Pokemon was introduced to markets in the early 2000's. The game features cute characters like Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and more. Despite it's cute and cuddly premise, some didn't necessarily see Pokemon as just an innocent kids game. The game was banned in 2001 in Saudi Arabia because it believed Pokemon was promoting Zionism.
The Mass Effect trilogy made it's debut on the Xbox 360 in 2007. The Mass Effect franchise is centered around the player's decisions through choices offered throughout the game. One of these many choices include having the option to sleep with any of your shipmates male or female. It was this option that managed to get the game banned in Singapore for depicting lesbian relationships.
The DC Comics video game, featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other well-known superheroes, was banned in the UAE. Why? The game features the name "God" in the title.
This version of Call of Duty was banned in Pakistan for its negative depiction of Pakistanis. Totally understandable. To show how serious the government is about this ban, they punish retailers selling the game with community service... or even jail!
The third installment of the Fallout franchise, Fallout 3, was a very popular video game that came out back in 2008. The game features a lot of mature material including intense violence, sexual themes and strong language. Fallout 3 was banned in Australia not because of these reasons, but because it showed the effects of drugs.
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Content's Under Pressure was a game for the PS2, XBox and PC. The game depicted a guy by the name of Trane living in a dystopian city who fought the government through the use of graffiti. The game was banned in Australia for crimes against virtual street walls.
Football Manager 2005 is a video game that allows players to manage and play European football. The game was banned in China because it harmed its sovereignty by depicting Tibet and Taiwan as two separate countries. Who would dare ban the most beautiful game in the world?
You would think Denmark banned this game because of its portrayal of violence and blood splattering. However, it was banned due to a strict law the country has against energy drinks, and the game portrayed these energy drink brands prominently throughout the game!
Australia is very strict on video games. The latest ban, Saints Row 4, is fairly straight forward. The game featured a weapon called "alien anal probe". Access denied!