Pakistan bans Black Ops II, Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Popular military shooter games removed from stores in country after store owners said the games portray Pakistan as a terrorist hotbed.

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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.

Discussion

962 comments
The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

dude's dont need to fight over this issue any more cause first of all this DAMN NEWS IS FAKE!!!!!!!!These damn games are still being sold if this type of shit ever happened it would have come on our DAMN news channels too.....so this fight was for no damn reason(and this fight was also on big damn LIE!!!!!!)!!

Nuvied
Nuvied

Its very big joke. there is no legal copies, no check and balance, no law and order in pakistan to ban something.

news is sucked

The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

first of all,Pakistan is a developed country and we have all these consoles you think only americans own them,second Pakistan is not a terrorist country,third of dont put the blame of our sit head governments crimes on all Muslims and Paksitani,fourt we do have original games,fifth taaliban is roaming around doin shit in our countryand the last of all reply on this comment abou ur "questions About pakistan"

DreamsofGreen
DreamsofGreen

I'm not sure what your even talking about. I'm pretty sure, looking over what I just wrote, I didn't say anything of the sort. I'm just stating facts, how about you stop browsing old blogs to write hate mail. Ty

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

It is how we are portrated we are shown as terrorists by world over when we are the most loving people ever!!!

awesomenessme
awesomenessme

So Banned, because people think we r terrorists? Come on, Just because of one measly perosn u think that the whole Country of Pakistan contains terrorists and all Muslims are terorist!!!!! RACISM!!!!

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

Wait. You mean Pakistan ISN'T a terrorist hotbed?

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

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.

Battlemed
Battlemed

I don't recall Russia banning all those videogames... yet, they are very often portrayed as the ultimate bad guys.... no no, no excuses here....

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

Just to be fair, remind me a game where US is the bad guy?
And let's think about this:
I wonder how american will feel if a game(all the kids love it, including american kids) where chinese or russians are the good guys, they are saveing the planet by destorying US citys and killing civilians,both  are ofc done inadvertently, because there is a  lot american terrorist threatning their country.

Vambran
Vambran

Pakistan does not contribute to the video game industry.  And does anybody know if people in pakistan actually buy games or just pirate them all?

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

not one but 2 current (yet seperate) long time running internal revolutions going on and they cant see why they would be portrayed as a hot bed?

omgmike23
omgmike23

MAYBE if pakistan wasn't a "terrorist hotbed" then they wouldn't be portrayed that way. No one just pointed the finger at your country and said "That's where we'll base all of our terrorist stereotypes" it's not a stereotype if its true.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Maybe when Pakistan can go a full month WITHOUT a terrorist bombing,religiously motivated mass shooting and/or shooting little girls in the face for wanting to learn at school they can start complaining about how the rest of the world sees them.

The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

@The-pro-gamer17 well i was wrong,they removed the original games not the copies and so far no damn "consequence" to any game shop has happened

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@The-pro-gamer17 ya u r right and don't think that our leaders are bad but you leaders are good they have also caused destruction in various places when they are hurt a little they destroy the renmants and everything of that place you are pro gamer17 not only our leaders are bad and we should not be blamed for henious crimes

91210user
91210user

@awesomenessme How is that racist? Again... look at the history of Pakistan and how it was formed. Some Pakistanis even admit that it was just a locked state for a certain demographic and it really does look like they have such ideas and plans.

For it to be made in such media like video games, it sends such a powerful message across. You should be happy because the North Koreans want to make it in video games too.

You're overreacting and I suggest you stop posting such silly statements.


Xirexor
Xirexor

@the_bi99man Dude Pakistani are realy great people. I have been in pakistan for 18years and K2 is there too ! I am not pakistani. But i dont understand why people blaming this country ?

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@Battlemed Let us portray americans as bad guys the hevoc the'll cause you don't knw and russia is not as strong as it was tecnically russia became small very small but still let americans be portrayed then we will see

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

Oh,and ppl please also remember one thing. For many pakistani(that don't support terrorim), for all those violence and death toll because their governments support for US action in that area, you get a game which their kid will play, that suggest Pakistan is evil/or atleast is/was a terrorist "hotbed".
US has 9.11, Pakistan have bomb go of almost every other day(maybe not that many,but you get my meaning).....

jhonel83
jhonel83

@Vambran , that is pure idiocy. There are graphs which show p2p activity and illegal activity involving piracy and intelectual theft -I was looking at one just a few days ago as a project for my college. And guess what? The biggest rate in pirating is in NA and Western Europe and South America.In that order. You'll be amazed to know the Middle East, Africa and Austalia barely make 5% of that crime rate, while NA alone holds over 60%

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@Vambran The games of Ps3 and Blue rays are original and not all are pirated in our country you guys i.e the americans also have pirated games 

SpYkz101
SpYkz101

@omgmike23 If ea made a game about all the school shootings going on in America, how do you think the government and public would react? Its true and happening but does that mean we want a game about it?

The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

@DarkSaber2k  DUDE its not our fault that are government is full of guys who care about nothing but money!If they even gave a damn about Pakistan EA wouldnt have made this game!

The-pro-gamer17
The-pro-gamer17

@91210user Whats wrong with pakistans history?And by the way make Pakistanis zombies or just take a mafia gang in your games just like counter strike did.Dont show the whole country as terrorists

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@SpYkz101 @omgmike23 Yes he is right if we as pakistani have done nothing and are blamed for everything dosen't mean a game should be made about it too if a game is made about americans then you guyz would probably create a riot world over!!!

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@The-pro-gamer17 @DarkSaber2k right the pro gamer 17 Tecnically you guyz are not so good either the things you guys have done to our countries is beyond compromise and its just wrong the way you guys portray the muslims should for one  guys problem one thing we all call you all problematic we call you all hinderances!!!

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@The-pro-gamer17 @91210user You are calling our country's history bad they worked hard for countless years all our heroes to be free from the wretched hands of the british Atleast we did not only dump tea in the river like "the boston tea party" countless poetries and othe adversities were overcomed in order for the countries establishment and our heroes did for the people many i for one who have studied the history and creation of Pakistan know the struggles and adversities overcome and other hurdeles passed so don't go critisizing people when u don't knw anything and your country has done terrorism world over you will know if you get out of your perfect world!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

91210user
91210user

@The-pro-gamer17 @91210user I don't waste my words when I said you are over-reacting!

I'm not answering your question, that's your problem and go buy Medal of Honor and Black Ops 2... and complain about it to the developers. They enjoy reading fan mail!

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

@Xirexor How I'm wrong about US,as I did not make ANY accusation against US(just point to some basic facts) ? My main point was the idea to look at things from a different viewpoint. :D I'm not saying which is right or wrong. Just the fact, that ppl need and SHOULD think about this type of stuff from other ppl's point of view.

awesomepakistan
awesomepakistan

@Xirexor @Defender1978 @pr0teu5 Xirexor all the things i have heard about america and its leades makes me believe the fact that americans are the biggest terriorosts sry to say that but even in america the muslim people are wanted by people to wear tags and just because u wear a fancy suit and call ur self the president dosen't mean ur less of a terrorist


Monsta1217
Monsta1217

@awesomepakistan @SpYkz101 @omgmike23 i get what you guys are saying but think of it this way at the end of the day its just a game, in all honesty in BF3 russians are going against US marines and in the campaign its the Russian guy who blows up part of paris France did the russians say that BF3 can't be sold in russia ? to me its all just stupid because at the end of the day you guys arent able to play a game because of blatant stereotypes its just stupid