Video games sometimes have quite a bit of violence and this often results in warning labels being placed on the games. Some countries have taken this to the extreme and have banned video games for various reasons. Thank goodness they're not banned where I live!
Here are 6 video games that have been banned in various countries for random reasons.
1. Bully Scholarship Edition
Bully, also known as Canis Canem Edit or Dog Eat Dog in the European Market, is a game from Rockstar Games which shows their take on bullying. Basically you run around as a 15-year-old in a boarding school and bully the other children to complete tasks and the story.
This game was banned in Brazil and was also pulled from shelves in the UK, but at least they still stock other Rockstar games such as Grand Theft Auto which has just as much violence, if not more. Yeah, probably more.
2. Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 includes a major assault on Tehran, which is the capital of Iran, and the game was banned in Iran. Womp womp womp.
Authorities were found to be taking the ban very seriously with stores being raided, copies being seized, and even people being arrested if they were found to be in possession of the game. If that's not taking it to the extreme, then I don't know what is. Imagine buying this game on eBay and then the police knock at your door because you're just having some fun on Xbox Live.
3. Left 4 Dead 2
The co-op zombie game with the spitters and those ugly looking boomers wasn't exactly banned in Australia, but it was unavailable five years after release due to being unrated and having to join the queue for Australia's new ratings board. It took quite some time to get the game to people, as amazing as this game is, and then it was all good.
Valve was finally able to put their game in the hands of players and it was rated R18+.
Would you believe that Pokemon was banned somewhere? It was banned in Saudi Arabia, in 2001, for reasons such as influencing gambling between children. Isn't that crazy? It's just a trading card game. Kids aren't putting their mortgage up for trade.
In 2016 it was banned again when Pokemon Go was released and they placed a ban on the app by issuing a fatwa. Their reason was because of it's use of evolution to grow characters. Can you believe this nonsense? It's a video game, not a life lesson on science or evolution.
5. Castle Wolfenstein
Castle Wolfenstein was first released in 1981 and based on Hero vs Nazi. It has not gone over well with Germany, leading to the ban of the game in their country.
Bethesda released Wolfenstein again, in 2014, and Germany allowed the game to be released only if major alterations were made to the game. Lame, right?
6. Fallout 3
Fallout 3 was banned in Australia over Chems. Australia believed that the Chems were related to drug use therefore refused to rate the game so it could be sold.
You could watch your character intestines ripped out by a Deathclaw, but if you wanted to jab Med-X in your arm then that was a huge no go.
Bethesda went back to the drawing board and worked on Fallout 3 to finally achieve a MA15+ rating.
It's amazing that any of these games were banned in any country. Of all the crazy things you see in games, you would think these reasons were the least of the problems in violent or wacky games. But let's be honest folks, they're just games. Put the appropriate rating on the game and let people decide if they want to buy it or not.