS and look up girl's skirts in certain versions of the game. This included Ayane, the sixteen year old character.
Sweden has some pretty strict laws when it comes to women who aren't of age, even if those women aren't actually real. Since the figurines were such an integrated of the game, they couldn't really be removed without a lot of work going into it. Instead of going through the trouble it was decided that the game just wouldn't be released in Sweden.
There are actually a whole lot of banned games out there you can read about. Australia has so many that they actually got their own Wikipedia page for their list. I'm not sure if that is something they should be proud of, but I digress. What do you think of all of these bans? Are they for the greater good or just odd? Why not post in the comments below? As always, thank you for reading.