The meme above perfectly sums up the reaction of most people when Disney decided to pull Beauty and the Beast from being shown in Malaysia. In case you have been living under a huge rock or you just don’t give a damn about anything Disney-related, the real life adaptation of the classic fairytale starring Emma Watson was supposed to be release in local theaters today, but Disney pulled the plug after given a directive by the Malaysian Censorship Board to cut a certain “gay” moment, which they chose not to comply.
This is just one of the many incidents that marred the entertainment industry in Malaysia, where you have singers being subjected to “proper” dress codes to appease the “sensitivities” of a certain group of people local citizens. Malaysian gamers are considered lucky since video games are not regulated here, but what happens if the Malaysian Censorship Board decides to dabble into the realm of digital fantasy and enforce their wise and reasonable censorships upon it? Chaos will definitely ensue and as much as we don’t want to see that happen, here are the top five games that will be banned by the Malaysian Censorship Board if they decide to regulate video games (let’s hope they are not reading this).
1) Final Fantasy XIV
An MMORPG about fantasy characters wielding swords, bows and arrows, and magical power seems like harmless fun to you, but if you delve a bit deeper into the game, you’ll encounter a typical marriage system with a twist: you are allowed to marry partners of either sex. It’s already bad enough that you can strengthen your homosexual tendencies with an in-game marriage, but it might even manifest to your personal life since you are playing with a real person on the other side of the keyboard.
2) Grand Theft Auto V
If you want to ban games for being controversial, then you’ll have to target the granddaddy of all disputable games, Grand Theft Auto V. Any of the GTA titles can easily be included in this list, but GTA V is given extra scrutiny due to the level of realism in depicting violence, employing lawless ways to attain financial freedom, and it also endorses torture. Coupled that with the vulnerability of the young minds playing this in Malaysia, this game must be banned, or else we’ll risk having Kuala Lumpur being transformed into Los Santos 2.0.
3) The Last of Us: Left Behind
Most zombie apocalypse games are usually simple and fun, but things work differently on The Last of Us. If you think killing zombies after zombies for at least tens of hours will be scarring for you, wait till you discover Ellie’s sexual orientation. Teenagers can’t always think for themselves and seeing a fellow peer engaging in a homosexual relationship, it’ll definitely inspire them to be more open in exploring their sexual orientation. And so the downfall of humanity begins.
4) Mass Effect series
The Mass Effect games were all about choices, whether you choose to preserve the continuity of an alien race, to destroy a spider queen (I’ll definitely destroy it), and which character to start a romance line with. But what happens when you get to choose a partner with the same gender? Down goes your critical thinking as you explore various options with your homosexual partner, culminating with an intense night at your personal quarters. This might lead you to fantasize doing all these things in real life. And if that’s not bad enough, you can even do it with aliens.
5) Muslim Massacre
On a more serious note, I’m sure the name of this game alone warrants a ban. Just like the Islamophobic title suggests, all you need to do to complete the game is to kill all Muslims on screen. Yes, such a game exists. As much as the creator tried to explain that this game was created to destroy the stereotypical depiction of Muslims, it seems like a tasteless gimmick, and it serves to strengthen Islamophobic views while reinforcing religious hate crimes. You definitely don’t need help from the Malaysian Censorship Board to ban this game.