Iran Bans ArmA III Military FPS Game for False Representation of Country’s Military

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News Posted: Fri, Sep 21 2012 10:07 AM
The next time someone smirks and gives you a line about video games being stupid, you can say “Oh yeah? If they’re so unimportant, why did Iran ban a shooter for portraying its military in a negative light?” That’ll learn ‘em.

That’s right, Iran took issue with the yet-to-be released ArmA III by Bohemia Interactive. The FPS game pits Iran against NATO in a massive battle in Europe. Iran denied the game a license to be sold in Iran, which means it won’t be sold there. As The Verge points out, this isn’t the first time that Iran has blocked media from being sold in the country when it has believed that the media portrayed Iran in an unfair light. In fact, it’s had a policy of doing exactly that since 2009.

ArmA 3 Is Blocked In Iran

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Iranians have already lost access to several games that are popular in the West, both due to Iran’s policy (Battlefield 3) and due to U.S. sanctions (World Of Warcraft). ArmA III is set to be launched in Q1 of 2013.
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timaeus replied on Fri, Sep 21 2012 12:34 PM

"Iran denied the game a license to be sold in Iran, which means it won’t be sold there." ... Really? Did you really feel the first half of the sentence wasn't clear enough?

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RTietjens replied on Fri, Sep 21 2012 12:38 PM

Well, the religious extremist dictatorship of Iran has a point. ArmA III represents the Iranian military as moderately competent, and that's obviously untrue; look at their track record against Iraqi border villagers, for example.

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Ha. The Ayatollah should lighten up huh.

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4L1G8R replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 4:00 PM

This may seem harsh, but imagine if developers from Iran were trying to sell a game here that made the US look evil, and fighting US was the main point of the game. I mean, really, I can see where they're coming from with it.

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