Manhunt, GTA and More: Banned Video Games

Violence, sexual assault and other bad behavior prompted governments around the world to proscribe these games. See our data to learn more about the legion of the banned. 



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Banned video games mapped by country

Page Title
Ban Category
Ban Status
Details
Country
50 Cent: Bulletproof - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedBanned due to high impact gory violence. A censored version was later released.Australia
Assassin's Creed - Saudi ArabiaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsBan LiftedWas banned (for two weeks) because of perceived negative portrayal of Arabs,Saudi Arabia
Battlefield III - IranIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned due to the intense battles of the fictional US invasion on Tehran, as well as on the intense battle on the Grand Bazaar. Already prior to the ban, many retail stores were removing copies of the said game from the shelves.Iran
Battlefield IV - ChinaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned due to the discrediting of China's national image as well as a threat to national security, in which the Chinese Ministry claims that the game shows it a "cultural invasion."China
BlazBlue II: Continuum Shift - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityActiveBanned likely due to suggestive and revealing outfits on some characters.United Arab Emirates
Blitz I: The League - AustraliaDrug related to IncentivesActiveBanned due to drug use related to incentives and rewards.Australia
Blood - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence.Brazil
BMX XXX - AustraliaSex and NudityCensored Version ReleasedBanned for high impact sexual references. A censored version was later released.Australia
Bully - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for showing violence and harassment in a school setting.Brazil
Call of Duty IV: Modern Warfare - Saudi ArabiaActiveBanned for a few weeksSaudi Arabia
Call of Duty IV: Modern Warfare - United Arab EmiratesGraphic Violence and CrueltyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsBan LiftedBanned possibly due to violence against Muslims. The ban has since been lifted.United Arab Emirates
Call of Duty: Black Ops II - PakistanIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned for portraying Pakistanis negatively.Pakistan
Carmageddon - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence against pedestrians.Brazil
Carmageddon - United KingdomBan LiftedWas threatened with being refused certification in its uncut form. Was subsequently altered to replace humans with zombies. The restriction was later lifted, and a patch was released to restore the original human content.United Kingdom
Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence against pedestrians.Brazil
Catherine - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityActiveBanned likely due to sexual themes and nudity.United Arab Emirates
Command & Conquer Generals - ChinaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned for "smearing the image of China and the Chinese army" despite the fact that the game presents China as a quasi-protagonist. Additionally, the GLA campaign has the player destroy questionable targets such as the Three Gorges Dam and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.China
Commandos I: Behind Enemy Lines - GermanyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveWas banned because of Nazi references.Germany
Condemned I: Criminal Origins - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Condemned II: Bloodshot - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Counter-Strike - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyBan LiftedBanned because of high impact violence. The ban was later lifted and game is now being sold once again.Brazil
Dante's Inferno - MalaysiaGraphic Violence and CrueltySex and NudityIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveCruelty, hellish visions, sexuality and content that was against Sharia.Malaysia
Dark Sector - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of high impact gory violence involving mutilations. A censored version was later released.Australia
Darksiders - United Arab EmiratesIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned likely due to contradicting with customs and traditions. Its sequel, which feature similar themes, was released without issues however, and even had a localised print release for the PlayStation 3 version.United Arab Emirates
Dead Island - United Arab EmiratesGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned likely due to "extreme depictions of violence and scantily-clad game characters." Ban did not extend to digital versions of the games however.United Arab Emirates
Dead Island: Riptide - United Arab EmiratesGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned likely due to "extreme depictions of violence and scantily-clad game characters." Ban did not extend to digital versions of the games however.United Arab Emirates
Dead Rising - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Dead Rising II - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Dead Rising II - United Arab EmiratesGraphic Violence and CrueltyGamblingSex and NudityBan LiftedBanned likely due to violence, gambling, and nudity. The ban has since been lifted for newer prints of the game.United Arab Emirates
Doom - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of very high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty.Brazil
Dragon Age II - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityHomosexualityActiveBanned likely due to sexual themes, including having possible homosexual relationships.United Arab Emirates
Dragon Age: Origins - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityHomosexualityBan LiftedBanned likely due to sexual themes, including having possible homosexual relationships. The ban has since been lifted for the digital versions of the game.United Arab Emirates
Dreamweb - AustraliaSexual ViolenceCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of a scene of "sexualized violence". A censored edition was re-released after gaining an M rating.Australia
Duke Nukem 3D - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence.Brazil
EA Sports MMA - DenmarkMarketing of Illegal ProductsActiveThis game was not released in Denmark because of a law prohibiting marketing for energy drinks, which EA chose not to remove from the game.Denmark
EverQuest - BrazilActiveBanned because of X18+ references.Brazil
Fallout IV: New Vegas - United Arab EmiratesGamblingSex and NudityActiveBanned likely due to gambling and sexual themes.United Arab Emirates
Football Manager 2005 - ChinaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsCensored Version ReleasedBanned for recognizing Tibet as an independent country. An edited version globally was later released.China
God of War (series) - Saudi ArabiaSex and NudityIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned due to the presence of interactive sex scenes, partial nudity and sexual themes as well as the word "God" in the title.Saudi Arabia
God of War (series) - United Arab EmiratesGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned likely due to high impact of violence, gore, and cruelty.United Arab Emirates
Grand Theft Auto (series) - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyBan LiftedWas banned because of high impact violence. This is only to the original GTA, and is no longer banned (save for the music-related Barueri ban of Episodes from Liberty City)Brazil
Grand Theft Auto (series) - MalaysiaActiveMalaysia
Grand Theft Auto (series) - Saudi ArabiaPartial BanPartial ban, available in stores for about $100Saudi Arabia
Grand Theft Auto (series) - ThailandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActivebecause of an 18-year old Thai player who killed a taxi-driver similar to the gameplay in GTAThailand
Grand Theft Auto (series) - United Arab EmiratesGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned likely due to high impact of violence and cruelty. Prior to Vice City, earlier titles were sold normally.United Arab Emirates
Grand Theft Auto (series) on PC - Saudi ArabiaActiveOnly GTA V is available on Steam , to be released on March 2015 .Saudi Arabia
Grand Theft Auto III - South KoreaGraphic Violence and CrueltyBan LiftedBanned by the KMRB because of violence and cruelty. Later lifted by the GRB.South Korea
Grand Theft Auto V - Saudi ArabiaPartial BanPartial ban, available in stores for about $100Saudi Arabia
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City - BrazilCopyright InfrigmentActiveBanned because it uses music by the Brazilian composer Hamilton da Silva Lourenço without correct permissions.Brazil
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - South KoreaGraphic Violence and CrueltyBan LiftedBanned by the KMRB because of violence and cruelty. Later lifted by the GRB.South Korea
Half-Life - SingaporeGraphic Violence and CrueltyBan LiftedBanned because of excessive violence. The ban was met with uproar as the local gaming community and retailers scrambled to start petitions to save the game. The government decided to lift the ban after a week as the game had been released for more than a year and the ban will impact the local LAN gaming and retail market.Singapore
Harvester - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltySex and NudityActiveWas banned because of high impact violence and sex referencesGermany
Hearts of Iron - ChinaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned for portraying Tibet, Sinkiang, and Manchuria as independent countries and Taiwan as under Japanese control.China
Heavy Rain - Saudi ArabiaSex and NudityActiveBanned because of nudity and a sex scene.Saudi Arabia
Heavy Rain - United Arab EmiratesSexual ViolenceSex and NudityActiveBanned likely due to violent, sexual content, and a sultry seduction scene.United Arab Emirates
Homefront - South KoreaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned to avoid increasing diplomatic tensions with North Korea, and for its negative portrayal of Korean culture.South Korea
Hotline Miami II: Wrong Number - AustraliaSexual ViolenceActiveBanned due to a scene of sexual violence.Australia
I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike - ChinaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned because of "intentionally blackening China and the Chinese army's image."China
Injustice: Gods Among Us - United Arab EmiratesIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsBan LiftedDespite being initially marketed for Middle Eastern distribution under the title Injustice: The Mighty Among Us, the game failed to surpass the NMC's censors for a period of time, and was banned likely for the case package and on-disc software title itself being identical to its European release, with the term "God" retained (official reason not given however). The game had been demoed at various events in the U.A.E. without incident for many months prior to the official release date. The ban on the title had since been lifted though.United Arab Emirates
Kira Hara - South KoreaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned due to various sensitive materials.South Korea
KZ Manager - GermanyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned because of Nazi references.Germany
L.A. Noire - Saudi ArabiaSex and NudityActiveBanned because of nudity.Saudi Arabia
Left 4 Dead II - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Leisure Suit Larry:Magna Cum Laude - AustraliaSex related to IncentivesActiveBanned due to sexuality and nudity in relation to incentives and rewards.Australia
Mafia II - United Arab EmiratesIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsSex and NudityBan LiftedBanned likely due to excessive violence and nudity. The ban has since been lifted for digital versions of the game.United Arab Emirates
Manhunt (series) - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveOriginally rated MA15+. Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock later appealed the rating, banning it because of high-impact violence involving torture.Australia
Manhunt (series) - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.Germany
Manhunt (series) - MalaysiaActiveMalaysia
Manhunt (series) - New ZealandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.New Zealand
Manhunt (series) - South KoreaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.South Korea
Manhunt II - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."Germany
Manhunt II - IrelandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."Ireland
Manhunt II - New ZealandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."New Zealand
Manhunt II - South KoreaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."South Korea
Manhunt II - United KingdomGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedThe uncut version was the only game to be refused classification by the BBFC (therefore banned), due to excessive violence. After this, a modified version was made and submitted for certification - this was initially refused classification as well, but was allowed to be sold after an appeal (despite a successful challenge to this ruling).United Kingdom
Marc Eckō's Getting Up:Contents Under Pressure - AustraliaActiveOriginally released with an MA15+. Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock used his power to appeal the decision, getting it banned for high impact themes involving the glorification of graffiti.Australia
Mass Effect - SingaporeSex and NudityHomosexualityBan LiftedBanned because of a lesbian encounter between a feminine alien and female human. The ban was later lifted.Singapore
Mass Effect II - United Arab EmiratesHomosexualityActiveBanned likely due to possible homosexual relationships.United Arab Emirates
Mass Effect III - United Arab EmiratesHomosexualityActiveBanned likely due to possible homosexual relationships.United Arab Emirates
Max Payne - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityActiveBanned likely due to excessive violence and sexual themes. Ban was issued roughly three weeks after official release date.United Arab Emirates
Medal of Honor IVX: Warfighter - PakistanIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned for portraying Pakistanis negatively.Pakistan
Mercenaries I: Playground of Destruction - South KoreaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned to avoid increasing diplomatic tensions with North Korea. Later lifted.South Korea
Mortal Kombat - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and depictions of cruelty.Brazil
Mortal Kombat - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveWas banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Mortal Kombat - South KoreaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of violence and cruelty.South Korea
Mortal Kombat II - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveWas banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Mortal Kombat III - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveWas banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Mortyr - GermanyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveWas banned because of Nazi references.Germany
NARC (2005) - AustraliaDrug related to IncentivesActiveBanned due to drug use related to incentives and rewards.Australia
NecroVisioN - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of high impact graphic violence. A censored version was later released with an M rating.Australia
Phantasmagoria - AustraliaSexual ViolenceRapeActiveBanned because of a scene involving rape/sexual violence.Australia
Pokémon Trading Card Game - Saudi ArabiaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned because of promotion ZionismSaudi Arabia
Postal - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned due to depictions of revolting and abhorrent content.Australia
Postal - ChinaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBoth banned because of high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty.China
Postal II - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveOriginally released unrated to some retail stores in Australia. When picked up for publishing in Australia it was banned because of excessive abhorrent and revolting content. The game and its expansions became available for purchase in the Steam store in 2012 without classification. It is yet to be taken down.Australia
Postal II - New ZealandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of gory violence.New Zealand
Postal II Demo Game - New ZealandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for "the use of urine in association with degrading and dehumanising conduct, and to tend to promote and support the infliction of extreme violence and extreme cruelty."New Zealand
RapeLay - ArgentinaRapeSex and YouthActiveBanned because the object of the game is to stalk and rape a woman and her two daughters, at least one of whom appears to be underage.Argentina
RapeLay - IndonesiaSex and NuditySexual ViolenceActiveExcessive pornography and sexual violence.Indonesia
RapeLay - New ZealandSex and YouthGraphic Violence and CrueltyRapeActiveBanned because "it promotes and supports the exploitation of young persons for sexual purposes, and the use of violence to compel a person to submit to sexual conduct."New Zealand
Red Dead Redemption - Saudi ArabiaSex and NudityGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned due to nudity, prostitution, violence and cruelty.Saudi Arabia
Red Dead Redemption - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityBan LiftedInitially banned, likely due to nudity. Ban later lifted circa two months after official release date.United Arab Emirates
Requiem: Avenging Angel - BrazilGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence.Brazil
Reservoir Dogs - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and disturbing scenes of torture.Australia
Reservoir Dogs - New ZealandGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.New Zealand
Risen - AustraliaSex related to IncentivesDrug related to IncentivesActiveBanned because of sexual activity and drug use related to incentives and rewards.Australia
Saints Row III - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityGraphic Violence and CrueltyDrug and Alchool UseActiveBanned likely due to sexual themes, excessive violence, and for the use of drugs and alcohol. Ban did not extend to digital versions of the games however.United Arab Emirates
Saints Row IV - AustraliaSexual ViolenceDrug related to IncentivesCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of sexual violence and drug use related to incentives/rewards. An appeal was lodged but failed. An edited version was released lacking said content.Australia
Saints Row IV - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityGraphic Violence and CrueltyDrug and Alchool UseActiveBanned likely due to sexual themes, excessive violence, and for the use of drugs and alcohol. Ban did not extend to digital versions of the games however.United Arab Emirates
Scarface: The World is Yours - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Shellshock II: Blood Trails - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact gory violence throughout.Australia
Silent Hill VI: Homecoming - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of a high impact torture scene involving drilling into body parts. Konami has since modified this part of the game.Australia
Silent Hill VI: Homecoming - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of high impact violence and cruelty.Germany
Singles: Flirt Up Your Life - AustraliaSex related to IncentivesActiveBanned because of sexuality and nudity in relation to incentives and rewards.Australia
Soldier of Fortune III: Payback - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of high impact violence involving graphic depictions of dismemberment. Activision has since modified the game to receive an MA15+ rating.Australia
Soldier of Fortune III: Payback - GermanyGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned due to high levels of gore (decapitations, dismemberments, and excessive blood-letting)Germany
Sonic Blast Man - United StatesSafety IssuesActiveRecalled and banned (due to federal law prohibiting resale of recalled items) from American arcades due to safety issues surrounding the game's punching bag controllerUnited States
South Park: The Stick of Truth - AustraliaSexual ViolenceSex and YouthCensored Version ReleasedBanned due to a scene of sexual violence involving minors. A version was released replacing said scene with a title card.Australia
Spec Ops XI: The Line - United Arab EmiratesIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned likely due to the game's fictional depiction of the U.A.E.'s real-life city of Dubai in a state of ravage and destruction. Unlike other banned games, the NMC had extended their focus for this title going far as to issue the TRA to block the game's official website and subsequently stop the title's distribution throughout the rest of the GCC, as well as Jordan, and Lebanon. Local retailers, such as Geekay Games, are not even able to sell the game via their online shops to U.A.E. residents. Digital distribution platform Steam does not offer the game in the region, although that is likely the publisher's decision. It is currently unknown whether the game would be available via PSN's official Middle Eastern hub.United Arab Emirates
State of Decay - AustraliaDrug related to IncentivesActiveBanned due to drug use related to incentives and rewards.Australia
Syndicate - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned for high impact violence including depictions of frequent mutilations.Australia
The Cat In The Hat - BrazilCopyright InfrigmentActiveBanned due to a copyright claim by Discovery Communications.Brazil
The Darkness - GermanyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned because of Nazi signs in bonus comic.Germany
The Darkness - SingaporeGraphic Violence and CrueltyActiveBanned because of excessive violence. The ban was later lifted for the PlayStation 3 version.Singapore
The Getaway - AustraliaGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedOriginally released uncut with an MA15+, it was later resubmitted and banned due to a scene of high impact torture. A censored version omitting this scene was later released with an MA15+.Australia
The Godfather II - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityActiveBanned likely due to nudity.United Arab Emirates
The Guy Game - United StatesSex and NudityActive"banned" due to existing pornography lawsUnited States
The Punisher - United KingdomGraphic Violence and CrueltyCensored Version ReleasedDespite the game already being the edited American release, it was threatened with being refused classification due to objectionable content: The interrogation scenes were deemed very high in impact and could cause harm to the public. The publishers made edits at the request of the BBFC to further mask these scenes, and this final version received an 18 certificate.United Kingdom
The Witcher II - AustraliaSex related to IncentivesCensored Version ReleasedBanned because of sex related to incentive and rewards. A side quest was given a minor edit (changing the context of sex being used as an incentive) and the game was subsequently re-rated MA15+.Australia
Three Sisters' Story - New ZealandSex and YouthGraphic Violence and CrueltyRapeActiveBanned because it "tends to promote and support the use of violence to compel a person to submit to sexual conduct, and the exploitation of young persons for sexual purposes."New Zealand
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell II: Pandora Tomorrow - IndonesiaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned because an organization called "Darah & Doa" was considered as a threat by the President of IndonesiaIndonesia
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell III: Chaos Theory - South KoreaIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned until 2006 because one of the levels has Sam Fisher in Seoul, South Korea during a war with North Korea against South Korea and the United States.South Korea
Voyeur - AustraliaSex and NudityActiveOriginally rated MA15+. Later appealed and banned because of a scene of high impact sexual dialogue involving incest.Australia
Watch Dogs - United Arab EmiratesSex and NudityGraphic Violence and CrueltyDrug and Alchool UseActiveInitially banned, and also withheld from regional distribution both physically and digitally, likely due to sexual themes, nudity, excessive violence, and for the use of drugs and alcohol. Despite the ban, the game continues to be visibly listed on digital platforms like Steam. The game's local distributor had since confirmed that the title will be officially available in the U.A.E. and the rest of the region by August 15, 2014 for some platforms (PS3, PS4, XB360) and without any in-game alterations. Since then, The games has been released as the Gulf Region Edition. The official Xbox One version was not released until sometime after the console itself had its official launch in the region in September 2014 (albeit the console was already being imported and sold by various retailers prior to the official launch). The PC version remain unavailable however, consequently blocking access to the downloadable version on Steam.United Arab Emirates
Wolfenstein - GermanyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveBanned because of Nazi references.Germany
Wolfenstein 3D - GermanyIdeological and/or Religious ReasonsActiveWas banned because of Nazi references.Germany

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The list is not complete, as there is no single global database with this information. Also, the number of video games censored in some countries, like China, is particularly hard to track. For this reason, raking countries in terms of "number of banned videogames" solely based on the data on this Silk can present misleading results. The information we have included is based on Wikipedia, but we invite you to help us expand the project by suggesting edits or inaccuracies. 

The games listed in this site include bans that were subsequently lifted, or video games that were subsequently distributed in censored versions. You can use the filter "Ban Category" to filter for a specific ban status.

Manhunt games banned in seven countries, GTA in six.

Manhunt videogames (and particularly Manhunt II) have been banned in Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. In some of these places the games were  then allowed to circulated, in a censored version that cuts the most high-impact cruel scenes that include graphic torture.

The GTA video games have been banned in at least 6 countries. You can quickly visualize this by typing "Grand Theft Auto in the "Game" filter of the previous map. Brazil, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Malaysia, and South Korea all banned one or more episodes of the series, mainly for the high graphic violence. In Thailand the ban is linked to a case where "an 18-year old Thai player [...] killed a taxi-driver similar to the gameplay in GTA" [1]. In most of these countries the ban is related to the high graphic violence of the game, although in Brazil this type of ban was lifted after two weeks. The persisting ban is now limited to GTA Liberty Cities, for copyright reasons: it uses music by the Brazilian composer Hamilton without the proper permissions.

Top 5 games for number of countries where banned

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Video Games, Sexual Violence and Rape

Some videogames have been banned because of their reference to rape. The most controversial seems RapeLay, banned at least in Australia and Argentina, as the "object of the game is to stalk and rape a woman and her two daughters, at least one of whom appears to be underage" [2]

The following grid allows you to explore more details about banned vidoe games, by letting you filter for a specific ban category, status of banning country.

Interactive table of bans

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Ideological and/or Religious Reasons are the second most common cause of the bans in this sample

Graphic violence appears the biggest reason why video games get ban. Number two is ideology/religion, followed by a series of sex-related motivations.

Number of bans grouped by motivation

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From the games we have in our dataset, the following countries all have banned video games for Ideological and/or religious reasons.

(The games listed for Germany were banned for Nazi references. The ban can be reviewed 10 years after its issue, and some of the mentioned  games are now eligible for this).

Bans grouped by country

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Electronic Arts publisher of most games banned for reasons related to sex

Number of bans grouped by publisher

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Details of EA games banned for reasons related to sex

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Censored  versions available

Some video games were originally banned, but after edits and cuts, a censored version was allowed for distribution

Banned video games with Censored Version Released as ban atatus

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