This is a Guest Post by: Sean Johnson

Outlast. A name that strikes immediate fear into my brain.  While creepy and gory, it also had it’s share of questionable moments. It appears as the sequel (Outlast 2) was meant for bigger, too hot for your home, type of moments.

Outlast 2

At least, that’s what Australia thinks. The country initially banned the game from releasing after receiving a very graphic video that included crazy grey monsters forcing sexual acts upon the player, as well as themselves. The game itself has been edited as the video was taken from the alpha version. The content has been cut.

After the news of the edit, the game has been given the green light to release (again) in Australia. But it begs the question: Why should a game get banned?

I’m all for super gore and senseless violence in my video games. Hell, the hours I’ve logged in the Grand Theft Auto/Doom series’ can prove that alone, but there are certain issues that really strike me as not “appropriate” in general. One of the endings for Far Cry 3 made me awkwardly uncomfortable, for example. But, should it have been flagged because I didn’t want to see it?

Outlast 2 screen shot

These list of banned games in certain countries (including Man Hunt 2, Postal 2, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2) mostly get banned for their over the top violence. Is that enough to warrant a ban though? I’m on the fence about this, because I think it’s perfectly fine, in a video game setting, to steal a jet and mow down your friends in an open world. On the other hand, forcing me, as a player, to be sexually assaulted by a giant grey beast doesn’t exactly make me jump at the chance to play the game. However, should that be enough to cause a country to stop the release? I think not.

You’ve got plenty of depictions in movies, books, television and, well, the internet, already out there. You know what they are though? View at your own risk. Choices. One of the missions in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 even lets you SKIP the entire airport scene if you think it’s too much.

If it’s going to scar you for life or bring out some unwanted feelings, don’t purchase the game. Don’t go watch Fifty Shades Of Grey. Don’t play Modern Warfare 2’s ultra violent scene. Just. Don’t.

Do I think video games push the limit too far sometimes? Yes. Absolutely. But if I don’t want it or I don’t want my kids, nephews, parents to see it, I don’t get it. Simple as that.

The first Outlast was a great, haunting setting that fully immersed you into it’s nightmarish world. All the jump scares and naked murderous people have forever tainted my memories. I don’t know if my mind is ready for anything more than that in the next entry. The game (Outlast 2) was edited down to remove the most surely horrific scene so every country gets to enjoy it’s spookiness all the same.

Let’s just all stop overreacting and jumping the gun on video game bans, because it’s not real. It’s our choice if we want to experience whatever a video game, graphic novel, or movie can throw at us. Until then, we can check out the freshly un-banned Outlast 2 for ourselves On Xbox 1, PS4 and Windows 10, April 25th.