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EA's blockbuster shooter, which depicts military action in Iran, has reportedly been banned in the country. The report comes from The Daily Star (via Industry Gamers). The report quotes an "unnamed deputy with the security and intelligence division of Iran's police" who said "All computer stores are banned from selling this illegal game."It's important to note that Battlefield 3 has never officially been for sale in Iran. EA does not distribute games in Iran. However, as is common in many emerging markets, pirated or gray market copies of many Western games are readily available for purchase in stores. According to the article, many computer store owners in Iran had already declined to stock the game, anticipating an eventual ban on Battlefield 3 due to its sensitive subject matter. Apparently, raids have been conducted by Iranian police, cracking down on stores that had been "secretly" stocking the game prior to the ban.There is also a backlash against the ban online. The Far news agency has reported that over 5,000 Iranian gamers have signed an online petition protesting the ban on Battlefield.
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Ironic considering what Iran's government has been up to lately.
Well, not surprising.
Haha, that's just funny.
Not one bit surprised by this. Let 'em ban it. They have a stick up their butt so oh well. This would be like if France banned BF3 for depicting that nuke going off in Paris. It's dumb.
Well too bad for them.
glad i dont live in iran feel sorry 4 them
That's a shame. However, not every country exercises the same liberties as we do.
Well if Iran didn't suck so much ass and let their people enjoy life it wouldn't be banned. (government not the general pubic just so we're clear)