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SWTOR bans players for playing the game wrong


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
Users have been receiving temporary bans for "exploiting" Star Wars: The Old Republic, as confirmed by BioWare recently. The only trouble is, the players were not really breaking the game in anyway -- they've only been doing ...
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'Gun-like' Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live soon


Dec 23
// Jim Sterling
Epic Games has declared that the Hammerburst and Lancer Avatar props are going to be removed on January 1, 2012, as part of a new anti-gun policy. Microsoft will be barring any Avatar proper that resembles a firearm. Gotta pr...
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New Syndicate game banned in Australia (surprise!)


Dec 20
// Jim Sterling
In news that should shock nobody by now, Starbreeze's upcoming Syndicate reboot has been refused classification in Australia, making it illegal to sell in the country. The game's violent content has been cited as the reason, ...
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EA will ban you from games if someone else swears at you


Dec 05
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has been catching heat for its stupid policy that bans customers from their legally bought games if they break rules on the forums. Despite all the bad publicity, however, EA isn't fixing the issue -- it's get...
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Shock: Dead Island banned in Germany at last


Nov 29
// Jim Sterling
In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the ...
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EA hopes Iran banning Battlefield 3 will fight piracy


Nov 28
// Jim Sterling
Battlefield 3 is reportedly banned in Iran, which is hardly surprising because it is Iran. What is surprising, however, is that Electronic Arts thinks the suppression of its product may be a good thing, because it c...
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Over 1,600 users banned from Modern Warfare 3


Nov 21
// Jim Sterling
[Update: The story originally stated 16,000 users were banned. That was incorrect and has been fixed. Sorry for the confusion.] The Call of Duty series is beloved by cheaters the world over, but Infinity Ward has no love for ...
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EA forum bans are still locking users out of games


Nov 14
// Jim Sterling
A while ago, Electronic Arts landed itself in hot water after locking one of its customers out of Dragon Age II due to a transgression committed on EA's forums. While the situation was eventually resolved, it seems EA never s...
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Early Modern Warfare 3 play could ban you from Xbox Live


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft has warned that early copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are "not authorized" to be played online, and using them before street date could have dire consequences. This includes legally obtained copies bought f...
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Guess which games were banned in Germany in October


Oct 29
// Sven Wohl
When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...
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Posting Gears of War 3 spoilers online? Epic will ban you


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
Epic Games takes spoilers very seriously, so much so that your actions on Youtube could impact your gaming. According to the studio, it has the power to ban anybody from Gears of War 3 if they're caught posting spoiler videos...
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Christian police groups want to ban The Darkness II


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
Various Christian law enforcement groups have colluded to express their distaste for upcoming 2K Games sequel, The Darkness II. They'd like to see it go very far away, in fact, for fear that it will make people hate the polic...
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Norwegian store bans violent games following Oslo murders


Jul 29
// Jim Sterling
Coop Norway has announced that it will bar the sale of 51 game and toy brands following the Oslo massacre perpetrated by murdering idiot Anders Behring Breivik. These include games that Breivik himself praised as trainin...
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Apple rejects illegal immigration game


Apr 28
// Jim Sterling
A satirical iOS game about trucking Mexicans across the US border has been rejected by Apple for being racist. Because of course, when you dare say that some Mexicans are illegal immigrants, you are of course stating that all...
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Mortal Kombat loses Australian appeal, still banned


Mar 14
// Jim Sterling
Despite an appeal by Warner Brothers, Mortal Kombat is still going to be unobtainable (at least legally) in Australia when it launches next month.  “We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused cla...
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EA 'accidentally' bans player from Dragon Age II


Mar 12
// Jim Sterling
If you ever needed more evidence of how ludicrously some publishers treat PC players, you can stop your search right here. A gamer was recently punished for using "bad language" on BioWare's forums with a ban from Dragon Age ...
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PSN hack lets users unban themselves, ban others


Feb 17
// Jim Sterling
This game of one-upmanship between Sony and the PS3 modders is getting seriously heated. Responding to the news that Sony was permabanning modded consoles, a new hack claims to worm into the PSN and allow people to unban them...
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It begins: PS3 modders getting consoles banned


Feb 17
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, Sony warned jailbreakers and cheaters that they had a limited time to remove any unauthorized tools from their consoles before the banhammer would drop. Turns out that time was extremely limited, as the great cull ...
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Sony releases PS3 hack statement, promises mass banning


Feb 16
// Jim Sterling
Sony has today released an official statement concerning "unauthorized circumvention" of the PlayStation 3, and promised repercussions of genocidal proportions. According to Sony, you have only a very brief period o...
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PS3 ad banned for showing a man punching another


Dec 22
// Jim Sterling
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has continued its commitment to banning ads for stupid reasons, removing a PlayStation Move ad after a mere eight complaints. The ad promotes The Fight, and has been removed because it...
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Australia to finally get an R18+ rating


Dec 05
// Matthew Razak
Time to bust into a celebratory performance of Waltzing Matilda, Australia. It appears that you will finally, finally be getting an adults-only rating for your videogames. This will end years of children being able to get th...
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Use a swastika in Black Ops, get banned from Xbox Live


Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
If you choose to wear a Call of Duty: Black Ops logo that shares similarities with a certain equilateral cross that enjoys a certain bond with a certain group of jackbooted individuals, you better not be doing it on Xbox Live...
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Captain Obvious: Splatterhouse denied rating in Germany


Nov 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Game Captain is reporting that the gore-soaked Splatterhouse has been denied classification by the German classification board and, thus, will not be published in Germany. Hard to imagine that what is being marketed as o...
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Military bases still boycotting Medal of Honor


Oct 06
// Jim Sterling
Despite Electronic Arts bowing to the minority and "removing" the Taliban from Medal of Honor, military base stores still plan to boycott the war-themed shooter on the grounds that it would still be disrespectful to sell the ...
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Dead Rising 2 banned in the UAE


Sep 27
// Jim Sterling
When Nick Chester saw this story, he suggested we pre-write and queue up stories for when the United Arab Emirates bans Fallout: New Vegas and Call of Duty: Black Ops as well. To say that the UAE is predictable in its ban-hap...
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Halo: Reach cheaters already being dickheads


Sep 14
// Jim Sterling
Halo: Reach launched at 12am this morning, and already the servers are being infested with dirty rotten cheaters. According to Bungie, a relatively small percentage of people bought Reach just so they could break the game and...
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Medal of Honor banned from military stores


Sep 03
// Tony Ponce
Military personnel looking to pick up Medal of Honor this October will have to do so off-site. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services has announced that the game will not be stocked in any on-base GameStop or other post ...
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Deadly Premonition not coming to Australia


Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
Dear Australia, I am sorry. While North America and Japan revel in the pure joy that is playing Deadly Premonition (from here on referred to as the greatest game ever made) and Europe only has to ring their hands in frustrat...
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Valve banning innocent Modern Warfare 2 players?


Jul 26
// Jim Sterling
We've been getting a ton of emails from disgruntled Steam gamers who claim that Valve's Anti Cheat bans have been selecting and booting innocent players over alleged infractions in Modern Warfare 2. The Steam forums are curre...
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China banning sex and violence in game marketing


Jul 11
// Matthew Razak
Sex. Violence. Both those things sell, and they sell well. However, China isn't a big fan of "unwholesome" content, and they also have a problem with online gaming. In order to reduce the issue, they will be instituting a ban...

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