GamerZines writes: It has been announced that under a new partnership between two regional companies, video games featuring extreme violence, nudity or foul language will be edited so that they are suitable to release for the Middle East market.
FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD NONONONONONONONONONOOOO!!!!! It's bad enough movies in the cinemas are censored, but this is just too much! "Such a move could result in bans on certain video titles being averted, with examples being the recently banned Mafia II that was not allowed to go on sale across Middle Eastern countries. Others include Dead Rising 2, and the Grand Theft Auto franchise." BULLSHIT! They sold those games like any other damn game in the shops! EDIT 2: Ayoubi stated that they aim to work on "two to four games per year," whilst also suggesting that FIFA 11 and the third instalment in the Uncharted series may be amongst the first to be "Arabised and localised." .............Did they just confirm Uncharted 3?
I wonder if they'll start modding games to have female characters in Burkas.
well said, sir.
then the player gets an automatic game over screen. Is that too culturally insensitive? Oh well.
Call of Burka
not to mention ITS OBVIOUSLY COMING. so yeah, Uncharted 3 is a reality, probably releasing 2011 November like Uncharted 2 did in 2009. I feel your pain kratosgirl, assuming you're from the middle east, I cant imagine having these games censored where I live, i'd be really annoyed I agree with respecting religions and cultures, but seriously, censorship isn't the right solution. if anything, censorship makes that stuff more taboo, and thus more desirable, which if anything is THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY WANT. oh well...
I'd just skip the region, make people import it. Sales are not that big in the region anyway.
Yeah, but you have to admit banning all that stuff really works, because the Middle East is one of the quietest, safest, most non-violent regions in the whole wide world!
Good to hear it, maybe this kinda news will die out cause they can't moan anymore.
how about they edit out the real violence in the middle east first
How about they censor out the foreign military bases present in the 'Middle Eastern' region first? And maybe a Disneyland or Mcdonalds or five while they're at it.
With all that cut out would anybody play it.
What a load of bullshit. I visit Kuwait every summer because I have family there and the way they handle censorship is laughable. Even a tiny little bit of cleavage in an EDGE magazine is blacked out completely. It's completely backwards, I always ask myself the question; isn't resisting these temptations put before you mark you as a person who is strong in your faith and beliefs? As opposed to just completely getting rid of any temptation. It's really annoying and needs to change.
living in the Middle East. @ddurand1 - Yeah and thank Christ for that.
says someone who has never been. When I was in the Middle East it was actually alot of fun. And I live in America. I was never limited in anything I wanted to do.
there is about to be an ignorance overload in this thread.
Already is. Gamers don't seem to be the deepest thinkers about different cultures in the world. They also seem to be a rather intolerant lot.
it really is too bad. its not just gamers though unfortunately. Especially whenever someone mentions the middle east
Soon they will just ship a blank disk with no game on it.
At least they aren't banning a game altogether like Australia does.
nudity and foul language ok. but not violance. that will kill some games.
will they pretty much be staring at a blank screen? :)
Eh, edit. I'm not a fan of my own sarcasm. Basically, people should be open to different kinds of content, and parents should be the gate between kids and content. No one's getting Peace in the Middle East by censoring Call of Duty or banning Bayonetta. It'll cost everyone less to not worry about this stuff.
Platinum achievement: you earn 72 virgins in heaven I always wonder where those virgins keep coming from...
Freedom of speech nearly non-existent? ...welcome to the Middle East.
How can the most religious fanatic, women abusing, violent, 16th century thinking countries of the world censor gaming? It's too easy. Let's all stop and laugh and then return tomorrow. Women in Iran get stoned for adultery! Yeah GTA is awful. I mean, what the fuck are we talking about here????? -Video games which portray a violent or immoral message are wrong, but throwing rocks at a lady until she's dead is perfectly acceptable and justified? What the hell kind of backward ass world do we live in? Maybe the region should be an example of proper behavior before deciding what's immoral. This is like Jeffrey Dahmer telling his kids not to eat McDonalds.
Guess someone had time to disagree in between stonings. Hurry up! Get back to the rock pile! She's trying to get away. Oh wait, she's just screaming for help and mercy. Finish her!
"How can the most religious fanatic, women abusing, violent, 16th century thinking countries of the world censor gaming? It's too easy. Let's all stop and laugh and then return tomorrow." buddy lay off the Fox news...
Time like this WHICH IS GLAD WE ARE AMERICAN. Glad my parents move to this country instead of OUT THEIR. FREEDOM OF SPEECH FREEDOM AND EXPRESSION. Just love it.
am respectful of other people's culture and faith, but that certainly seems like a claustrophobic environment in which to live. I do wish them well in making games reflective of their culture. It just makes me wander which culture?
games are censored in germany too you know... having actually been there (mid east) unlike the rest of you... there is no jack thompson running around talking about games, i got a couple of M games from a food market, no one cares about game censorship.
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