Iran Bans Arma 3

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Iran Bans Arma 3

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The Iranian government believes it's being unfairly portrayed in Arma 3.

The near-future military shooter Arma 3 is based on a war between a fractured NATO and resurgent Iran, following its invasion of Greece. It's fairly standard stuff as far as post-Soviet fictional conflicts go, but to absolutely no one's surprise, it doesn't sit too well with the authorities in Iran.

Iran's National Foundation of Computer Games, in conjunction with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, has declared that Iranian military forces are being improperly portrayed in the game as the bad guys, and have thus refused to grant Arma 3 approval for sale in the country. It also issued a statement reminding "all relevant institutions and organizations" that the game is not to be sold without official permission.

It's not terribly surprising that the Iranian authorities dropped the banhammer on Arma 3, as it did the same thing, for similar reasons, late last year with Battlefield 3. It also sentenced a member of the KumaWar development team to death for espionage (the sentence has since been overturned; Hekmati remains in prison awaiting a new trial) and supported the development of anti-West and anti-Israel videogames.

Arma 3 is slated to come out in early 2013, exclusively for the PC.

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Well there goes 12 sales. Anyone else getting sick of hearing about these 3ed world countries getting upset, rioting, banning and killing people over trivial matters like free speech and video games. If it were up to these clowns nothing that wasn't kissing their butts or praising Mohammad would be banned.

I have no idea why we even care what these tools say or do anymore, they can't take the slightest amount of criticism and they don't want to change. The number of thing that have been unfairly portrayed in video games, probably vastly out weighs the number of thing accurately portrayed in video games. It's not a documentary for crying out loud and when you cry like this over little thing nobody is going to listen to you when you start crying over big things.

I hate to see the reaction when Kratos runs out of Greek Gods and starts going after Mohammad and Jesus.

is the "national foundation of computer games" a real thing?

Yer damn right the Iranian military is being improperly portrayed: No way they could ever beat Turkey!

Orange12345:
is the "national foundation of computer games" a real thing?

It's called Iran's national foundation of computer games.

DVS BSTrD:
Yer damn right the Iranian military is being improperly portrayed: No way they could ever beat Turkey!

To be fair, Iran isn't being fairly depicted in this game.

Am I the only one who thinks this constant use of countries like Russia or Iran as evil invaders is getting a little annoying?

People can't argue that Iran is evil for making anti-Israel games at the same time games like this are being released.

In other news, water is wet. The Sun is hot and many other obvious things. This is just par for the course really.

I did not notice it before but why is Iceland (where I live) claimed to be under "Russian influence"? Did the social democrats get elected or something?

I should be insulted that Turkey got invaded by Iran... but I'm not. It's a game.
By banning it, you call attention to it. To the uneducated, a government ban may even legitimize it; what are they afraid of?

I doubt a game set in a "fictional alternate reality" where US are portrayed as evil imperialist invaders would get the green light here in America.

Let my people game! T.T

Step 1: Get angry about how you are being portrayed by games made by foreign developers.
Step 2: Attempt to execute a foreign developer for visiting your country.
Step 3: RESPECT!

tehroc:
I doubt a game set in a "fictional alternate reality" where US are portrayed as evil imperialist invaders would get the green light here in America.

Actually, that sounds pretty interesting. Maybe do the whole Spec Ops am I the good guy or the bad guy kind of thing. Could be a great vehicle to talk about the political divides in our country and how it affects us here and abroad...

Finland is apparently under "Russian Influence", which is probably horrible for all of the patriots around here, but we ain't banning shit. Stuff like that just shows the difference between free and just shitty countries.

I must say, being against games that "portray" iran as bad guys, buta t the same time support anti-west and anti-israli is a good way to understand why 80% of the civilized world isn't very fond of iran.

isn't this probably a bit like banning MacDonalds in Ethiopia or something ?

they have sanctions up the wazooo; do people really think any substantial number of Iranians are going to have gaming rigs capable of running Arma 3 ?

i mean this is the next Crysis in terms of "holy shit, my graphics card just packed up and left!" y'know...

Jhooud:

tehroc:
I doubt a game set in a "fictional alternate reality" where US are portrayed as evil imperialist invaders would get the green light here in America.

Actually, that sounds pretty interesting. Maybe do the whole Spec Ops am I the good guy or the bad guy kind of thing. Could be a great vehicle to talk about the political divides in our country and how it affects us here and abroad...

I'd play that game. The problem is, you'd have the same trouble that other games (like the Modern Warfare series and Spec Ops) have encountered: It's easy to make a villain representing the worst aspects of your culture, while it's very, very, hard to make an insightful commentary into your own society that is critical without falling into an ideological trap, while still making a game that is fun to play. For example, Spec Ops was very well written, but I don't know anyone who would say it was fun; mostly, people endured the lackluster gameplay for the story.

tehroc:
I doubt a game set in a "fictional alternate reality" where US are portrayed as evil imperialist invaders would get the green light here in America.

COD MW2. Black Ops 2. We're the bad guys in those 2 games at least.

Hardcore_gamer:
People can't argue that Iran is evil for making anti-Israel games at the same time games like this are being released.

I think people argue that Iran is evil because it's an odious, fanatical theocracy.

As an Israeli, I now feel like I have to buy this game.
As a gamer, I'm not very fond of realistic military shooters.

Why couldn't they have made a Sci-Fi shooter with RPG elements that represents Iran as it does?

Andy Chalk:

Hardcore_gamer:
People can't argue that Iran is evil for making anti-Israel games at the same time games like this are being released.

I think people argue that Iran is evil because it's an odious, fanatical theocracy.

That is not what I meant.

When a game gets released that depicts some country like Iran, Russia or China as a horribly evil invader then nobody has any problems with it, but when they release a game that depicts the west as evil then all of the sudden lots of people flip.

I think Extra Credits did an episode on this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/propaganda-games

Hardcore_gamer:
I did not notice it before but why is Iceland (where I live) claimed to be under "Russian influence"? Did the social democrats get elected or something?

From the official website.

"Blighted by the long tail of a deep-rooted economic crisis and sliding toward the threshold of war, beleaguered NATO member-states stand weakened against an ambitious, resurgent Iran.

Flooded with profits from the rich export markets of a resource-thirsty SE-Asia and the rising price of oil, bolstered by strong ties with China and strategic entente with Russia, Iran sought to expand its influence.

Deployed under the auspices of a swift humanitarian response, Turkey - decimated by a series of devastating and unprecedented natural disasters - fell within months to ruthless Iranian Armed Forces. Iran's aggressive expansion - spilling over into Greek sovereign territory - was brought to a halt in Rhodope Prefecture with the ratification of the Jerusalem Peace Accord of 2034, which crystallised a new strategic front along the shorelines of the Aegean Sea.

With the US locked into its own proxy-wars against aggressive Chinese expansionism in the Pacific, with each year more member-states leaving NATO on the promise of Russian oil, the fragmented alliance faces the growing risk of a global conflict that they can ill-afford."

Basically the world is aproaching world war 3.

Vkmies:
Finland is apparently under "Russian Influence", which is probably horrible for all of the patriots around here, but we ain't banning shit. Stuff like that just shows the difference between free and just shitty countries.

That was the first thing I checked when I saw that map. I, for one, welcome our new russian overlords.

Hardcore_gamer:

Andy Chalk:

Hardcore_gamer:
People can't argue that Iran is evil for making anti-Israel games at the same time games like this are being released.

I think people argue that Iran is evil because it's an odious, fanatical theocracy.

That is not what I meant.

When a game gets released that depicts some country like Iran, Russia or China as a horribly evil invader then nobody has any problems with it, but when they release a game that depicts the west as evil then all of the sudden lots of people flip.

I think Extra Credits did an episode on this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/propaganda-games

for the record i have never gotten upset when the wast was portrayed badly. nor have i read any major outcries anywhere and would think living in the US i would catch wind of it.

also like to point out that the west in general has nicer toys to play with than most other places, being stuck with 15 different ak47 variants would not be a very satisfying game gun wise :P.

They are upset because the game incorrectly portrays them as closed minded fanatical people, so as a result they...

MAKES SENSE

Andy Chalk:

Hardcore_gamer:
People can't argue that Iran is evil for making anti-Israel games at the same time games like this are being released.

I think people argue that Iran is evil because it's an odious, fanatical theocracy.

I find Israel's government to be just as disgusting; at least Iran's government restricts itself to treating its own people like dirt. But no-one would portray Israel in the same light as Iran is regularly treated, for fear of being branded anti-Semitic. Just sayin'.

tehroc:
I doubt a game set in a "fictional alternate reality" where US are portrayed as evil imperialist invaders would get the green light here in America.

The makers are Czech. Just so you know.

Hardcore_gamer:
That is not what I meant.

When a game gets released that depicts some country like Iran, Russia or China as a horribly evil invader then nobody has any problems with it, but when they release a game that depicts the west as evil then all of the sudden lots of people flip.

I think Extra Credits did an episode on this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/propaganda-games

Eh, I think the people who flip in America are the same people who go ZOMG MASS EFFECT IS A SEX SIMULATOR or THE VIDYA GAEMZ ARE CORRUPTING OUR YOUTHS! In other words, the people the rest of us prefer to pretend don't exist.

I don't think such a vidya game would actually receive the banhammer in the US for the simple reason that as far as I know, nothing gets the banhammer in the US. (The only exception I can think of was the Hot Coffee thing in GTA:SA, and that was a completely overblown case anyways)

I think the reason you don't see any "the US is evil" games in the USA is simply that there isn't exactly a demand for products which attempt to make the viewer hate themselves in any culture.

well to be honest, i too am tired of all those games where you have to fight people with bad russian accent, or "lets fight some arabs in the desert!" type of games. i did however noticed decline in "lets shoot some nazi's!" games.

iirc there was a game, banned in usa which depicted "one of countless arabs" as the good guys fighting us soldiers....
and lets not forget the countless protests against every second fps.....

so yeah, silliness as far as eye can see.
how about you let people protest with their wallets, huh?

Doom972:

Why couldn't they have made a Sci-Fi shooter with RPG elements that represents Iran as it does?

Because the ArmA series was always about being a hardcore simulator and making drastic changes in direction in the third iteration is a bad idea?

Hardcore_gamer:
To be fair, Iran isn't being fairly depicted in this game.

Am I the only one who thinks this constant use of countries like Russia or Iran as evil invaders is getting a little annoying?

People can't argue that Iran is evil for making anti-Israel games at the same time games like this are being released.

I actually agree with this. Why can't we have some countries like 'Merica or the UK or even Australia (where I live) be the bad guys for a change. I understand why some countries get pissed off at little things like this, it's because they're being bullied by other countries constantly.

neonit:
well to be honest, i too am tired of all those games where you have to fight people with bad russian accent, or "lets fight some arabs in the desert!" type of games. i did however noticed decline in "lets shoot some nazi's!" games.

iirc there was a game, banned in usa which depicted "one of countless arabs" as the good guys fighting us soldiers....
and lets not forget the countless protests against every second fps.....

so yeah, silliness as far as eye can see.
how about you let people protest with their wallets, huh?

No, for a game to be banned in the US, it would have to violate pornography laws. I think the game you are talking about was the one which allowed the player to play as the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Fox News had a shit fit and that feature was removed or they cancelled the game.

Iran is angry at something this week? I wasn't shocked the last few hundred times I heard this. I'm not going to be shocked now.

Raiyan 1.0:

Doom972:

Why couldn't they have made a Sci-Fi shooter with RPG elements that represents Iran as it does?

Because the ArmA series was always about being a hardcore simulator and making drastic changes in direction in the third iteration is a bad idea?

That part was a joke. I know that while it's not for me, many people like these games and I have no intention of depriving them of that. Arma should do what it can do best.

I don't think anyone other than Iran cares about what Iran thinks.

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