Pakistan Bans Call Of Duty And Medal Of Honor Games

The world's best-selling video game won't be sold in Pakistan. Fox News reports that a declaration has forbidden sales of Activision's Call of Duty games, as well as EA's newest Medal of Honor release.

According to the report, the ban came into effect after shop owners complained how Pakistan was portrayed in the games. A notice by the organisation that controls sales of digital media in the Middle Eastern country, translated in the article, says the following:

"The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country's national unity and sanctity. The games ("Medal of Honor: Warfighter" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops II") have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games."

Both last year's Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II featured sequences set in Pakistan. Those moments are ones that portray Pakistan as a hotbed of terrorist activity which, according to the Fox News report, doesn't sit well with local merchants. Saleem Memon, head of the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) said, "These games are an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan."

This restriction on the two titles recalls the temporary halt of sales of 2010's Medal of Honor on U.S. military bases. That game became controversial after it was revealed that players could play as the Taliban in multiplayer modes. But, unlike the Armed Forces PX store ban, this move by the Pakistani trade organisation seems unlikely to be lifted any time soon. Still, the article notes that there's a robust market for pirated games in Pakistan, so players who want to get their hands on Black Ops II or Warfighter probably will still be able to do so.

[via GoNintendo]


Comments

    Middle Eastern? Broadly perhaps, but Pakistan is usually considered South Asian.

      Damn, beat me to it. :p

        Heh!

        I mean, culturally there are ties, especially to Afghanistan, but economically it's def closer to Asia

          Afghanistan is usually considered central Asian country

            South Asian and Central Asian are close (as distinct from SE Asia) but given it's on the subcontinent I'd go South Asian. Like all geographic regions, though, the line is blurry

    "A notice by the organisation that controls sales of digital media in the Middle Eastern country, "

    Um... you know Pakistan's not in the Middle East, but actually part of South Asia, yeah?

      I thought Amurica only distinguished between 'Citizens of the United States' and 'Terrorists' these days? Certainly felt like when I went through LA customs.

        Whta happened at customs? i thought they might not give aussies too hard a time.

        Last edited 24/01/13 2:27 pm

    What about Arma. You fight against the Takistani military in Takistan. Sounds familiar...

    Oh please, I am sure they all just pirate games and don't legally buy them anyway.

    Out of curiosity, does anybody have any idea how many copies the last few COD games sold in Pakistan anyway? Why do I get the feeling that Activision's accountants aren't all sitting at their desks chain-smoking as they feverishly punch numbers into calculators, a thin sheen of sweat on their foreheads as they wonder how they'll fill the hole left where their Pakistani sales revenue used to be?

    Yeah, Activision is crying themselves to sleep at night over this.

    Wait, no they're not.

    One less Persian embroided handkerchief for Boby Kotick

    Considering just about every Xbox 360 sold in Pakistan is modded, and pirated games being available at just about every CD store, this will have absolutely minimal effect.

    good for them

    One word. Steam :)

    Just when I thought Pakistan was the last bastion of freedom in this world this happens. :( What's the world coming to.

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