15 Video Games That Were Banned For Intriguing Reasons

8. Spec Ops: The Line

This game is one of many banned within the United Arab Emirates – thanks to the country’s strict National Media Council. Yet, Sec Ops: The Line has received the most strict of bans within the UAE. Evidently the UAE took exception to the depiction of a war torn Dubai and how the city was portrayed within the context of the main story arc. The extremes the NMC went to ban the game is what’s most intriguing about this story.


The government branch went as far as banning the official website of the game within UAE – yet they didn’t stop there either. The NMC stopped the distribution in neighboring countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. They weren’t done there either – they were successful in stopping the distribution of the game in Jordan and Lebanon as well. It’s safe to say they really did not appreciate the games premise of presenting a ravaged Dubai.


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