Games that got a ban hammer

Why a game got  ban hammer in different countries? Don’t know why, there are many reasons behind it like nudity, use of drugs and many more. These are the games that got a ban hammer in different countries.

Let’s see which these games were and why they were banned in different countries.


Mass Effect

Banned because of lesbian Encounter between a Human and an Alien.


Banned because of excessive violence.



C & C  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 Chinese 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.

I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike:

Banned because of “intentionally blackening China and the Chinese army’s image.


United Arab Emirates:

Call of Duty Modern Warfare:

Banned possibly due to violence against Muslims.

Dead Rising 2:

Banned due to violence, gambling, and nudity.

Dragon Age Series:

Banned likely due to sexual themes, including having possible homosexual relationships.

Mafia II:

Banned likely due to excessive violence and nudity.



Battlefield 3:

Banned due to the intense scenes of the fictional US invasion on Tehran.


Saudi Arabia:

Grand Theft Auto Series:

Banned because of the presence of prostitutes and heavy sexual themes.

L.A Noire:

Banned because of nudity.

Assassin’s Creed:

Was banned (for two weeks) because of perceived negative portrayal of Arabs.

Pokémon series (trading cards only)

Banned because of “promoting Zionism and gambling.  However, that ban only applied to the trading cards, as Pokémon video games are still sold today in Saudi Arabia.


New Zealand:

Man Hunt Series:

Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty.

Postal II:

Banned because of gross, abhorrent content (urination, high impact violence, animal cruelty, homophobia, racial/ethnic stereotypes, etc.)



Thailand will ban any game having sexual contents.


In November 2009 the government of Venezuela announced that the games are completely banned in Venezuela having objective to shoot people.



Malaysia tends to ban high impact violence, depictions of cruelty, 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. On 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.



In India, cows are revered. Fallout 3 depicts post-apocalyptic mutated two-headed cows. Microsoft must have known this wouldn’t play well in India. Anyhow, most people believe this game is banned purely because of the ability to slaughter mass amounts of cows. The mutated cows are called “Brahmin”, which is actually an Indian word for a breed of cow.



No game has ever been banned in Pakistan.


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