Copies of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift are being pulled off of store shelves in the United Arab Emirates. The fighting game, developed by Arc System Works and published in the UAE by Zen United, has been officially banned by the Dubai Ministry of Economy’s National Media Council.
Speaking to GamesRadar, a source from Zen United explained that the game is now “banned in the Middle East” and that copies may no longer be sold anywhere in that territory. It seems that National Media Council felt that the fighting game’s characters were too raunchy and that their costumes revealed too much flesh. You can see a selection of the sprites that the National Media Council found particularly offensive below.
Above: Not in my country. Examples of the kind of content that can get a game pulled off of store shelves in the UAE
The muscular thighs, bare backs, and cleavage seems pretty tame to our western eyes. We’d like to see what the National Media Council doesn’t find offensive. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift joins a long list of games banned in the UAE, including Mafia 2, Heavy Rain, and Darksiders.
Feb 2, 2011
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