Call of Duty and Medal of Honor banned in Pakistan

Craig Lloyd - Jan 23, 2013, 1:19pm CST
Call of Duty and Medal of Honor banned in Pakistan

It looks like Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter will both be selling in one less country now, as Pakistan has officially banned both games from being sold within its borders. The ban went into effect after residents complained about how Pakistan was portrayed in the two games.

After the public outcry, the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) has decided to ban the two games from sale in the country, saying that the games “have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity.” The group also said that the games depict Pakistan and the country’s intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence, as supporting terrorist and jihadist organizations.

Both Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II feature scenes that are set in Pakistan, and they essentially portray the country as a hotbed for terrorist activity. Saleem Memon, president of the APCDACTM, said that “dozens of complaints” prompted the organization to ban the two games from selling, ordered stores to remove them from display shelves.

Memon also said that the games “show the country in a very poor light,” and they’re “an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan.” However, despite the ban, some stores are still selling the games due to impressive sales numbers. Islamabad’s largest game store, for example, still has the two games available for sale, and they ended up selling 5,000 copies of Black Ops II since the ban took effect.

[via FOX News]

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