Military shooters Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter have been ordered removed from shops in Pakistan after store owners raised concerns that both games depict the country as a training ground for terrorism. Fox News reports today that the games were removed across the country after the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) released a memo to boycott the games.
Written in Urdu (Pakistan's national language) and translated by Fox News, the statement indicates the group has always taken a stance against such games. It further notes that store owners found in possession of these games will face unspecified consequences.
"The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country's national unity and sanctity. The games (Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II) have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sales. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games."
According to the report, APCDACTM president Saleem Memon decided to issue the ban on Black Ops II and Warfighter after receiving dozens of complaints about their content. Both games feature sequences set in Pakistan.
Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a Pakistani security official told the site that the games are in fact psychological warfare. "These games are an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan," this person said. This official further claimed that the games are American attempts to convince Pakistanis that they should accept Pakistan as a failed country and one that is home to terrorists.
An Electronic Arts representative declined to comment, while Activision had not responded.