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Saudi Arabia Creates Islamic Rating System for Video Games. Seeking to Ban Multiple Titles

TheArabGamer writes: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have put together an Islamic rating system for video games."

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itsjustexuma928d ago

Wow those gamers are going to miss out on very good games like The Last of Us, Final Fantasy games and The Order: 1880

Massacred928d ago

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.

diesoft928d ago

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.

Exari928d ago

good thing they cant ban games from the ps store... i think..

Septic928d ago

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.

Freedomland927d ago

@diesoft

You don’t know what you are talking about.

Seriously, ignorance is bliss.

diesoft927d ago

@Freedomland LOL apparently it is. Thanks for reminding me that too many people on this site are...special.

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kasser928d ago

I am a Saudi and Last of Us was never banned.

Stallion928d ago

>The Order: 1880
>good

Please go, Sony marketing team.

DarkOcelet928d ago (Edited 928d ago )

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.

RashBandicoot928d ago

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

DarkOcelet928d ago

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?

sonic989928d ago

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 .

RashBandicoot928d ago

@DarkOcelet all I gotta say is thank god for digital distribution.

Massacred928d ago

Couldn't Saudi Arabia block any instances of the games being downloaded over local networks as well though?

Smelly1sam928d ago

This is the internet, there is always a way

MultiConsoleGamer928d ago

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.

RashBandicoot928d ago

There a lot of indie developers but sadly the powers that be still fail to see the value in funding.

Septic928d ago

Its their loss though because any tax breaks they have could invite a lot of developers there I reckon.

Grap928d ago

Saudi arabia doesn't have taxes. So go fighure.

Pandamobile928d ago

They may be wealthy, but their political system is still stuck 1000 years in the past.

Malacath928d ago

Its a country that still executes people for black magic which any sane person knows doesn't exist.
So not surprising really.

gangsta_red928d ago (Edited 928d ago )

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.

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Nonscpo928d ago

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!

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