The games they tried to ban
Sometimes you don't need a good reason to outlaw a game; you just need any reason.
In pictures: The games they tried to ban
Wherever you find videogames, controversy can never be too far away. Whether it's Medal of Honor working government ministers up into a lather or Call of Duty getting people to do morally questionable things in airports, it's not too hard to find a story that will have certain people wailing about how games are the spawn of the devil.
The worst case scenario - for gamers, at least - is an outright ban, such as the one suffered by Mafia II in the United Arab Emirates. Sometimes, banned games may be granted an eventual release after changes have been made, but the original version of the game remains outlawed.
As gamers ourselves, we might not agree with all these arguments and embargos. However, the reasons behind them are generally pretty easy to understand, usually centring on violent or sexual content that some people see as crossing the line.
Nonetheless, there are some bans on games that just leave us scratching our heads. What on earth could anyone find offensive about Pokémon? Or footy management sim Football Manager 2005? Read on for some of the strangest videogame bans from around the world.
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- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- BioShock Infinite
- Dead Space 3
- Gears of War: Judgment
- God of War: Ascension
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Metal Gear: Revengeance
- The Last of Us
- Tomb Raider
- Watch Dogs