Censors working under Thailand’s military government have banned Tropico 5. What is Tropico 5? It’s a city-building simulation game that lets you play as a president of a tropical island. Want to rule as a dictator? Options in the game include controlling the media and generally making up your own laws as you go.
Why does Thailand care? The country has gone through a bit of a political upheaval in recent months. The government’s military overthrew a civilian government back in late May during a coup. According to the AP, the new government has issued several new orders that are seen as infringing on media freedom and free speech by critics.
Not hard to see why they would want the game banned now.
“Actually it’s a good game with positive reviews. We’ve had licenses to distribute Tropico 3 and 4 before, but in the fifth installment, the story line has developed further and there might be some part of it that’s not appropriate in the current situation” in Thailand, Nonglak Sahavattanapong told the AP.
Nonglak said her company does not plan to appeal the decision.
What’s Thailand’s reasoning for the ban? Tropico 5 “might affect peace and order in the country.”
Tropico 5 has already been released in the States. You can pick it up for $39.99 on Steam.