The country of Uzbekistan has banned 34 video games, including Left 4 Dead 3, a game that doesn’t exist. This is far from the first time that a country has gone to such lengths to stop a game from being played within its borders, for example, with China banning Pokemon GO earlier this year.
Uzbekistan has banned a list of 34 different video games as they may be “used to propagate violence, pornography, threaten security and social and political stability.” The country’s authorities also cite fears that the games might disturb “civil peace and inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony.”
Some of these potentially disruptive games include Call of Duty: Black Ops, Silent Hill, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas, Mortal Kombat X and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (though newer releases Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5 are not mentioned). The Sims 3 and 4 have also been banned, with some speculating that this is likely because both games allow players to enter same-sex relationships.
The list also includes both Left 4 Dead games in addition to Left 4 Dead 3, which is a game that has been rumored, but does not officially exist. Other non-existent games include “Until Down” (presumably meant to be PS4 horror game Until Dawn) and Kane and Leanch 2: Dog Days (presumably a misspelling of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.) It should be noted that the official language of Uzbekistan is Russian, so it’s understandable how the country may have gotten the English names of some games (real and rumored) mixed up.
As was the case when Turkey threatened to ban Minecraft, there have been lots of strong opinions about the ban from both those who are for and against. Some of those in favor are quite happy with the ban, saying that the likes of Manhunt 2, Postal 2, and Hatred, which also feature on the list, could very well lead players to carry out acts of real-life violence. Those against the ban say that the Uzbekistan government should not be focusing on such “trivial” problems and urge the authorities to address other issues instead.
There’s also a fair amount of people who just think that the ban is very funny. On social media, many gamers from across the globe are now making jokes about Left 4 Dead 3 being “officially” confirmed and asking if Uzbekistan knows something that the rest of the world does not.
Left 4 Dead 3 has yet to be officially announced as being in the works.