Banned Video Games

List of Banned Video Games

Video games are one of the most influential forms of media today. There is no doubt that it is a good background report company along with movies, TV shows, and music industry. However, like any other form of media, video games are also a subject of criticism.

While it is common to have violence on most video games today, there is usually an underlying element in some games that may be too much for the players to handle.  This caused most video game content rating companies to do background check services to some video games that can be considered offensive and put a ban in effect.

So, we compile a list of video games that are banned in several countries:

Manhunt 2

This game is banned in several countries including New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, U.K., South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. The Manhunt series is developed by Rockstar Games, and it was known because of the excessive brutality that you can do in the game. There is a lot of violence involved in this game such as killing people using a different kind of tools to the point that it was too brutal and inhumane. While the first game also shows brutality and gore, Manhunt 2 takes it to the next level and that is why it is banned in many countries since the brutality in this game is too much for most people.


This is probably one of the most controversial video games of all-time. While most games were banned because of some cultural misunderstandings and violence, RapeLay is a completely different case. This game was developed by Illusion and was released in April 2006. In this game, you take control of a sexual maniac and allow you to stalk and rape a mother along with her two daughters. You can also remove their clothing by force. If that is not enough reason to cause a controversy, then nothing else will and for that reason the game was banned in many countries after its release. It’s also illegal to sell this game in some countries such as New Zealand, Argentina, and Indonesia.

Postal 2

Postal 2 is a first-person shooter video game that is highly controversial due to its highly intense violence, homophobia, cruelty, gross content, ethnic and racial stereotypes, and animal cruelty. The objective of this game is to accomplish several mundane tasks. The player can accomplish these tasks in many different ways including being violent and chaotic or even in a peaceful and non-violent way. However, due to its highly violent theme and animal cruelty, this game was banned in several countries and is illegal to buy or own this game and it can result for a fine of up to $50,000 and 10 years of imprisonment.

The Grand Theft Auto Series

It is not surprising to see the Grand Theft Auto series on this list. After all, these games are famous for its excessive violence, gore, and offensive themes. While most countries put some type of ban on this game, Thailand pushes it too far and decided to ban every single game in the series.

This is mainly because of a real-life incident back in 2008. A young man named Polwat Chino rode a Bangkok taxi, and when it’s time for him to pay his ride, he pulled a knife instead and stabbed the taxi driver to death. When caught, Chino said that he blamed the Grand Theft Auto games for his actions and told the cops that he needed money to play it. This caused the Thai government to ban all GTA games at once.


These are some of the most controversial games that are banned in many countries due to its highly offensive and violent content. Thankfully, most video games today don’t have as much offensive content compared to the titles mentioned above.

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