Thailand Bans ‘Tropico 5’ Computer Game

HONG KONG – The Thai government confirmed Tuesday that it had banned popular computer game “Tropico 5.”

News of the ban first emerged on the Facebook page of the game’s local distributor New Era Interactive Media. Confirmation came from the state-controlled Nation News Bureau of Thailand.

“The Department of Cultural Promotion (DCP) under the Culture Ministry has been ordered by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to ban the distribution and sales of the computer game ‘Tropico 5’ across Thailand,” said the agency.

“Tropico 5” is a nation building game distributed by Kalypso Media akin to “Sim City,” in which players assume the role of president of a tropical island. To win a player must take control of the media and dethrone the ruling monarch. Thailand has some of the world’s strictest ‘lese majeste’ laws and reveres its king. “For this reason, it may cause a rift between people who have differing political views,” the agency said.

Thailand is currently ruled by a military council, the NCPO, which overthrew a civilian government on May 22.

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