Titles from Last Fantasy and Attack on Titan franchises also on list in wake of deaths believed to have actually stemmed from online bullying.
Were you planning to invest a few lazy afternoons this summertime with video game controller in hand, polishing your combating skills in Final Dream Dissidia or Street Fighter V!.?.!? Or maybe you were looking forward to some less aggressive, however no less rewarding, time roaming through the captivating Shinto-inspired world of Okami or collecting Japanese spirits in Yo-Kai Watch!.
?.!? ▼ Okami Well, if you occur to be spending the summer season in Saudi Arabia, it's most likely time to think once again. On July 15, the Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media banned 47 different computer game. The move comes after the suicides of a young boy and lady, 12 and 13 years-old, respectively, who are stated to have actually taken their own lives as part of an online challenge/harassment procedure called "Blue Whale."
However, unlike in the case of last month, none of the games on the General Commission for Audio-Visual Media's prohibited list appear to have any direct connection to the Saudi children's suicides, nor is suicide a typical theme throughout them. Some, like Okami and Yo-Kai Watch, are even considered rather kid-friendly in most of the world.The video games on the
list that come from Japanese developers, publishers, or franchises are
● Attack on Titan 2
● Bayonetta 2
● Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition
● Deception IV: The Nightmare Process
● Devils Third DmC-- Conclusive edition
● Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
● Final Dream Dissidia
● Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
● Life is Unusual
● One Piece Burning Blood
● Resident Evil 5
● Homeowner Evil 6
● Street Fighter V
● Street Fighter 30th Anniversary
● Yo-Kai Watch
Likewise consisted of in the ban are Agents of Mayhem, Assassins Creed 2, Clash of the Titans, Dante's Inferno, Deadpool, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Draw to Death, God of War 1, God of War 2, God of War 3, Grand Theft Automobile V, Heavy Rain, Hit Man: Absolution (2012 ), Mafia 2, Mafia 3, City Redux, Past Treatment, Prison Architect, Saints Row IV, The Order 1886, The Saboteur, The Witcher 3, The Nonary Video Game, Burglar, Vampyr, Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein 2, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.
▼ Okami's Amaterasu, a version of the Shinto sun goddess, runs past a shrine's torii gateway.The commission did not broaden on the reason the video games were prohibited, rather pointing out undefined "offenses of guidelines and policies." It's possible that the games on the list simply captured the company's attention during a basic scrutinizing of online and video game content following the children's deaths, and were subsequently fluffed for representations of graphic violence or other elements considered unseemly (getting back to Okami and Yo-Kai Watch again, the games draw heavily from Japanese faiths, mythology, and folklore).
▼ Yo-Kai See
Click on this link for more info.Sources: Yuruku Yaru via Jin, AP, Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media through Player Tirade Leading image: YouTube/Nintendo Place image: YouTube/Capcom U.S.A.