Censorship News


Syndicate refused classification in Australia due to gore

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 20, 2011 6:00am PST

Australia's lack of an 'adults-only' rating for video games has seen Starbreeze's FPS reboot Syndicate effectively banned down under, singled out for gore, dismemberment, mutilating corpses, and killing civilians.


"Hopefully they'll do what Sega did with AvP3 and refuse to self-censor the game. Australia ..."

- Marrbe see all 6 comments

The Witcher 2 Aussie censorship dodged on GOG

By Alice O'Connor, May 10, 2011 7:00am PDT

It's Witcher Fun Day at GOG, with the original up for $5 and a tech tweak which coincidentally lets Aussies get its sequel uncensored.


"That's not really correct anymore. Michael Atkinson was the Attorney General for South ..."

- Cynicide see all 25 comments

Australian Attorney-General Atkinson Resigns, Opening Door for End to Video Game 'Bans'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 22, 2010 9:40am PDT

Australian attorney-general and violent video games opponent Michael Atkinson has resigned, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, potentially opening...


"GREAT SUCCESS this guy was a complete FUCKING MORON nintendo wii tennis play MORON ruined ..."

- landaishan see all 16 comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Censored in Russia; Gains Developer Console via Hack

By Chris Faylor, Nov 17, 2009 11:59am PST

Two of the more controversial aspects of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have both seen significant developments, one in an official capacity and...


"If they discount the price or offer a better deal around the time their DLC comes out, then it ..."

- Seannao see all 126 comments

World of Warcraft Ordered to Shut Down in China

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 03, 2009 9:53am PST

A Chinese regulatory authority has ordered World of Warcraft's Chinese licensing partner NetEase to cease operating Blizzard's MMORPG in the...


"Actually Hong Kong do their own thang. They generally aren't under the rule of the rest of ..."

- nwillard see all 86 comments

Left 4 Dead 2 May Be Censored in Australia (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Oct 07, 2009 12:10pm PDT

Update: Australia's OFLC has classified a censored Left 4 Dead 2 for sale under the MA 15+ rating. A copy of the report obtained by GameSpot...


"Pretty sure we had to do 3 different versions of Fallout, not counting languages, for release in ..."

- Evan_C see all 52 comments

It Sand Time: China Censoring World of Warcraft

By Nick Breckon, Aug 06, 2009 2:48pm PDT

Following six weeks of downtime as World of Warcraft transitions to a new Chinese operator, the game has finally returned to service with an open...


"fuck the communist shithead. they can't control what i pay $15 a month for my stuff. just play ..."

- RiceBunny15 see all 50 comments

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Censored for Teen Rating

By Chris Faylor, Oct 27, 2008 7:26am PDT

With Midway Chicago's magical fighter Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (PS3, 360) nearing its November 16 release, the game has seen some of its more...


"What they SHOULD do is release multiple damn versions of the game! The T rating version so that ..."

- matrixneo42 see all 61 comments

Gears of War 2 Won't Hit Two Countries

By Blake Ellison, Oct 22, 2008 9:58am PDT

Another game renowned for its violence--this time Epic's Gears of War 2 (360)--will not see store shelves in Japan or Germany. "We can confirm...


"Mmno I'm not implying that, I'm rather implying that if Asia and Japan are separate regions on ..."

- Endymion_ see all 48 comments

MadWorld Not Planning Releases in Censor-Heavy Countries

By Blake Ellison, Oct 03, 2008 8:00pm PDT

PlatinumGames' MadWorld, the action-adventure Wii game from the studio composed of Resident Evil, Viewtiful Joe, God Hand and Okami veterans, is so...


"My suggestion for those people who find the violence in this video game to be excessive: Don't ..."

- afroninja see all 42 comments

Fallout 3 Dev: Drug Censorship 'Biggest Non-Issue in the History of Video Games'

By Blake Ellison, Oct 01, 2008 10:59am PDT

Bethesda VP Pete Hines finds the outcry over Fallout 3's censorship just a touch overblown. "It is seriously the biggest non-issue in the...


"Yeah man. Modern PCs are way more powerful than any console on the market. Too bad to one ..."

- Slyvena see all 41 comments

Dead Space Producer on Censorship, EA

By Blake Ellison, Sep 11, 2008 5:00pm PDT

Glen Schofield, executive producer of EA Redwood Shores' sci-fi survival horror game Dead Space, added to the speculation circling around the...


"Eh, not really seeing any similarities at all, other than small things that have been in other ..."

- deadhorse see all 27 comments

Fallout 3 Censorship Goes Global

By Blake Ellison, Sep 09, 2008 3:18pm PDT

Bethesda has revealed that following trouble with the ratings board in Australia, all versions of Fallout 3 will be identically censored when the...


"I'd snort that shit. Grind down an HP-Absorb materia and go fucking crazy."

- Master Tonberry see all 331 comments

Report: Dead Space Banned in Three Countries [Updated]

By Blake Ellison, Sep 05, 2008 1:19pm PDT

Update: Dead Space is not yet banned in Germany, as the game is still under review at ratings board USK, according to Eurogamer.de. (Link is in...


"Yes, down with us Gaijins! LOL! Seriously, though... you hit the jackpot with the words ..."

- monchipeters see all 70 comments

Thailand Begins Crackdown on 'Dangerous Games,' Bans Five Titles

By Chris Faylor, Sep 03, 2008 8:23am PDT

As part of its ongoing attempts to protect youth from video games, the Thailand government has officially banned five video games from sale within...


"i'm surprised they didn't ban Rockstar's State of Emergency."

- smax see all 33 comments