Tropico 5 game banned in Thailand (videos)

Tropico 5 game banned in Thailand (videos)

Gamers play role of "El Presidente", president of tropical island who seized power, must draft constitution and manage country, with options of intimidating media, ruling as iron-fisted dictator or cheating at elections to stay in power.

COMPUTER GAMES & POLITICS

Tropico 5 computer game banned in Thailand

5/08/2014

Tropico is a city building game that takes place in the beautiful land of opportunity known as Tropico. New challenges arise continually in Tropico that need solutions. As leader, you can decide your country's independence and write a full constitution, creating any rules that please you. (Source: Wikipedia)

Authorities answering to the junta have banned the nation-building simulation computer game Tropico 5, saying it could hurt the country's security, a video game distributor said on Monday.

The film and video censorship office allegedly blocked sales and online connection to Tropico 5 because they feared "some part of its content might affect peace and order in the country," New Era Thailand marketing manager Nonglak Sahavattanapong said.

She said the office that banned the game is part of the Culture Ministry's cultural promotion department. It did not provide any further explanation in a written statement received by the distributor on Monday.

The office did not immediately reply to a media request for comment.

Tropico 5 is the latest version of a game developed by Haemimont Games of Bulgaria and released by publishers Kalypso Media of the United States. It works on many platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, XBox 360 and PlayStation 4.

It is technically a multiplayer online role-playing game (MORPG) which allows gamers to play the role of "El Presidente", the president of a tropical island who had seized power. He must draft a constitution and manage the country, with options of intimidating the media, ruling as an iron-fisted dictator and then cheating at elections to stay in power.

Thailand's authorities took power in a military coup on May 22.

"Actually it's a good game with positive reviews," said Ms Nonglak. "We've had licences 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.

She said the company will not appeal the decision.

Tropico 5 presents players with the option of being a military dictator - El Presidente - or a female rebel leader trying to overthrow the dictator. A continual stream of choices face players, including on corruption, election cheating, armed rebellion and violence.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/424398/tropico-5-computer-game-banned-in-thailand

In the multi-player computer game, authorities have seized all power in order to rebuild Tropico 5, but not all decisions carry equal moral weight.

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  • adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
  • allegedly: claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่กล่าวหา
  • appeal (noun): a request that a decision be changed - การอุทธรณ์
  • appropriate: (opposite: inappropriate) suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose - ที่เหมาะสม
  • armed: using weapons - ติดอาวุธ
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • banned: officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้าม
  • block: to use your power to stop something from being done or from succeeding - กีดขวาง
  • censorship: removing the parts of a book, film/movie, internet content, etc. that are considered to be offensive, immoral or a political threat - การเซ็นเซอร์, การตรวจสอบสื่อต่างๆ เพื่อตัดส่วนที่ไม่เหมาะสมออก
  • challenge: something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve - สิ่งที่ท้าทาย, การท้าทาย
  • cheat: a person who cheats (acts in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage) - คนโกง, คนหลอกลวง
  • comment: to express an opinion - แสดงความคิดเห็น
  • connection: a relationship between people or groups - ความสัมพันธ์
  • constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • content: the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ
  • coup: the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร
  • cultural (adj.): related to the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
  • develop (verb): to gradually grow and improve something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger and successful - พัฒนา
  • dictator: someone who uses force to take and keep power in a country - จอมเผด็จการ
  • distributor: a person or company that supplies goods to shops/stores, etc - ผู้ค้าส่ง, ผู้แทนจำหน่าย, ผู้แจกจ่าย
  • draft: to write a document, plan, etc. that may be changed before it is finally accepted - ร่าง
  • election (noun): the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting - การเลือกตั้ง
  • explanation (noun): a description of how something happened or happens; giving the reasons why it happened - การอธิบาย, การชี้แจง, การขยายความ, คำอธิบาย
  • in power: the people or political party that controls a government -
  • independence (noun): freedom from control by another country, organisation or person - ความเป็นอิสระ
  • installment: one in a series of many things happening over time -
  • intimidate: to attempt to frighten someone in order to get them to do something - ทำให้กลัว, ข่มขู่
  • iron-fisted: ruling or controlling with tight control and great strength -
  • junta: a group of military officers that governs a country, usually without having been elected - รัฐบาลทหาร
  • latest (adj): newest; most recent - ] ล่าสุด, See also: ทันสมัยที่สุด, เกิดหลังสุด
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • moral: relating to right and wrong and the way that people should behave - ทางศีลธรรม, เกี่ยวกับความรู้สึกผิดชอบชั่วดี
  • multi-: more than one; many - มาก, หลาย
  • nation: a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government; all the people in a country - ประเทศ, คนในประเทศ
  • opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส
  • option: a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation - ทางเลือก
  • option: choice - ทางเลือก
  • order: a situation in which everything is well organized or arranged - ความเป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย
  • overthrow: to force a leader or government out of power - ขับไล่ออกจากอำนาจ
  • peace: a calm and quiet situation without any violence - สงบ, ซึ่งมีระเบียบ, เงียบสงบ
  • platform (noun): the type of computer system or the software that is used; a technology -
  • positive: good - ที่ดี
  • power (noun): political control of a country or an area; having a lot of influence and authority to control people and situations - อำนาจ
  • promotion: the act of encouraging or supporting something - การสนับสนุน
  • rebel: a person who opposes somebody in authority over them within an organization, a political party, etc; a person who does not like to obey rules or who does not accept normal standards of behaviour - คนขัดขืน, คนหัวรั้น
  • rebellion: an attempt to remove a government or leader by force - การก่อการกบถ
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • reply: an answer - การตอบ
  • request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง
  • review: an article in which someone gives their opinion of a something - บทวิจารณ์
  • role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
  • ruling: having control over a particular group, country, etc - ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง
  • security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย
  • seize: to take control of a place or situation using military force - เข้ายึดพื้นที่
  • simulation: a situation in which a particular set of conditions is created artificially in order to study or experience something that could exist in reality - การจำลอง
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • solution: a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา
  • statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
  • story line: plot; the way that the story progresses to make it interesting to the reader -
  • stream (noun): a continuous flow of something, e.g., liquid, gas, inflormation or even people - การไหลต่อเนื่อง, กระแส
  • tropical: relating to the hottest area of the Earth, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn - ในเขตร้อน
  • version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
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