TheArabGamer writes: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have put together an Islamic rating system for video games."
Wow those gamers are going to miss out on very good games like The Last of Us, Final Fantasy games and The Order: 1880
I tend not to like to jump in on other countries politics, but this, to me, seems a tad Orwellian. Not the rating board, which could simply be there to create awareness, but the outright banning of titles.
Yes, a country who actually employs people to be vice cops and arrest women if they're sitting too close to a man is definitely going too far with banning video game titles. ;p Seriously, they need to loosen up.
good thing they cant ban games from the ps store... i think..
We need to respect the beliefs of other states but at the same time, Saudi Arabia needs to provide transparency for the decision making process, not just an outright blanket ban. Also, realistically, I think this will be difficult to enforce because of digital distribution.
@diesoft You don’t know what you are talking about. Seriously, ignorance is bliss.
@Freedomland LOL apparently it is. Thanks for reminding me that too many people on this site are...special.
I am a Saudi and Last of Us was never banned.
>The Order: 1880 >good Please go, Sony marketing team.
That means The Witcher 3 will be definitely be banned. And so is 90% of Mature games. I think only COD will be the only Mature game there. Thats not a good thing.
That's funny cause there's actually an official Middle East version for the witcher 3 which featured censored stuff. But that came out before this new rating system so chances are it will get banned :P
That's a big shame really. They are ruining gaming over there. In the end you will find only children game and sports title that will be there so WTF are they thinking?
honestly i am not affected . i mainly play platformers and fun games, the sexual stuff in games always irritates me so i am glad if they could remove it especially the homo sexual crap .
@DarkOcelet all I gotta say is thank god for digital distribution.
Couldn't Saudi Arabia block any instances of the games being downloaded over local networks as well though?
This is the internet, there is always a way
Interesting story. Saudi Arabia is one of the most wealthy nations in the world. You would think they would have their own thriving video game industry.
There a lot of indie developers but sadly the powers that be still fail to see the value in funding.
Its their loss though because any tax breaks they have could invite a lot of developers there I reckon.
Saudi arabia doesn't have taxes. So go fighure.
They may be wealthy, but their political system is still stuck 1000 years in the past.
Its a country that still executes people for black magic which any sane person knows doesn't exist. So not surprising really.
Making and playing video games may not be a very popular hobby or business out that way. I always wondered why other countries that are 1st world and do have strong tech base don't produce more video game developers.
Hooray for censorship, remember if the government doesn't step in or a politically slanted organization to rate games, then who will be out there thinking about the children...I mean women!
Thank God for Imports!!!
That's not good at all, habibi's.
THANK GOD FOR THE BLACK MARKET.
*Game may depict women having equal rights* Examples include women voting, women driving a car, or women competing freely in sports.
I was just thinking, shouldn't the "sexual content" sign have the female icon covered up??
Soooo mostly Nintendo?
Well the middle east can either embrace modern technology and ideas or it can cling to beliefs that really should be relegated to historical footnotes and texts. They like china are only going to be able to control what they don't want their citizens to see for so long. (referring to the extreme aspects human rights violations ect) Willing to bet smart people in the middle east will be able to find ways of getting around government imposed bans.
This country is like a prison
I can confirm that it's not, just because they put ratings for "Games" doesn't mean living in Saudi Arabia is a prison.
I'm quite sure a lot of saudi women feel like they are in a prison.
Try North Korea or Laos.
Even though I have issues with united states, I'm glad I live here, Canada sounds nice with the free Healthcare I wouldn't mind living there. For the world I believe people should have the choice to allow or not allow in there country instead of living under the rule of one guy or group.
Oh, the world we'd live in if people were able to think for themselves. If people were able to decide for themselves what is or isn't good for them. If maybe everyone in the world could be equal and enjoy what they want to enjoy. .. if only.
This is not even an official rating system. Just some guys "volunteered" as they say to make a rating system from an Islamic perspective. But non of you here checked. You just jumped on the opportunity to criticize Saudi Arabia. Shame on you.
This could very easily be a checklist of things I want in games. Broken down with little pictures on the cover. A time saver if you ask me.
Some rather graphic labels. Weird way to show a rating system by the volunteers.
I am from Saudi Arabia and let me tell you none of that article's content is official. First of all, the games list is a thing that I really doubt was effective. Government usually bans games with strong nudity such as God of War series. The Assassin Creed series was never banned to my information (and it was advertised everywhere around here). Last of Us wasn't banned. The labels are just made up by a university researcher. However I think these are very good indicators for parents who are picking up games for kids especially that lots of Saudi parents are simply ignorant and give their kids inappropriate games. One of my young cousins (pre-school age) used to play GTA IV just to steal cars and murder NPCs.
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