2. Counter Strike
Counter Strike is one of the most successful games of all time, and firmly in and around some of the top games played professionally. The first-person shooter of course features violence, acts of terrorism, as well as spotty, teenage boys who apparently spent some quality time with your mother once. It also showcases maps from all around the globe, and whilst for some it’s just a game, for others this can be offensive.
This was the case in Brazil, where the Counter Strike depiction of the favelas – a Brazilian slum – in one map caused controversy, although a similar map in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was acceptable. They also accused the game of inciting violence and hatred, which were harmful to public health. The result was a total ban on the sale of Counter-Strike, a game which was 9 years old at the time. Better late than never I guess.
1. Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
It’s obvious here that some nations are more strict than others when it comes to censorship of games, but surprisingly Australia is found in and amongst the worst. Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure was a game about a graffiti artist who uses his skills to take down gangs and corrupt officials, which all in all doesn’t sound too graphic. However, it was the graphics of the graffiti that the Australian censorship board disliked, and the impact they saw it having on youths.
The game was refused a rating because of its supposed glorifying of street art and the effect that it could have on graffiti artists at the time. All of this was in spite of the fact that Jet Set Radio had been a previous success in the country, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, a game which shows cars going very, very fast (and illegally) only received the lowest rating. Hypocrisy at its finest.