It's not uncommon for some governments to censor a video game before its release in their respective countries, but it's a bit rarer to see a title banned outright. Germany tends to come to many minds first when it comes to video game bannings, as it most notably outlaws the Wolfenstein series. But even countries like Australia have banned a good-sized collection of titles, including recent ones like Saints Row IV and The Witcher 2.
The latest title to suffer this fate is Battlefield 4, and given much of the game's content, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that it's China behind this one.
In the title's first expansion pack, China Rising, the player engages in a war targeting China which has the US' and Russia's involvement. The goal? To overturn the corrupt government, and liberate the country's people.
It's probably not hard to understand why China isn't a fan of this premise. It has outright charged DICE and EA for depicting a form of cultural invasion, and the ban extends far enough to encompass even the very mention of the name. News reports are unable to talk about it, and the Mandarin equivalent of the name is banned from search engines.
Those in China who still want the game will have no other choice but to find it available online somewhere via illegitimate means, although it wouldn't be surprising if China somehow put a stop to that, as well. Given China's well-established policies, and general policing of what goes on in its country, we'd have to imagine that DICE and EA saw this banning coming from a mile away.
I'm sure EA and DICE saw this from a mile away. It's OK. They love losing profits.
I create BF Mafia haha jk HotHardware
Lol threatened by a game, gov must be on shaky ground over there.
China bans BF4 because the game consists of overthrowing the Chinese government. Australia bans Witcher 2 because of boobs. Which one seems more ridiculous?
China is so silly.
Stuff it China, we're in a Cold War with them, and Cold War II with the Russians, this is our world today.
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You know they already control content in our Hollywood movies right? The Chinese have a large interest in our studios. Ownership has its privileges...
Oh well, game on non communist countries!
Battlefield 4 gets added to these illustrious others....
Call of Duty 2CoD 4: Modern WarfareCoD 5: World At WarCoD: Modern Warfare 2Shellshock Nam '67Shellshock 2 Blood TrailsEverything related to Grand Theft AutoKane and Lynch: Dead Men & Dog DaysMafia 1 & 2Saint's Row 1 & 2Total OverdoseTrue Crime: New York & Streets of LAMercenaries 1 & 250 Cent: Bulletproof & Blood on The SandGodfather 1 & 2ScarfaceCrackdownThe Siren series
Not only are those games forbidden fruit in China but games consoles are STILL banned in China, i.e., xbox, playstation and nintendo. The Ministry of Thought Compliance has banned them since the year 2000, you know... to protect Chinese youth.
Nanny needs a hot poker up her rectum.
At least this will help with some of the high longer a in US servers. :-P
I love Battlefield 4, it is ridiculous to ban it for such a reason...
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