‘Tropico 5’ Banned in Thailand

Gamasutra is reporting (based on this AP report) that the government of Thailand has banned Tropico 5 in the country. Why, you may ask, would they do that? According to the report, the government is worried that people will play the game and be compelled to rebel against the rule of law there.

The report from the AP is based on what publisher of the game in the region, video game distributor New Era Thailand, has said about the game's availability there.

"In the fifth installment, the storyline has developed further and there might be some part of it that's not appropriate in the current situation [in Thailand]," the distributor's marketing manager Nonglak Sahavattanapong told the AP.

She went on to say that her company will not appeal the decision.

Source: Gamasutra

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    If one thing is true Thailand politicians fear the people and it's military more then anything else. Every time a corrupt politician goes to far the Military goes to the King and get's the King's blessing and they remove that executive power and restore balance.  

    This is as if a video game maker made a game about killing Islamic Extremists right after 9/11. It would do nothing but inflame passions. So I could understand why Thailand's Military Junta would want to block out media that could inflame things further over there. Normally I would make fun of a country for doing this but seeing Thailand's Military has a track record of putting things back in order with permission from the Royal Family.

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