In an apparent effort to keep young people away from influences that are considered destructive, the Uzbekistan government has banned a selection of videogames.
The BBC report that, as such, it’s now illegal to distribute any game on the list in the country due to concerns that they may be “used to propagate violence, pornography, threaten security and social and political stability” or disturb “civil peace and inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony”.
If this works like any other ban tends to, of course, then there’s going to be a thriving underground piracy market in Uzbekistan. Banning something usually just tends to make it all the more appealing to some.
Anyway, if you’re aiming to try to outlaw violent games then some of the titles included on the list are understandable – but what doesn’t make so much sense is the random nature of the selections.
How so? Well, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is on there – but no other GTA games. Resident Evil 4 is considered a big nasty, as is the original Dead Space, the first Mass Effect, Mafia II and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Assasin’s (sic) Creed: Brotherhood is the only no-no from the historical series, along with Fallout: New Vegas, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Silent Hill, Dying Light, Hitman and Until Dawn (listed here as ‘Until Down’).
Some of this randomness may be due to cultural references, as authorities strive to curb “distribution of false information about Uzbekistan and the distortion of its historic, cultural and spiritual values.”
Some more obviously violent games that have been banned include the likes of Mortal Kombat X, Postal 2, Carmageddon, Dead Rising, Hatred, Kane and Leanch (sic) 2: Dog Days, Left for Dead 1,2 and 3, the Manhunt games and Shadow Warrior.
Then there’s 3D Sex Villa 2, which is understandable (not that we’ve ever heard of it).
But perhaps the most agreeable ban is that of Naughty Bear. Seriously, it was so terrible that nobody should have ever been able to play it – yet its sequel (yes, it actually had one!) is apparently fine. Hmm.
Ultimately though the most peculiar inclusion is The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. Somebody doesn’t like pretendsies, we guess. Or maybe they had their Sims house burned down by some nasty Simsian firebug?