Battlefield 3 banned in Iran - Report

[UPDATE]: Iranian computer shops are restricted from selling pirated copies of DICE's latest featuring "Grand Bazaar" level; EA says it hopes ban will cut down on piracy.

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Battlefield 3 sold 5 million copies after being on shelves for a single week. However, while it may have been a big seller in the West, parts of the Middle East aren't quite as happy with the release.

Battlefield 3 depicts US boots on the ground in Iran.

An AFP report on the Lebanon Daily Star site says that DICE's military shooter has been banned in Iran. Although EA has no authorized local resellers in the country, pirated PC games are the norm in the region, and government officials have reportedly "raided (some shops) and arrested owners for selling the game secretly."

Battlefield 3 features a range of scenarios in various real-world locales, one of them being an urban Iranian setting featuring the historic Grand Bazaar. Local newspaper Asr-e Ertebat reports that an unnamed deputy with the security and intelligence division of Iran's police said, "All computer stores are prohibited from selling this illegal game."

As reported by the Fars news agency, a group of "Iranian youths" have collected more than 5,000 signatures in an online petition to protest Battlefield 3. "We understand that the story of a videogame is hypothetical … (but) we believe the game is purposely released at a time when the US is pushing the international community into fearing Iran," the petition purportedly reads.

Violence and perceived promotion of criminal acts are oft-cited reasons for game bannings, but geopolitical concerns causing outcry over games is a comparatively rare occurrence. In 2006, Mercenaries 2 caused some controversy in Venezuela for its depiction of a "power hungry tyrant" as the head of the country and the game's main antagonist. Two years earlier, Ghost Recon 2 was banned in South Korea for a plotline with a war-torn Korean peninsula that went "way too far." (That ban was lifted in 2006.)

[UPDATE]: An Electronic Arts representative commented on the matter for GameSpot, saying, "In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies reaching consumers there."

Discussion

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CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

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MR-PERSIANGAMER
MR-PERSIANGAMER

let's get this over with!! the best game i've ever played is banned!! our peoples know what to do?(herfeii tar az in harfa hast)

aghanaser
aghanaser

مرگ بر بتلفید...! به یاری خداوند کاخ EA را تسخیر خواهیم کرد...! الله اکبر ، خمینی رهبر...

mohsenbazi
mohsenbazi

@Sgthombre actually no.but it can trace people in time.it's just matter of time nothing else.they just release games like that and some people really believe things in those games

parsa_v
parsa_v

"In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies reaching consumers there." pfffff, you wish! lol and there's nothing to ban! they dont even sell the game here coz everything is pirated here!

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

What I find interesting about this artice ist the Iranian youths. Do they really think BF3 is a way for America to push its international agenda? Seriously? BF3 is nothing more than EA's grab at market share. Words from their mouths.

hamed692004
hamed692004

common guys.... let us be clear.i myself didnt enjoy the game because of its poor story as people here mentioned this too.. but since i am a iranian, i want to ask u guys who are abroud to put yourselves in our position.the government MUST have banned the game as it did..just imagine it was your country that the story could have taken place in.. what would your government do...i know this is only a game but common..which one of you who have finished the game still think about iran as before..i just want to be clear with you guys... so my point is just play the damn multiplayer and enjoy your time playing with your friends... we cant change the resault(the change of mind's view) that allready have happended.. and let our government do the right thing by banning this game....

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@shadow55199 I read some about that in Wikipedia some time ago, was nice to remember it since I consider any form of history is nice. But just in case (and I don't mean that you did), don't think for a moment that I don't treat any other culture/nation's history with respect. Doing that is something sad and pretty lame to put it bluntly... I leave that to people like our "friend" down there calling a nation's culture "fruitless". Iran has a lot of history, full great moments and great mistakes, so do we In Germany, so has that people in The States and in every country in the world at it's own scale. Cheers man, and thank for taking your time posting that :)

shadow551991
shadow551991

@axlroselm @Warlord_Irochi i may welcome u as well to read this comment. if u havent noticed yet im an iranian that lives in iran, as my opinion about arabs, i never hate them, i say they took away what we were, we were persians, im not a religious guy but like most of other persians here i know that the great "Ahoora Mazda" was the messenger of god on this land, his whole messege is put into three sentences : speak the good words (گفتار نیک) , have the good thoughts (پندار نیک) , do the good deeds (کردار نیک) . these three aim right at the conscious of any person. that anyone is aware of what they are doing. do these three and your free of any guilt. as simple as that. as i said im not a religious guy but i know my roots. my point is we were far more civilized when arabs wanted to teach us things. where were arabs when the great "Persepolis" was built in persia? do you know what they say about arabs attack in persia? they say "Muhammed the messenger" sent a messege to the persian king with the name of allah on the paper, to join the islam. the king tears the message apart that contains the name of alah, but they never said that the king did this because he said : "we worshiped god far before your ancestors were even born" and u dont even know the first king of persia, The Great Cyrus. @Warlord_Irochi i may welcome u as well to read this comment.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@axlroselm No worth commenting what you posted, apart from wondering what has to do Dubai inside this topic.

Triton
Triton

@Jebril This article is about a country's leaders not allowing a game to be sold / PLAYED in their country. Really need to let the personal political views go. The bottom line is that this is a GAME, Not sure of your age, but I grew up during the Cold War so I really, really do understand the nuclear threat. (I'm more worried now with all the non-grounded countries having them) Relax get the game(or another of your choice), grab an adult beverage(if old enough) and have some fun playing a game. Believe me it helps after 9-10 hours of work 5 days a week. Game on gaming brother.

axlroselm
axlroselm

@Warlord_Irochi Most of the Iranians here only utter racist crap about Arabs and their fruitless 7000 years of history! I done a research and noticed that great numbers of Iraninans choose Dubai for their holidays.

Jebril
Jebril

@Triton Kinda hard to just 'chill out and play' when you're constantly being threatened by Super Empire and buddies with nuclear devastation for trying to use an alternative energy source with no threat or proof of weapon development. I mean I don't want to get political right now, I'm not Iranian, but it's insane what the US and Israel have done to Israel. Ahmadenjad or w/e says he wants to create a democratic nation with Palestine/Israel and they mistranslate that to "I wanna wipe Israel off the face of the face of the Earth", and smear it with war propaganda.Not only that but seriously, Israel has how many nukes unofficially given to them from the US? I mean come on... And EA of course is gonna make this bull war propaganda game to keep the brainwashing culture we currently live in continuing. It doesn't matter anyway, I never buy EA games. Here's to EA a big middle finger, you and Activision can go off.

persia007
persia007

warlord_irochi consoles are sold expensive here.for example we buy Xbox360 slim 250GB ,its price is between 520$ to 550$.playstation3 320GB Killzone3 Bundle's Price is about 580$.kinect's Price is between 230$ to 265$.Last Night i bought Batman:Arkham City For pc(pirated copy-5$)Cat woman is very fast and agile.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@brain20035 I guessed that, I was asking about getting the machine itself. @shadow551991 People will find a way or another, Not only Iran, but there is still a lot of countries that haven't a market ready for cloud gaming. Your problem could be there, digital distribution, well... patience I guess.

brain20035
brain20035

@Warlord_Irochi Console games are pirated as well. for your information there are ways to mod your console to play pirated games on your console. In the past people had to pay through the roof for PS3 games, but now both current gen consoles have been modded.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

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Rabastu
Rabastu

@mrboone01 We got pretty lucky in the revolution, without france we would've lost easily. True we stood up for ourselves, but without outside help it would've been futile.

shadow551991
shadow551991

@Warlord_Irochi the consoles are importet and we buy it here in iran. and one console isnt expensive, when a game is one fifth the price of the console, hehehe thats expensive! and if a game is 60$ its even more expensive here due to the economics if u get what i mean, USD has become more expensive during the past 2 years. u know the worst news here was that the next gen consoles would be totally digital!! everyone was going like how are they gonna pirate games now?! and if the digital thing happens with this slow motion internet speed here .... oh dont wanna start....

manhunted
manhunted

may the gods laugh at the state of this sad, sad world...........

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@axlroselm Talks about liberty and rights a guy calling people's opinions "stupid coments". Little more I can say...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

BTW I have a question for Iranian people here. Since games have no official distribution and original are really expensive you get pirated copies. How bout the consoles?; you get imports or you buy em there?, cause I guess they must be crazy expensive... :( Cheers.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@zidan4000 If that is the case, my apologices then. Tothe rest: There is really nothing to thank, I just hate when people generalices in such a biased way. People seeing every middle east inhabitant as a anti-freedom potential terrorist is like saying that every inhabitant in Europe is a potential ultra-catholic crusade like those in "Assassin's Creed"

art1373
art1373

Thanks @Warlord_Irochi at least good to know some people like you are out there

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

@Warlord_Irochi well said my friend.

SaeeD22000
SaeeD22000

Dear Reuwsaat It was my example to show we are people in here against Battlefield 3 plot. And we have heavy differences with government (Police, Basij, and ....) I think it's clear. ;)

Triton
Triton

@SaeeD22000 I hear you, and will follow right after you do! Now go buy your pirated copy and lets game together and have some fun.

art1373
art1373

No Matter Us against the world We Persians have one code we never try to prove ourselves to anyone so you either wanna believe we are normal humans like anyone ( first rule of human rights you talk about) or wanna believe the jippers said about us we never wanna impress anyone @mad-at-nintendo RUN RUN I'm gonna drop a bomb at you

cyberslammer
cyberslammer

Super Happy Male Virgin Funtime is still not banned though.

zidan4000
zidan4000

@Warlord_Irochi I totally agree with your last post by the way.

zidan4000
zidan4000

@Warlord_Irochi it is the internet and there is no way i can prove it but i have been through the tunisian revolt and we had sleepless nights when the militias were running around shooting people everywhere and the army was in ruckos and the only we could defend ourselves is with sticks and stones, yeah you may be right, not many casualties happened in the tunisian revolt compared to countries like egypt , libya and the others. but still, when a government goes too far , enough is enough.

The-Silent
The-Silent

i love my country iran! we are very kind with our people & love our friend! we are peaceful!! i live in persia! fight for it ! for my country!!!!

Triton
Triton

Wow, appears we have some angry suppressed folks here. I thought this was about a countries leaders banning a game. Yes a only a game. Seems like the folks in Iran are not allowed to have fun and just chill out and play. They need more outlets to relax and not take every little thing so serious..

DanielAssassin
DanielAssassin

You words are fact WARLORD_Irochi about iranian. no one is the same as another one.I wish peaceful world and country for every one and anyone.

DanielAssassin
DanielAssassin

I Totally agree with 3dmajid2012 the game is banned because of the insults not for gameplay. its the fact. And blacksnake123 why you see anyone as basij dug hun? every one has his own idea and we should respect that.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Some Iranian gamers here complaint about a game being banned, some Americans answered in a bad way, some gave support and some Iranians got pissed. Some American (and Europeans) here seem to be unable to accept the fact that: 1- Iran is not a 3rd world country 2- Iranians are human 3- Not every person in that country is a bloodthirsty radical muslim belonging to Al-Qaeda that wants to eat you and steal your Steam account. Too much talking and discrimination from some people (again: "some") from the so called "land of freedom" knowing nothing about recent history and (most likely) never entered in combat or saw how atrocious are the results of a war. I would LOVE to see you in that situation, it's easy and free to criticize from your cozy home. You speak about everyone in middle east like the were all the same, then you complain that they'll see you all like monsters spreading war all around the world. Isn't it funny?. I urge you to read more about history (with internet being illiterate has no excuse), travel a bit more, re-check your personal values and watch yourself in the mirror before talking. I'm telling you this from Germany, so (sadly) I know a lot about totalitarian regimens and what they leave even generations after the ones that suffered it. But why waste my time? for the likes of you I guess I'm just another Nazi, right? For the non-prejudiced/non-brainwashed people here, please don't be offended, this is not addressed for you :) Have a pleasant day.

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

I'm from Iran. Here people enjoy gaming like anyone around the world and gamers have access to all 1st day release of the titles. Consoles are expensive. Sometimes mostly during the summer, you've to pay up to triple times as the price in US for consoles. But almost all the games for all consoles are pirated copies, so cheap, around 1-2 $ for each PS3, Xbox360, Wii or PC game. When pirated titles can be found everywhere, so people can have them. No need to shop them from the market, just a copy from a friend's disk would do.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@mrboone01 Would like to see you in the same situation and do something different...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@zidan4000 That sounds to me like the words of someone who lives in a safe country and never went through what is loosing everything, including family members... @Spacerac If that is the case, then I'm relieved.

Finy
Finy

Why do people take entertainment so seriously?! :P

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

@jaferkhan i bet you are a basiji. people of iran love America. Long Live America.

jaferkhan
jaferkhan

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3Dmajid2012
3Dmajid2012

Why BF3 is banned in IRAN country ? its correct that in this game they called iranian people "Terrorist" but this never important to ban the game ! because this isn't a new thing. they always in their games,movies and another medias called iranian as "Terrorist".So it has no wonder.We know that BF3 has a poor story that Iran has involved in it and its no important to ban the game because its only a game and its poor story never be real. But main reason to ban this game in IRAN is curse of Iranian terrorist in the game !! They curse bad to player,curse to mother,curse to sister and other. So you shouldn't expect that this game be legit in this country ! because its against the law of country to legit a bad media. So this game never published in IRAN country but its availabe in some store but its downloaded version. So come to see facts. A bad media shouldn't be legit in the country.

Rabastu
Rabastu

Btw, im enjoying both the ignorance and knowledge below, its always fun to see some kid who watches the news get stumped by someone who bothers to learn about the world themselves.

Rabastu
Rabastu

Not surprised, if i was the iranian government and a country that hated me made a game depicting an invasion of my cities, i would think they were trying to instill fear in my country as well. Probably wouldn't ban it tho, i like personally freedom.

kiranbvsn
kiranbvsn

Games are meant to be played and not to be imitated. don't take it personal, hope one day a game will be made in AREA 51 :)

persia007
persia007

hi.i live in iran,and i'm happy.because i live in a good country.my country have problems like other country.dear american battlefield3 is political more than u think!in iran call of duty series have many fans.we can't buy original game because original game in here sold 80$-120$.u buy videoGame about 60$!video game seller in my country have'nt any mercy.i can't buy battlefield3 original because is banned.my only reason for buying Battlefield3 is battlefield3's multiplayer.one question!? what hapend in wall st.?is anybody die?is that real? sorry because my english is verry bad.