Saudi Arabia bans almost 50 video games because two kids committed suicide

And not because the kids were even playing those games, but because of “unspecified violations of rules and regulations” and also because.

The Associated Press reports that the Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media has decided to drop the ban-scimitar on 47 video games in response to the suicides of a 13-year old girl and a 12-year old boy, allegedly as part of the “Blue Whale” social media phenomenon. According to several local sources (here, here, and here), a number of recent deaths have been attributed to Blue Whale, despite its dubious reputation as a real thing. I suppose whether or not it’s real doesn’t matter if people think it is.

The list of banned games is also kind of inconsistent, including more obviously controversial stuff like Grand Theft Auto next to… Yo-Kai Watch? What.

Now a no-no in Saudi Arabia:

Agents of Mayhem
Assassins Creed 2
Attack on Titan 2
Bayonetta 2
Clash of the Titans
Dante’s Inferno
Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition
Deception IV: The Nightmare Process
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Devils Third
DmC – Definitive edition
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Draw to Death
Final Fantasy Dissidia
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2
God of War 1
God of War 2
God of War 3
Grand Theft Auto V
Heavy Rain
Hitman: Absolution (2012)
Life is Strange
Mafia 2
Mafia 3
Metro Redux
One Piece Burning Blood
Past Cure
Prison Architect
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 6
Saints Row IV
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary
The Order 1886
The Saboteur
The Witcher 3
The Nonary Game
Watch Dogs
Wolfenstein 2
Wolfenstein: The New Order

But the problem here isn’t games or Blue Whale or whatever this week’s moral panic is about – it’s children and teens who aren’t coping with this or that thing, and do something drastic instead of asking for help. ASK FOR HELP, GUYS.

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