Video Games Banned in Uzbekistan for “Distorting Values” and “Threatening Stability”

Uzbekistan has banned games such as The Sims 4, Call of Duty and, er, Left 4 Dead 3.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

A wide range of video games have been banned in Uzbekistan, with the country’s government making it illegal for the games to be sold, imported or played as a result of them “threatening security and social and political stability.”

The list of 38 games is filled with the usual suspects such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, though also includes curious additions such as the 2010 flop Naughty Bear and the harmless The Sims 4. The list, which for some reason features games that releases as far back as the mid-’90s such as Carmageddon and Phantasmagoria, largely focuses upon titles that include violent or sexual imagery. Authorities said that the games could be used to ” propagate violence [and] pornography,” with the list also including the likes of adult games BoneTown and 3D Sex Villa 2 (why didn’t anybody tell me that there was a sequel?!)

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According to the BBC, the ban is “a continuation of the government’s efforts to keep young people away from influences that it deems ‘destructive’,” with it reportedly being enforced to prevent the “distribution of false information about Uzbekistan and the distortion of its historic, cultural and spiritual values.”

The list of games appears to have been drawn at random, as while they do all feature scenes that contain sexual / violent imagery, many of them are far from new releases. One of the games featured on the list doesn’t even exist, as Left 4 Dead 3 hasn’t even been announced by the series’ creators Valve.

Check out the full list of banned games below:

  • Postal 2
  • Phantasmagoria
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Carmageddon
  • Mass Effect
  • Dead Space
  • Naughty Bear
  • Mafia II
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Castlevania: Lord of Shadow
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Dead Rising
  • Manhunt
  • Manhunt II
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Left 4 Dead 1, 2, 3
  • Doom 3, 4
  • Hitman
  • Resident Evil 4
  • SOMA
  • Silent Hill
  • Until Dawn
  • Hatred
  • Dying Light
  • Dead By Daylight
  • Prototype
  • The Punisher
  • BoneTown
  • Lula 3D
  • 3D Sex Villa 2
  • The Sims 3, 4
  • Shadow Warrior

Though many of the games are far from relevant in the US, they are reportedly popular in Uzbekistan are have been available to play in internet cafes or on pirated DVDs.

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