Video games are fun to play. Apart from killing boredom, they improve our reflexes. However, sometimes games intended to entertain people attract a different sort of response from its audience. Some conversations just bite the dust but others make it to the mainstream getting stuck to the game forever. Whatever may be the case, controversies are part of the business and none can avoid it. Among all the games, there are few that took the cake to themselves and stole the limelight for a while.

Mortal Combat:

The game is known for its gore and killing scenes. Such details that you would want to hide. The realistic approach does give it an upper hand in the gaming industry but also involves the wrath of the activists. Many of the activists protested about the grotesque display of, dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter and the game is banned in Indonesia, Japan, China and Ukraine, Australia, Brazil, and South-Korea.


Racing games are entertaining but some just cross the line. Carmedggedon was banned for giving its players bonuses for running over pedestrians. Germany censored the game and Brazil went a step ahead and outrightly banned the title. However, later the programmers changed the pedestrians with Zombies and Robots but the damage had already been done.

Manhunt series:

The game came into limelight when a 14-year-old child was found murdered in England. The initial reports suggested that the killer was inspired by the game which was later refuted. The survival horror game was released in 2003 and is considered graphically violent games of all time. Australia sprightly banned it.

Custer’s revenge:

The 1982 game hit a record low. It featured a General who rapes Native American women. Initially selling copies, the controversy grew and the game was removed from the market.

Grand theft Auto:

It should come of no surprise that GTA franchises are controversial in itself. From Drugs to killing cops, the game has it all. Though it’s a popular game that didn’t deter countries like UAE and Thailand to ban the whole series.


The Doom was released in 1993. It evoked negative responses in Germany because of the use of satanic imagery and graphic violence. It was banned in Germany but the ban was later lifted after 17 years.

Six days in Falluja:

The game based upon the US Marines in Falluja drew criticism from the audience after its release. Initially taken off from the shelves, it’s now back in the market. The controversy led to the accuracy of the background story of the games, mostly by military members.

Call of duty: Modern warfare:

The game drew criticism due to one of its mission. “No Russian” is a mission where the game asks you to murder civilians in the Moscow airport. After the mission was removed, the game was back on the market.

Silent Hill: Homecoming:

The game involved gruesome scenes of torture and decapitation. It was banned in Australia and Germany for its graphic scenes.


Left behind:

Based upon the book “left behind”, the game allowed the player to roam New York City after a rapture and convert the left behind people or kill them. The central idea of the game received a lot of criticism from the critics and the general audience and the gaming company was fined with the game being banned.


If made in a good taste, games are fun to play. It not only kills our boredom but helps us recover mentally. Though there is an awful lot of movies that have evoked the wrath of gamers for their poor taste, most of the games are intended to entertain the players.


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