There have been many banned video games over the years, from Manhunt and GTA, to Postal and Thrill Kill. However, the reasoning behind the banning of the video games featured in the gallery below is so ridiculous that it's almost unbelievable. Almost.
Here are 10 banned video games, and the crazy reasons why they were banned.
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List of Banned Video Games All Around The World
BANNED: Mass Effect
Why: The original Mass Effect was banned in Singapore because of a "lesbian sex scene" between a female and an androgynous alien. Its sequels were also banned in the United Arab Emirates because of the homosexual relationships the player can have in the games.
BANNED: EA Sports MMA
Why: EA's mixed martial arts simulation game wasn't banned because of the gratuitous kicking of heads featured in the game, but rather because of a law in the country that prohibits the marketing of energy drinks, something which featured quite heavily in the title.
BANNED: Saints Row 4
Why: Australia is incredibly conservative when it comes to video games, and this was made clear recently when it was revealed that the upcoming Saints Row 4 would be banned in the country, as it featured a weapon called an 'alien anal probe' that apparently promotes sexual violence.
BANNED: Injustice: Gods Among Us
Where: United Arab Emirates
Why: The DC Comics fighter was banned by the UAE because its title features the word "God." The game was repacked with the title Injustice: The Mighty Among Us, but as the on-disc content remained the same, the ban was not lifted.
BANNED: Pokémon Trading Card Game
Where: Saudi Arabia
Why: The Pokemon Trading Card Game was banned in Saudi Arabia because the cards apparently supported Zionism. According to the mufti, the highest religious authority in the state, the cards have symbols that include "the star of David, which everyone knows is connected to international Zionism and is Israel's national emblem."
BANNED: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Why: Black Ops II was banned in Pakistan because of its supposed negative portrayal of Pakistanis, but that's not the surprising part - the surprising part is the incredibly harsh punishment for selling the game. If a retailer is found to be selling the hugely popular FPS, they face community service or, even worse, a jail sentence. Yikes.
BANNED: ALL video games that feature shooting
Why: Venezuela is the first country to outright ban all violent video games, with the country's president Hugo Chavez telling citizens that there were some games that required players to kill him, calling all video game consoles, specifically the Nintendo DS and PlayStation, "poison." Fun guy.
BANNED: Command & Conquer: Generals
Why: China is strict when it comes to video games, with many developers editing content in their games to meet the country's demands.
However, China's banning of Command & Conquer: Generals for portraying the country in a "negative light" was more than a little confusing, as the game actually saw the player fight alongside China, who were portrayed as one of the world's superpowers.
BANNED: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Why: Forget about all the blood and violence, San Andreas caused an uproar when it was released after a hacker discovered a sex mini-game titled 'Hot Coffee', which allowed players to take control of protagonist CJ while he did the no pants dance with his girlfriend. Although this mini-game wasn't accessible without a hack, it still led to San Andreas being banned in Indonesia, along with receiving an 'Adults Only' rating in the US.
Where: South Korea
Why: South Korea and North Korea have had a tumultous relationship to say the least, so South Korea decided that it would be for the best to ban Homefront, a game which pits the player as members of a resistance movement fighting against a North Korean military occupation of the US. Considering North Korea's historically short fuse, this was probably a wise decision.