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Games that are illegal to play

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This is a list of video games that have been censored or banned by governments of various states in the world. Governments that have banned video games have been criticized for a correlated increase in digital piracy , limiting business opportunities and violating rights. Brazil has banned many video games since , mainly due to depictions of violence and cruelty, [7] making it illegal to distribute and otherwise sell these games. Additionally, the Brazilian advisory rating system requires that all video games be rated by the organization, where unrated video games are banned from being sold in Brazil.

Often, bans do not extend to digital platforms. A very large number of video games are banned in the People's Republic of China. Games that depict drugs, sexual themes, blood, organized crime or defamation of the Chinese government are almost always banned. Because of the large size of the Chinese video game market, many studios edit the content of their games to conform to the government's standards.

Home gaming consoles were banned in mainland China from June [17] [18] until ; when the ban was lifted, next-generation consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were allowed in the country.

As of April , after implementing a new mandatory local rating and approval system, any and all games containing depictions of violence, blood, gambling and imperial history are de facto banned from all accessible platforms in the nation unless otherwise changed to comply with local standards. No video games have ever been banned in Cuba, but few games were sold in that country until when restrictions were eased.

In , the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops generated a lot of controversy as there is a mission where the player attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro , only to end up killing a double. A video game can be banned in Germany if it is confiscated by court order because it violates a section of the Strafgesetzbuch criminal code. Private possession and thus playing it and acquisition such as downloading a demo from the Internet are still legal, but any dissemination is not.

The seller would break the law if a sale took place, not the buyer. However, on December 10, , one German court Oberlandesgericht Hamm decided that a single sale of a single copy does not qualify as dissemination. Rather, it imposes strict trade restrictions on the title.

While only very few games have been confiscated, the list of indexed games is very long. This law was lifted on August 8, This means that import or purchase and possession for personal use of such games is still legal for persons over 18 years of age.

Otherwise, if the work depicts a fictitious event, the distribution of such material is illegal. Predator for similar reasons. A "Beschlagnahmung" ban is enforced for a minimum of ten years, after which a request for review may be submitted. Although the bans usually don't extend to the digital versions, local versions are still toned down in depictions of violence and similar content to be classified by the USK without any rulings.

No known games have been banned in Greece. A law banning all electronic games in public places was passed in , but eventually disregarded. Iran typically bans any game that contains violence, depicts cruelty, features strong sexual content, nudity, or portrays the Middle East negatively.

Battlefield 3 was banned because it presented a fictional U. Even before the ban, many retail stores were removing copies of the game from their shelves. Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni was banned for excessively glorifying homosexual and immoral values. The ban does not extend to digital distribution, however. Manhunt 2 was banned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence", but the ban was later lifted and the game was given a PEGI 18 rating. In , following the release of the trailer to the game Rule of Rose , the magazine Panorama ran an article claiming live burials of children at the protagonist's hand.

Shortly after, then-mayor of Rome , Walter Veltroni , called for a ban of the game in Italy. The game's European publisher, Games , dismissed these claims, [55] and the game was not banned following Veltroni's comments. In , following the decision of the governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland , the Minister of Communications Paolo Gentiloni publicly expressed the desire to ban the distribution of Manhunt 2 in Italy, due to the gratuitous violence and excessive cruelty in the video game, but the ban was never put into practice.

Video games are rarely banned in Japan, and it holds the place as one of the top video game producers in the world. Because of its relation to the real historic event , the weapon was renamed to the Nuka Launcher in the Japanese version of Fallout 3.

The Mortal Kombat series was subsequently banned in Japan, including its newest release, due to heavy amounts of violence [ citation needed ]. On March 13, , the sales of Judgement had stopped producing future sales in Japan, following Pierre Taki 's arrest on suspicion of cocaine use. As a result, Sega had replaced both the voice actor and the character model having been subsequently removed.

Malaysia tends to ban offensive content such as extreme impact violence, depictions of cruelty, any content considered anti-Muslim , sexual content and nudity. In August , after the Grand Theft Auto series ban in Thailand see below , head of a Malaysian consumer rights organization, Muhammad Idris, called for the ban of the entire Grand Theft Auto series and other similarly violent video games such as the Manhunt series and Mortal Kombat.

The ban was later lifted following massive backlash on social media and an update that slightly modified security measures on the app. In September , the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission MCMC blocked access to the entire Steam store following the discovery of a controversial fighting game involving religious deities, Fight of Gods.

If they are dubbed "objectionable" in all cases, they are banned. In this case, the game in question is not only illegal to sell, but also to own, possess, or import. North Korea bans all foreign video games whether they contain offensive content or not and very few games are known to be developed in North Korea. In , a presidential decree issued by Ferdinand Marcos outlawed the use and distribution [79] of all video game consoles, arcade games and pinball machines, deeming them as a "destructive social enemy" [80] and "to the detriment of the public interest".

No known games have been banned in Russia due to excessive violence, nudity, negative portrayal of people of Russia or expression of religious views of any kind because of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution of Russia. Media in the United States and Europe have incorrectly reported that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 , which features a storyline in which Russian " ultranationalists " take control of the country and invade the United States, was banned in Russia.

Activision called these reports 'erroneous'. Most of these games can be found in some stores often at a substantial price due to the government failing to enforce the bans of these games. However, many major stores will not stock the following banned titles. Singapore rarely bans games.

With the implementation of the Video Game Classification in by the Media Development Authority , most games are widely available for purchase to their respective age group, such as those containing full frontal nudity or strong graphic violence under an "M18" rating. Games that were previously banned such as Mass Effect were re-rated either "Age Advisory" or "M18" after the implementation of the classification system.

Since , South Korea offers complete freedom in publishing games, fully respecting freedom of expression and speech. Even before this, games were very rarely banned unless that game mentioned elements of the Korean War in order to avoid tensions between the North Korea and South Korea. However, Manhunt , Manhunt 2 , and Mortal Kombat are still banned because of violence and cruelty. The Game Rating Board requires that all video games be rated by the organization.

Unrated titles are absolutely banned from being sold in the country, and websites selling them can be blocked. Thailand will typically ban any games with excessive violence, and sexual content, such as many eroge from Japan, for the same reasons as its ban on any pornographic films. Additionally, since August , all video game titles of the Grand Theft Auto series have been completely banned in Thailand, [94] because of a case where an year-old Thai player supposedly influenced by Grand Theft Auto killed a taxi driver from Bangkok.

Tropico 5 is yet another banned title. The military junta claims that it could "affect peace and order" within the country. In the United Arab Emirates , a branch of the government called the National Media Council NMC works to control the media and entertainment industry in the country, and they have the authority to issue bans on any specific media products, including video games, to comply with the country's legal and cultural values.

Usually, the NMC do not explicitly state their actual consensus for any kind of issued ban on a product, so official reasons behind their bans remain unclear. However, bans issued by the NMC apply only to the sale of those products through local outlets; they do not make private ownership illegal. There are certain exceptions, notably for Spec Ops: The Line see below.

Some banned games may be available and sold on the nation's grey market. In , the NMC introduced a localised rating system for various media, including video games.

BBFC age ratings are compulsory and backed by legislation, taking effect on July 30, This only applies to games stored on physical media , not downloadable media. In the United States, the Entertainment Software Rating Board ESRB —a self-regulatory organization, issues ratings for video games and enforces voluntary regulations on how they are marketed and sold.

Entertainment Merchants Association —which challenged a California law restricting the sale of "violent video games" defined using a variation of the Miller test separate from ratings assigned by bodies such as the ESRB to minors, insisting that video games were considered a protected form of expression under the First Amendment , meaning that federal or state law cannot be used to regulate their distribution based on content.

However, games can still be recalled as the result of court orders; a nude model featured in The Guy Game sued its developer and publisher over use of her likeness, as she was underage at the time of filming and thus could not personally consent to her depiction. All remaining copies of the game that contained her likeness were recalled from stores. The studio was ordered to recall and destroy all remaining copies, materials, and source code relating to the games.

The ESRB's highest rating, " Adults Only ", has been considered a total ban on the mainstream sale of certain games, as most retailers refuse to stock games carrying the rating, and they cannot be published on major video game consoles due to company policies. In November , the Government of Venezuela announced that it would ban all video games in which the objective was to shoot people. The ban was due to widespread violence in the country.

The bill was later published in the public journal of that country on December 3 [] and went into effect 3 months later, [] March 3, , making Venezuela the first country to completely ban violent video games in the world and make their manufacturing, distribution, selling, rental, exhibition and use illegal. According to reports of the Venezuelan National Guard, more than 13, objects, including violent video games, have been massively destroyed in the states of Lara [] and Portuguesa.

The ban is criticized by gamers and experts alike for its ambiguity and lack of clarity on its penalties, aside from being too harsh and indoctrinating a negative point of view. The ban extends to the digital versions of these games.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia list article. This list needs additional citations for verification.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Main article: List of banned video games in Australia.

Main article: Video gaming in Brazil. See also: Censorship in Cuba. Main article: Video gaming in Germany. Main article: Censorship in Iran. Main article: Video gaming in the Republic of Ireland. Main article: Video games in Japan. Main article: Video gaming in Malaysia.

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Postby Digal В» 23.02.2020

During the five-year reign of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Western technology and art was prohibited and this included all video games. The game was quickly pulled from tthat market and forgotten. Standoff — previously titled Active Shooter — was developed by Russian video game creator Anton Makarevskiy and publisher Ata Berdiyev.

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No known games have been here in Greece. Banned for article source, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence". The game depicts a school shooting, where the player takes gzmes role of either an active shooter or a SWAT member responding to the event. Otherwise, if the work depicts a fictitious event, the distribution of such material is illegal.

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This means that import or purchase and possession for personal use of such games is still legal for persons over 18 years of age. Banned because of violence against Muslims who are portrayed as terrorists. The studio was ordered to recall and destroy all remaining copies, materials, and source code relating to the games. Banned source "smearing the image of China and the Chinese army", although the game presents China as a protagonist and glorifies the People's Liberation Army.

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