The Last of Us banned from Russia for “LGBT propaganda”

The Last of Us banned from Russia for “LGBT propaganda”

The Russian government is preparing to clean up some of the most popular games of the moment in order to “fight” against “LGBT propaganda”

This is not the first time that a country has censored a game. Russia, China, Saudi Arabia or even Japan and Australia are great champions when it comes to censorship.
Most of the time, it is sequences deemed too violent or much too bare that are singled out and generally adjusted to comply with the standards of each country. Like for example the gore of Resident Evil 2 Remake in Japan.

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However, it sometimes happens that games are simply banned from sale and that the reasons for such censorship are related to something quite different than a story of buttocks that exceeds or hemoglobin far too present on the screen.

Sometimes, it happens that some countries do not appreciate being made fun of, being criticized for their beliefs, their culture or for not sharing the same values.

This is particularly the case here with Russia, which is preparing to tighten the screw by censoring several extremely popular games such as The Last of UsApex Legends, The Life is Strange or even Fallout, for “LGBT propaganda” and “promotion of non-traditional relationships”.

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Although unpleasant for a whole bunch of Russian players, this decision is unfortunately not very surprising.
In a very tense geopolitical climate following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia would like to ban these games on its territory to get rid of the “propaganda of the West and its values”, terms repeated many times by the government in square.
But this wave of censorship would also be part of a much larger plan. Russia recently passed a law prohibiting all media from promoting content that is directly or indirectly related to what the government calls “LGBT propaganda”.
Books, films, series, shows, video games… All sectors would be concerned and Russian citizens violating the law could be sentenced to pay a fine of up to 400,000 rubles (about 6400 euros) or even go to prison.

If we do without giving our opinion on the maneuver and the impact it will have on the LGBT community, it is the Russian players who are once again penalized. Since, as a reminder, most of the major players in the industry have already cut their services for several months in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

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