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.

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.

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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.

SN1P3RASSASSIN0
SN1P3RASSASSIN0

Hide Bin Laden for nine years and complain about being associated with terrorism. Wonder why they didn't ban Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. That game also has you fighting a terror cell in Pakistan.

CommandoVD
CommandoVD

Black Ops 2 is purely fictional and i don't know why Pakistan ban black ops 2.It has only one  map of Lahore and there is only one mission related to pakistan,and it's not about any terrorist "hotbed",just about some rogue isi agents who are carrying out an alliance with a terrorist.The Pakistani government has always been paranoid when it comes to media reporting and entertainment.Anyway Warfighter has some heavy involvement with pakistan,the developers probably did it to give the gamers a more realistic feeling,and besides some of the missions are true.In fact the game is a mix of fiction and reality where the developers had even discussed with some tier 1 operators about some missions,tactics etc. and that is where pakistan comes into the game.It's quite true that MOH Warfighter portrays somewhat of a bad image about Pakistan,especially in the mission where an Arab informant tells that the ISI is protecting a terrorist/gun smuggler and in that mission the player is made aware that he is encountering ISI undercover agents who are protecting the terrorist whom the Arabian informant mentioned to the US Navy SEALs.If i was a Pakistani i would definitely feel depressed about it(Or frustrated if I am a hard-line Patriot).I once played a Chinese game where the player assumes the role of some chinese spec ops veteran fighting his way through American soldiers to unveil some classified data or something.I could remember how Americans expressed their disgust over the game eventhough it was fictional.Anyways EA and Activision aren't expecting a high budget from countries like Pakistan,especially South Asian countries where piracy is at a high rate when it comes to games and movies,even if the Pakistani government bans them,there is not much of a loss to EA and Activision,and they probably don't ship their products very often to countries like Pakistan.

91210user
91210user

Anything that annoys Pakistanis and it produced by a respectable company (business wise) like EA and Activision, you buy it! I mean I'm sure everyone was offended when Activison killed guitar hero or EA being accused by some people of not making good games but they weren't banned!

I'm being serious. If anyone would read their history of how they became Pakistan and for a game gets into there hands for them to ban it. There loads of piracy in Pakistan aswell, which they lock up and don't what the whole world to know about.

How it gets banned was more of a business/boycott/monopoly move for them and I hope the UN takes notice for them to fine them for something over this.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

with or without US or NATO or EU involvement in the region that is northern Pakistan, the place still is ravaged by terrorists, and that's just the way it is...

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I kinda agree and disagree with this. I'm absolutely against games portraying a modern day country in a overly negative or overly positive image. This is the result of politics or stereo typing, which both should stay separate from games. Some games do a good job of avoiding this issue by using fictional countries.

On the flip side, Pakistan IS home to scores of terrorist and extremist groups. Pakistan can ban all the games it wants and pretend these issues don't exist, but its not going to solve their problems with whack jobs shooting school girls or trying to frame disabled children of crimes they did not commit.

Ryan_Som
Ryan_Som

Whoa whoa whoa, wait just a goddamn minute!
Medal Of Honor is popular?

Psycold
Psycold

Man, this is going to kill sales...

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Seriously they really do need to separate politics from games.

JustinKnight17
JustinKnight17

Who cares, let them ban whatever they want.  Just stop giving them foreign aid and let them run their country into the ground in peace.

travo0159
travo0159

lol the games are  "psychological warfare", sounds like the ramblings of the cold war era espionage wars.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

When you harbor Osama Bin Laden for years is it really a shock that you are associated with terrorism?

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

to tell the truth in countries like pakistan there are no legit games, those countries are so poor the only way for them to play games is through pircay (i swear they don't even know what an original game means!)

foxy42
foxy42

The funny thing is that they think that the games are 'only' about Pakistan, when in fact, how pakistan feels about the content did not even enter the designer's minds. Nor should it. Don't blame them for banning them, but its just a fantasy game.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

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

Truth hurts.

VR_Verdugo
VR_Verdugo

From what I've read, Warfighter is blatant propaganda. Not surprised a country would ban it.

k_h_a_n
k_h_a_n

did someone tell you gamespot, you should be given nobel peace prize to delete comments here since what I suppose is you are trying to maintain peace or something like that

razorfett147
razorfett147

All this being said, I just have one observation......people actually still play the campaign mode in CoD games nowadays???

jhonel83
jhonel83

I can perfectly understand that. Sometimes even I feel offended by all the crap they throw in those games, and I'm from Europe

Caracaos
Caracaos

While I can appreciate that nations can get prickly over issues of prestige and "respect", this ban accomplishes nothing. As a former Pakistani who used to live in the UAE, half of the appeal of travelling to Karachi was to visit Rainbow Center, which is basically a mall-sized slap in the face to copyright law.

Lestat_jio
Lestat_jio

Fox News, the most reliable media in 'Merica

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

First off, is anyone else bothered by the fact that this came from Fox News???  I don't trust those people to tell me that its cold in winter at this point! 

Secondly, while I understand why Pakistanis wouldn't want their country portrayed as a terrorist hotbed, when the most wanted terrorist on the planet is hiding IN PLAIN SIGHT IN YOUR COUNTRY, its not hard to see how your country could come to be thought of as that  terrorist hotbed.

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world right now.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

A lot of politicians and the NRA wish these games could be banned just as quickly in the US. At least there is a constitution that defends a freedom of expression in the US.

As for Pakistan's reputation as a terrorist hotbed, there is plenty of journalistic coverage that is far more damning than any of these blatantly fictional games. Check out Vice's videos on Pakistan, for example, on YouTube (also banned in Pakistan).

vadagar1
vadagar1

wow I just love stereotypes..... 

if I list all the movies and games that have horrible HORRIBLE stereo types I would need a few hours if not days. 


I can understand the action frankly, Islam is NOT a political faction or a country its an ideal just like Christianity, when they say "Islamic terrorist" is just offends my intelligence and pisses me off, Islam forbids terrorism, and yet when ever some half brained moron kills some one in the "name" of god we automatically label all people that follow a curtain faith terrorists.

 think of it this way, if Islam was indeed a religion of terror, and we know there are 2 billion Muslims in the world, shouldn't we like be drowning in blood now and having a nuclear war??!!!! 


plz guys read more and don't give in to hate and the idiotic Hollywood stereotypical bullshit.

hbk_djkhan
hbk_djkhan

and you my friend is an idiot... who can't be reasoned with... no matter Pak or Ind we got a good number of people just like you... PEACE

hbk_djkhan
hbk_djkhan

exactly... we also don't want wars because all it causes is misery or damage to both the sides... leaving aside whos better then whom...

Talnova
Talnova

Unspecified consequences? o_O


I wonder how much of the country is in denial about being a "training ground for terrorism" and how much knows but denies it because they think it will somehow make things better for them.  They seemed more upset that spec ops went under their noses than that Bin Laden was found in their territory.

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

>country houses Osama Bin Laden for 3 years
>doesn't want to appear terrorist hotbed.

Self explanatory.

Blasterwolf
Blasterwolf

INKIMAAKOSALAAM............Badhwesalekisikuttimaakebache.............hahahha

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Pakistan portrays Pakistan as a terrorist hotbed, should we ban Pakistan too?

RenegadeGR
RenegadeGR

The story of those games was shit anyways (especially MOH:WF, had high hopes for it but...ya). Mayb adding pakistani special forces will make them happy.

speedcrysis
speedcrysis

Enough talking......plz close this comments section

Blasterwolf
Blasterwolf

Leave it to Fox News to report a news to start hate mania...............lol...............what Americans don't know is the the same 2 owners who own fox network in USA also own a news network in Saudi Arabia which spreads propaganda against USA itself.............hahahhahaa..........and idiots in both countries watch it!

aliie
aliie

i respect all those here who supports facts .

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

Regardless of the content (and yes, CoD and MoH are un-repentantly xenophobic) it doesn't bode well for anyone when a country just ups and bans said content because they are unhappy with it.