Welcome back to WonderlyTV. And today we’re counting down our picks for top 6 video games banned for its content.
Number 6: RapeLay
The title says it all. RapeLay by Japanese studio Illusion is a game that got people talking. Initially released in 2006, it instantly kicked off a firestorm of bad emotions.
The game puts you in the shoes of a notorious sexual predator. In the game, you will take on tasks that are very sexual in nature. These include stalking and raping a mother and her two daughters.
Needless to say, RapeLay was banned in multiple countries, such as Argentina, Indonesia, and New Zealand. In the U.S., the game managed to get an AO rating, which basically means retailers would not stock it. If you’re still curious, you can probably get the game online. But we highly discourage to do that.
Number 5: Custer’s Revenge
This game may look too plain with its retro-style graphics but it’s definitely one of the smuttiest games of all time. Produced by Mystique for Atari 2600 in 1982, Custer’s Revenge quickly became a controversial game.
It follows the story of a horny General Custer, depicted as a man who wears nothing but a cavalry hat, a pair of boots, a bandana, and of course, a pixelated boner.
This perverted character has to walk across the screen and overcome a hail of arrows in order to get his final goal – having sex with a Native American woman tied to a pole.
With its sexual nature, the game instantly sparked a moral panic. There were even claims that the game “generated many gang rapes of Native American women.”
Number 4: Manhunt 2
Manhunt 2 is one of Rockstar Games’ most controversial titles. It is a psychological horror stealth video game that follows the story of Daniel Lamb, a mental patient suffering from amnesia. As he tries to uncover his true identity, he was accompanied by a sociopathic assassin Leo Kasper.
With the game’s brutal and pornographic theme, it was suspended by Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive. This is after it was refused classification in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and given an Adults Only (AO) rating in the United States.
It was also banned in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Interestingly, Rockstar re-edited the game and added some graphical filters to lessen the gore and was released.
Number 3: Postal 2
Another controversial game is Postal 2 by Running With Scissors. It is the sequel to the 1997 game Postal. Interestingly, both games gained mixed reactions from the gaming world due to high levels of violence and stereotyping.
New Zealand is one of the first to ban it. In 2004, the country prohibited the game, citing “Gross, abhorrent content: Urination, High Impact Violence, Animal Cruelty, Homophobia, Racial, and Ethnic Stereotypes” as the reasoning.
Malaysia followed suit in 2007, claiming that the game has a “very high impact violence & offensive depictions of cruelty.”
Interestingly, it was later legally made available worldwide via GOG.com in 2009 and Desura in 2012. Postal 2 was also greenlit on Steam the same year.
Number 2: Grand Theft Auto
This game is, without a doubt, one of the most successful titles of all time. But did you know that Grand Theft Auto was banned in some parts of the world?
That’s right. Rockstar’s cash cow has been the target of pushback all over the globe for their glorification of violence and mayhem.
Thailand, in particular, put a total ban on the game after it was linked to a crime in 2008. Apparently, a young man hailed a Bangkok taxi. When it was time for him to pay the fare, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the driver to death.
The suspect blamed Grand Theft Auto for his crime, saying “killing seemed easy in the game” and that he needed the money to play it at internet cafes.
Number 1: Bully
Another Rockstar game made its way to our list of banned games in the world. Bully is a 2006 tale of an English schoolboy Jimmy Hopkins and his efforts to rise through the ranks of the school system of Bullworth Academy.
After learning about the bullies at his school, he makes it his goal to bring peace and ultimately becoming more respected among the other groups.
The game became controversial for its violence and homosexual content. Despite that, it still sold over 1.5 million copies.
But not everyone is impressed with it. Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost province of Brazil put a ban on Bully shortly after its release. They claimed that the game is “potentially harmful” especially to teenagers.
Do you know other controversial games that got banned in some countries? Share them in the comments section below.