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

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

Image Credit: Bohemia Interactive

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.
Tags:  Iran, ArmA, Sanctions