Battlefield 3 now banned in Iran

Part of the draw for games like Battlefield 3 is the ripped from the headlines drama. We may not be on the precipice of World War III and no terrorist plots as massive as the one in BF3 have been uncovered, but the fear those plots take advantage of is real enough. Now that same real world has intruded on Battlefield 3, as the game has been banned in the country of Iran.

The BF3 prohibition seems to be based on levels in the single player taking place in Tehran, as a big shootout happens in Iran’s capital. If you know anything about Iran you can understand why they’d be unhappy with a level depicting American soldiers shooting people in Tehran, but this hardly matters to EA from a business standpoint. The game was only available in pirated forms anyway, now apparently the government is cracking down on stores selling the bootlegs. Reports say there’s been an online petition against the action, but we’re betting the government won’t be swayed. At least not by 5,000 signatures.

Source: Associated Press


  • FlyinMachine - November 29, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Something's banned in Iran! What else is new!?
  • needles - November 29, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Oh good. MW3 is much better. BF3 is for c0ck suckers.
  • Ravenbom - November 29, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    Technically, wasn't it already banned in Iran? The only difference is that they're cracking down on it now.
  • db1331 - November 29, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    You can still get BF3 in Iran. EA just released it as "The Sims" in that region.
  • needles - November 29, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Why must the poor weak and ignorant fight unjust wars?
  • avantguardian - November 29, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    So i guess this would be somewhat of a success for dice then, right?
  • Redix01 - November 28, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    the funny thing i find is that the OWS protesters want to have a commie/dictatorship gov. over what we have now, if they get there way it seems there would be no freedom to even make a game at all.
  • Kuro - November 28, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    I have to ask.. what punishment does one receive upon being caught with a banned game? A fine? Jail time? Death? Stern talking from an elderly widow?
  • AuthorityFigure - November 28, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    Shariah law (which is what Iran (an Islamic Republic)) probably is pretty harsh. Theft is the removal of a hand, and a second theft is the removal of the opposite foot. So let your imagination fly...
  • SurooshX - November 29, 2011 6:47 a.m.

    Umm... no.
  • UberNoob - November 29, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    The punishment depends on the crime really. Stealing an apple or a small amount of money isn't big, especially if you need it for a good reason (feeding a child, helping the poor, etc.). Unfortunately, some counties tend to go to the extreme and say "This is what we were told, we have to follow it no matter what." There are certain limits to it, but unfortunately, Shariah law is misinterpreted by those who follow it (most of the time).
  • MasterBhater - November 28, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    My friend's Iranian, and keeps up on the news there frequently. One of the Iran news websites was basically saying that Battlefield 3 was "Teaching Americans to come to Iran and kill us. It's a propaganda campaign from the US military". Pretty sad, considering Battlefield 3 was made in Sweden, not the US. I never knew FOX News had gone foreign.
  • ChaosEternal - November 28, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Oh god, save us. If Fox news spreads everywhere, our species might as well commit suicide. We'd die off pretty quickly due to the stupidity regardless.
  • Security77 - November 28, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    All the things the Iranian government has done and this is what people get upset about?
  • UberNoob - November 29, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    I guess people REALLY like BF3...

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