List of banned video games
|This list needs additional citations for verification. (September 2010)|
This is a list of video games that had been censored or banned by governments of various states in the world. Governments have been criticized for banning games for many reasons, including, but not limited to; bans that increase piracy, inhibit business opportunities, violate rights, and are widely available for purchase or download. This list is not exhaustive in total, nor is it exhaustive for any country mentioned in particular.
- 1 Argentina
- 2 Australia
- 3 Brazil
- 4 China
- 5 Cuba
- 6 Cyprus
- 7 Denmark
- 8 Germany
- 9 Greece
- 10 India
- 11 Indonesia
- 12 Iran
- 13 Ireland
- 14 Italy
- 15 Japan
- 16 Kuwait
- 17 Malaysia
- 18 Mexico
- 19 New Zealand
- 20 Pakistan
- 21 Philippines
- 22 Russia
- 23 Saudi Arabia
- 24 Singapore
- 25 South Korea
- 26 Thailand
- 27 United Arab Emirates
- 28 United Kingdom
- 29 United States
- 30 Venezuela
- 31 See also
- 32 References
|RapeLay||Banned 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.|
|The Cat In The Hat||Banned due to a copyright claim by Discovery Communications.|
|Blood||Banned because of high impact violence.|
|Bully (including Scholarship Edition)||Banned for showing violence and harassment in a school setting.|
|Carmageddon||Banned because of high impact violence against pedestrians.|
|Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now||Banned because of high impact violence against pedestrians.|
|Counter-Strike||Banned because of high impact violence. The ban was later lifted and game is now being sold once again.|
|Doom||Banned because of very high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty.|
|Duke Nukem 3D||Banned because of high impact violence.|
|EverQuest||Banned because of X18+ references.|
|Grand Theft Auto||Was 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)|
|Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City||Banned because it uses music by the Brazilian composer Hamilton da Silva Lourenço without correct permissions.|
|Mortal Kombat||Banned because of high impact violence and depictions of cruelty.|
|Requiem: Avenging Angel||Banned because of high impact violence.|
|Postal||Both banned because of high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty.|
Additionally, the Department of Justice, Rating, Titles and Qualification requires that all video games be rated by the organization. Unrated titles are de facto banned from being sold in Brazil.
A very large number of video games are banned in the People's Republic of China. Games that contain drugs, sexual themes, blood, depictions of organized crime or the defaming of the Chinese government are almost always banned from sale. Because of the large size of the Chinese video game market, many studios will edit the content of their games to conform to the government's standards.
Notable games banned in that region are:
|Battlefield 4||Banned 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." |
|Command & Conquer Generals||Banned 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.|
|Football Manager 2005||Banned for recognizing Tibet as an independent country. An edited version globally was later released.|
|Hearts of Iron||Banned for portraying Tibet, Sinkiang, and Manchuria as independent countries and Taiwan as under Japanese control.|
|I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike||Banned because of "intentionally blackening China and the Chinese army's image."|
No video games have ever been banned in Cuba, but few games were sold in that country until 2007 when restrictions were eased. In 2010, the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops gained much controversy as there is a mission where the player attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro, only to end up killing a double.
No known games have been banned in Cyprus.
|EA Sports MMA||This game was not released in Denmark because of a law prohibiting marketing for energy drinks, which EA chose not to remove from the game.|
A game can be banned in Germany if it has been 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) is still legal, but any dissemination is not. The seller would break the law if a sale took place, not the buyer. On December 10, 2002, however, one German court (Oberlandesgericht Hamm) decided that a single sale of a single copy does not qualify as dissemination. Unlike indexing by the BPjM, which restricts the sale of all content-equal versions, the versions that are confiscated are enumerated in the court order. Being put on the index by the BPjM or, since April 1, 2003, being refused a rating by the USK does not equal a ban. 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.
In December 2006, Bavaria and Lower Saxony proposed legislation, to be presented to the national parliament, that would make even playing games that feature "cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters" an offense punishable with fines or jail time of up to 12 months.
§ 86a outlaws the use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations, § 130 Volksverhetzung (agitation of the people), and § 131 instructions for crimes. In the official lists, these three sections are always bundled, so any action game that contains swastika flags and/or any depiction of Adolf Hitler) is listed alongside racist propaganda pieces.
§ 131 outlaws representation of violence in media "which describe cruel or otherwise inhuman acts of violence against human beings in a manner which expresses a glorification or rendering harmless of such acts of violence or which represents the cruel or inhuman aspects of the event in a manner which injures human dignity."
§ 130 and § 131 make it to a criminal offense to do following with corresponding scriptures:
- distributing / selling
- issuing in public, demonstrating or otherwise making available
- leaving it to a person under the age of 18
- producing, buying, delivering, storing, offering, announcing, praising, importing or exporting to use them within the meaning of the letters 1 to 3.
This means, that the import or purchase and the possession for personal use are still legal for persons over 18 years.
|Soldier of Fortune: Payback||Banned due to high levels of gore (decapitations, dismemberments, and excessive blood-letting)|
|KZ Manager (1990-10-29/1990-11-19)||Banned because of Nazi references.|
|Condemned: Criminal Origins (Decision AG Munic February 2008)||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Condemned 2: Bloodshot||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Manhunt (all versions, 2004-07-19)||Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.|
|Manhunt 2||Banned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."|
|Dead Rising||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Dead Rising 2||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Silent Hill: Homecoming (Uncut)||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Wolfenstein (Uncut)||Banned because of Nazi references.|
|Scarface: The World is Yours (Uncut)||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Left 4 Dead 2 (Uncut)||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|The Darkness (Uncut European Xbox 360 version)||Banned because of Nazi signs in bonus comic.|
In August 2008, Sega confirmed that The House of the Dead: Overkill and MadWorld would not be released in Germany, due to the likelihood that they would be refused a rating by the USK. Sega also announced in November 2009 that they would not distribute Aliens vs. Predator for similar reasons.
A "Beschlagnahmung" (ban) is enforced for a minimum of ten years, after which a request for review may be submitted. The bans associated with the following titles date back more than ten years, making them eligible for review:
|Wolfenstein 3D||Was banned because of Nazi references.|
|Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines (English version 1999-06-24)||Was banned because of Nazi references.|
|Mortal Kombat (all Sega platforms, 1994-11-11)||Was banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Mortal Kombat II (all versions except Game Boy, 1995-02-08)||Was banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Mortal Kombat 3 (Mega Drive, PlayStation, SNES 1997-06-12)||Was banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|Mortyr (2001-10-24)||Was banned because of Nazi references.|
|Harvester (1996-08-31)||Was banned because of high impact violence and sex references|
|Dragon Age: Inquisition||Banned due to one of the main characters being homosexual.|
|RapeLay||Excessive pornography and sexual violence.|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow||Banned because an organization called "Darah & Doa" was considered as a threat by the President of Indonesia.|
|Battlefield 3||Banned 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.|
Because IFCO almost never rates video games, and leaves decisions to PEGI and BBFC, there have not been a lot of games banned. Only one game so far, Manhunt 2, has passed IFCO's rating of 18. But the ban was later lifted.
|Manhunt 2||Banned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."|
In 2007, following the decision of the governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Minister of Communications Paolo Gentiloni publicly expressed the desire to block the distribution of Manhunt 2 in Italy, due to the gratuitous violence and excessive cruelty of the video game, but the censorship was never put into practice.
Games are rarely banned in Japan, and it holds the place as one of the top video game producers in the world. However, Fallout 3 was edited in Japan due to a weapon in the game called the Fat Man. Because of its relation to the real historic event, the weapon was renamed to the Nuka Launcher in the Japanese version of Fallout 3. Japan's Spike removed all references to Kim Jong-il and North Korea in Homefront, as well. Resident Evil 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bulletstorm, Gears of War 3, Dead Island and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance were edited for high impact violence.
|Injustice Gods Among Us||Banned because of the use of the word Gods in the title.|
|The Order 1886||Banned likely due to nudity.|
Malaysia tends to ban high impact violence, depictions of cruelty, any content considered anti-Muslim, and sexual content. In August 2008, Head of a Malaysian consumer rights organization, Muhammad Idris, called for a ban of Grand Theft Auto and other similarly violent games such as Manhunt series. In February 2010, one week after Dante's Inferno released, the game was banned by Jabatan Agama Islam [JAIS] for cruelty, hellish visions, sexuality and content that was against Sharia.
Though no video games have ever been nationally banned, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 was banned in the state of Chihuahua due to Mexican Rebels being depicted as antagonists and stereotyping the city of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez. However, the game can still be found in shelves in other states.
In New Zealand, games are classified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. If they are dubbed "objectionable" in all cases, then they are considered banned. In this case, the game in question is not only illegal to sell, but illegal to own, possess, or import. Games are typically banned and classified as "objectionable" when they contain extreme violence, depictions of cruelty, animal cruelty, pedophilic content, or graphic depictions of sexual content., including sexual fetishes that are "offensive & abhorrent" (depictions of urination, bestiality, necrophilia, urophilia, coprophilia, and/or incest.)
|Manhunt||Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.|
|Manhunt 2||Banned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."|
|Postal 2||Banned because of gory violence.|
|Postal 2 Demo Game||Banned 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."|
|Reservoir Dogs||Banned because of high impact violence and cruelty.|
|RapeLay||Banned 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."|
|Three Sisters' Story||Banned 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."|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Banned for portraying Pakistanis negatively.|
|Medal of Honor: Warfighter||Banned for portraying Pakistanis negatively.|
In 1981, a presidential decree issued by Ferdinand Marcos outlawed the use and distribution of all video game consoles, arcade games and pinball machines, deeming them as a "destructive social enemy" and "to the detriment of the public interest". Despite the law being technically in effect following the EDSA Revolution, it has since been disregarded and unenforced.
While no video games are banned nationwide so far since 1986, at least one title, Defense of the Ancients, has been banned at a barangay in Dasmariñas, Cavite following two murder incidents involving youths in the area resulting from brawls in relation to the game.
In Russia, games are classified by the “On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development” Federal Law. 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 America and Europe have falsely 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'. 
It should be noted that most of these games can be found in some stores due to the government's lack of enforcing the banning of these games. Many major stores, however, will not stock the following banned titles.
|God of War (series)||Banned due to the presence of interactive sex scenes, partial nudity and sexual themes as well as the word "God" in the title.|
|Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare||Banned for a few weeks|
|Assassin's Creed||Was banned (for two weeks) because of perceived negative portrayal of Arabs.|
|Grand Theft Auto (series)||Partial ban, available in stores for about $100|
|Heavy Rain||Banned because of nudity and a sex scene.|
|L.A. Noire||Banned because of nudity.|
|Red Dead Redemption||Banned due to nudity, prostitution, violence and cruelty.|
|Grand Theft Auto on PC||Only GTA V is available on Steam, to be released on March 2015 .|
|Grand Theft Auto V||Partial ban, available in stores for about $100|
|Pokémon Trading Card Game|| Banned because of promotion Zionism|
|The Order 1886||Banned likely due to nudity.|
Singapore rarely ban games in the past with a few exceptions. With the implementation of age rating by the Media Development Authority of Singapore, most games are widely available for purchase only to their respective age group. However, all games of pornographic nature are still automatically banned.
|Half-Life||Banned 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.|
|Mass Effect||Banned because of a lesbian encounter between a feminine alien and female human. The ban was later lifted.|
|The Darkness||Banned because of excessive violence. The ban was later lifted for the PlayStation 3 version.|
South Korea has typically banned any game that mentions the war between North and South Korea in order to avoid tensions between the two countries. However, in December 2006, South Korea announced that these games will no longer be banned in order to comply with the principle of free expression. However, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Manhunt, Manhunt 2, and Mortal Kombat are still banned because of violence and cruelty (the first two was under KMRB regime only; it has since been lifted by GRB). In addition, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction was also banned, although this was later lifted.
Like Brazil, the Game Rating Board requires that all video games be rated by the organization. Unrated titles are de facto banned from being sold in the country, and Web sites selling them can be blocked.
|Grand Theft Auto III||Banned by the KMRB because of violence and cruelty. Later lifted by the GRB.|
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Banned by the KMRB because of violence and cruelty. Later lifted by the GRB.|
|Kira Hara||Banned due to various sensitive materials.|
|Manhunt||Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.|
|Manhunt 2||Banned for "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."|
|Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction||Banned to avoid increasing diplomatic tensions with North Korea. Later lifted.|
|Homefront||Banned to avoid increasing diplomatic tensions with North Korea, and for its negative portrayal of Korean culture.|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory||Banned 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.|
|Mortal Kombat||Banned because of violence and cruelty.|
Additionally, all video games of Grand Theft Auto video game series have been banned in Thailand since August 2008 because of an 18-year old Thai player who killed a taxi-driver similar to the gameplay in GTA.
United Arab Emirates
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. The NMC do not usually 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 in the nation's grey market.
The following (incomplete list of) titles are banned from mainstream physical retail circulations.
|BlazBlue: Continuum Shift||Banned likely due to suggestive and revealing outfits on some characters.|
|Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare||Banned possibly due to violence against Muslims. The ban has since been lifted.|
|Darksiders||Banned 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.|
|Dead Island & Dead Island: Riptide||Banned likely due to "extreme depictions of violence and scantily-clad game characters." Ban did not extend to digital versions of the games however.|
|Dead Rising 2||Banned likely due to violence, gambling, and nudity. The ban has since been lifted for newer prints of the game.|
|Dragon Age: Origins||Banned likely due to sexual themes, including having possible homosexual relationships. The ban has since been lifted for the digital versions of the game.|
|Dragon Age II||Banned likely due to sexual themes, including having possible homosexual relationships.|
|Fallout: New Vegas||Banned likely due to gambling and sexual themes.|
|The Godfather II||Banned likely due to nudity.|
|God of War series||Banned likely due to high impact of violence, gore, and cruelty.|
|Grand Theft Auto series||Banned likely due to high impact of violence and cruelty. Prior to Vice City, earlier titles were sold normally.|
|Heavy Rain||Banned likely due to violent, sexual content, and a sultry seduction scene.|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us||Despite 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.|
|Mafia II||Banned likely due to excessive violence and nudity. The ban has since been lifted for digital versions of the game.|
|Mass Effect 2 & 3||Banned likely due to possible homosexual relationships.|
|Max Payne 3||Banned likely due to excessive violence and sexual themes. Ban was issued roughly three weeks after official release date.|
|Red Dead Redemption||Initially banned, likely due to nudity. Ban later lifted circa two months after official release date.|
|Saints Row: The Third & Saints Row IV||Banned 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.|
|Spec Ops: The Line||Banned 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.|
|Catherine||Banned likely due to sexual themes and nudity.|
|Watch Dogs||Initially 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.|
Games in the UK usually only receive a ban when they contain real sex scenes or extreme and gratuitous violence. PEGI age ratings are compulsory and are backed by legislation, taking effect on 30 July 2012. It is illegal to sell, buy or rent (but legal to import) a game that has not been classified by an approved age rating organisation in the UK. This only applies to games stored on physical media, not to downloadable media.
|Carmageddon||Was 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.|
|Manhunt 2||The 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).|
|The Punisher||Despite 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.|
Also, an arcade game, Sonic Blast Man, was recalled and banned (due to federal law prohibiting resale of recalled items) from American arcades due to safety issues surrounding the game's punching bag controller.
In November 2009, 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 gone into effect 3 months later, March 3, 2010, making Venezuela the first country to completely ban violent videogames in the world and making their manufacturing, distribution, selling, rental, exhibition and use illegal. Even though the proponents were not from the Venezuelan Government's political party, Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), President Hugo Chávez supported the ban, claiming there are some Internet games featuring him so players can "kill him"; and even calling video games consoles, including Nintendo DS and Sony's PlayStation, "poison" and values of the capitalism, which he considers "the road to hell".
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. On the other hand, Sony expressed their hopes for the government to make changes for the law for good.
- Video game controversy
- List of regionally censored video games
- List of recalled video games
- List of books banned by governments
- List of controversial video games
- Schiesel, Seth (2011-06-28). "Supreme Court Has Ruled; Now Games Have a Duty". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- Barnes, Robert (2011-06-27). "Supreme Court strikes Calif. law banning sale of violent video games to minors". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- "Supreme Court Violent Video Games Ruling: Ban On Sale, Rental To Children Unconstitutional". The Huffington Post. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- Moses, Asher; Hutcheon, Stephen (2007-03-15). "Game site skirts censors' ban". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
- Ashcraft, Brian (2010-04-21). "Years Later, Argentina Bans Rape Video Game". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- AFP (2010-04-18). "Prohíben el videojuego 'Rapelay' en Argentina por apología de delitos sexuales" (in Spanish). Google News. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
- Federico Gracia (2010-04-19). "Rapelay: el videojuego en el que hay que violar" (in Spanish). RedUsers.
- "Incautan 27 juegos Rapelay cuya venta está prohibida" (in Spanish). NotiExpress. 2010-04-22.
- "Videojuego que simula violación fue prohibido en Argentina" (in Spanish). Nacion.cl. 2010-04-19.
- Mullen, Michael (1999-12-17). "Brazil Bans More Games". GameSpot.
- "Portaria MJ nº 724 de 16/12/1999". Normas Brasil. 1999-12-17.
- "Proibida venda de jogo eletrônico". MPRS. 1999-04-08.
- Bishop, Stuart (2008-01-21). "Banned in Brazil: Counter-Strike and EverQuest". CVG. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
- Do G1, em São Paulo (2008-06-18). "G1 - Games - Justiça libera venda do game 'Counter-Strike' no Brasil" (in Portuguese). G1.globo.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- McWhertor, Michael (2008-01-18). "Only in Brazil: Brazilian Government Bans Counter-Strike, EverQuest, Fun". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- Bueno, Renato (2010-10-18). "Brazilian Court Forbids The Sale Of Episodes From Liberty City Worldwide". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
- Leslie Hook (2012-06-18). "Lenovo's Kinect-clone evades Chinese ban on video-game consoles". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Luke Ume (2011-12-15). "Console Revolution". The Escapist. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Jou, Eric. "China Lifts Their Console Ban... But With Strings Attached". Kotaku. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
- Parrish, Kevin (2013-12-27). "Battlefield 4 Now Banned in China". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
- "Swedish video game banned for harming China's sovereignty". Xinhua. 2004-05-29. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- "China bans online game Football Manager 2005". Xinhua. 2004-12-08. Retrieved 20414-07-20. Check date values in:
- "Computer game cracked down on for discrediting China's image". Xinhua. 2004-03-19.
- "Call of Duty: Black Ops plot allowing players to assassinate Fidel Castro causes outrage in Cuba". Daily Mail (London). 2010-11-11.
- Pereira, Chris (2008-09-30). "EA Sports MMA Not Releasing in Denmark". 1up.com. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
- Beschlagnahmung, medienzensur.de
- Software for your Internet Cafe - Computer Games on the Index List, InterCafe
- Germany to crack down on violent video games by Bertrand Benoit, 2006-12-06.
- Germany Drafts Stringent Anti-Violent Game Law by Jason Dobson, Gamasutra, 2006-12-06.
- German gov't considers jail time for gamers by Emma Boyes, GameSpot UK, December 2006.
- "German Criminal Code, Section 131 Representation of Violence". Iuscomp.org. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "House of the Dead: Overkill and MadWorld banned from Germany". nintendoeverything.com. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
|last1=in Authors list (help)
- G., Philipp (2008-08-19). "House of the Dead: Overkill & MadWorld nicht in Deutschland!". nintendo-online.de/ (in German). Retrieved 2014-07-15.
- Pyle, Duke E. (2009-11-11). "AvPvGermany? Sega Won't Be Selling Game To Germans". GameInformer. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- Perry, Douglas (2011-09-04). "Germany Removes Doom Sales Ban After 17 Years". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
- Goodwins, Rupert (2002-09-02). "In Greece, use a GameBoy, go to jail". CNet. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- "Greeks fight computer game ban". BBC News. 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- Loney, Matt (2002-10-11). "Greek game ban overturned". ZDNet. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- "Iran bans US video game showing Tehran invasion". AFP. Nov 28, 2011.
- "Manhunt 2 Video Game Prohibited." Irish Film Classification Office.
- Maruccia, Alfonso (22 June 2007). "Censura, Gentiloni blocca Manhunt 2" (in Italian). Punto Informatico. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Game over? Not yet: Japan's video game industry appears vibrant despite a crisis of confidence" Daily Yomiuri Online.
- Parker, Laura (2011-03-15). "Kim Jong-il axed from Homefront in Japan". Gamespot.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Fomca: Regulate video games". Malaysianbar.org.my. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- Colette Bennett. "Malaysian Consumer Group blame it all on GTA". Destructoid.
- Gaudiosi, John (2007-03-26). "Locally-made "GRAW2" Banned in Mexico". WRAL News. wral.com. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
- Manhunt: Reasons for Decision[dead link]
- New Zealand censor pulls Postal² by Tony Smith, The Register, 2004-11-30.
- Conditt, Jessica (2013-01-23). "Black Ops 2, Warfighter banned in Pakistan for depicting country in 'very poor light'". Joystiq. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
- Long, Tony (19 November 2010). "Nov. 19, 1981: Marcos Regime Puts the Kibosh on Games". Wired. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "President Marcos bans video game machines". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 19 November 1981. p. 17. Retrieved February 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Presidential Decree No. 519 - Supra Source". Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- Dillon, Roberto (12 April 2011). The Golden Age of Video Games: The Birth of a Multibillion Dollar Industry. Page xvii: CRC Press. ISBN 1439873232.
- issued a ban "DOTA banned in internet shops in Cavite village". 21 January 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- Cowen, Nick (2009-11-17). "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 not banned in Russia, says Activision". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 21 October 2010.
- "Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon". BBC. March 26, 2001. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
- "Singapore Bans Half-Life". Gamespot. Retrieved 24 January 2000.
- "Half-Life ban lifted". Gamespot. Retrieved 3 February 2000.
- "Singapore Bans Game Over Lesbian Scene." ABC News.
- "Ban lifted on Xbox game with sex scene". The New Zealand Herald. Reuters. November 18, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
- The Darkness - Banned in Singapore (Game Axis)
- Korea lifts game censorship by Emma Boyes, 2006-12-29, GameSpot
- 성인 게임 모탈컴뱃, 심의 '거부'…역시 잔인해서? (in Korean). ZDNet Korea. 2011-04-07.
- "สั่งแบนGTA ร้านเกมไหนมีโดนจับ". Daily News (in Thai). ThaiNN.com. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "สลด! ม.6 แทงโหดฆ่าแท็กซี่ เลียนแบบเกมโจร GTA". Thai Rath (in Thai). Sanook.com. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- Tyler Nagata (February 1, 2011). "BlazBlue: Continuum Shift banned in United Arab Emirates". gamesradar. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- "UAE: Darksiders banned".
- "Dead Island banned".
- "Official Geekay Games (U.A.E.'s biggest video game retailer) Facebook page stating Dead Rising 2 is banned in the U.A.E.".
- "Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins now banned in the UAE".
- "Official Geekay Games (U.A.E.'s biggest video game retailer) Facebook page stating Fallout: New Vegas is banned in the U.A.E.".
- "The Godfather II Banned in the UAE".
- "Heavy Rain? Not in the UAE.".
- Fakhruddin, Mufaddal (2013-04-29). "Injustice: Gods Among Us Banned in UAE, Kuwait". IGN Middle East. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- "Mafia II video game banned in the UAE".
- Fakhruddin, Mufaddal (2012-06-14). "Max Payne 3 Banned in UAE". IGN Middle East. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
- "Red Dead Redemption Banned?".
- "Official Geekay Games (U.A.E.'s biggest video game retailer) Facebook page stating Red Dead Redemption now unbanned in the U.A.E.".
- "Wild West video game bucks trend".
- "Saints Row: The Third banned in the UAE".
- Simpson, Colin Simpson (2012-06-21). "Spec Ops game preview blocked in UAE". The National. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
- "Spec Ops: The Line - Banned in the UAE and the region". Moey's.net. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
- "PlayStation 3 port of Spec Ops: The Line available via Geekay Games' online store, but notes is not for sale in the U.A.E. (Xbox 360 port is also included, and treated likewise.)".
- Fakhruddin, Mufaddal (2014-06-02). "Why Isn't Watch Dogs Available in the UAE?". IGN Middle East. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- Fakhruddin, Mufaddal (2014-07-20). "Watch Dogs Middle East Release Date Announced". IGN Middle East. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- "PEGI ratings become UK’s single video game age rating system". The Association For UK Interactive Entertainment. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- The Digital Download BBFC Loophole by Phil Lee & Ray Coyle, 2007-11-28, (MCV)
- "Banned But Still On The Road" The Independent.
- "UK: Manhunt 2 Banned, Rockstar Responds - Edge Magazine". Next-gen.biz. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Case Study: The Punisher". bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
- Hoy entra en vigencia ley que prohibe videojuegos y juguetes bélicos. Noticias24. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
- Chávez la emprende de nuevo contra la muñeca “Barbie” y la “Play Station”. Noticias24. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
- GNB destruyó 5 mil 600 juguetes bélicos en Lara. Noticias24. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
- Foto: Prensa Core4. "En fotos: GNB destruye juguetes y videojuegos bélicos en Portuguesa". Noticias24.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- Inside Telecom Vol. V #85, Sección Agenda. 2009-11-16.
- Cultores de God of War III esperan ayuda del Olimpo. Hormiga Analítica. Retrieved 2010-06-08.