BlazBlue: Continuum Shift banned in United Arab Emirates

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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  • EnigmaSpirit - February 2, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    But this game is AMAZING!!!
  • Tariqwahab - February 2, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    I live there.. I dunno about this game.. but games like god of war and GTA were all banned.. but i still managed to get them from one shop i've been dealing with for abour 10 years :P
  • 8bitBaby - February 2, 2011 4:42 a.m.

    heh. you typed muscular thighs. ... oh no! 8O
  • quincytheodore - February 2, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    If Noel's back got censored, I wonder what happened to Rumble Roses or DOA
  • Crimmy - February 2, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    I think this censorship balances out Sega Republic right?
  • Heyexclamationpoint - February 2, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    and the lesson is: don't live in the Middle East.
  • FauxFurry - February 2, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    I think that everyone should celebrate National Freedom Day in the USA by playing every game they can which is on the list of games banned in the UAE then maybe eat a flag or something. There's only a few hours left to do so. Set the flags to simmer while you start up the games or just eat the things raw,just like the O.D.B. used to like it.
  • Robusken - February 2, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    ...How come I've never seen that sprite of Bang? Ah well. That sucks though, do movies follow this same rule over there?
  • therawski - February 1, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    CENSORSHIP = BULLSHIT, also gmail noticed that someone in the UAE hacked into my account, so I'm assuming that they hate everyone.
  • Cyberninja - February 1, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    i want to see their reaction to cs 2 their will be platinum the trinity and makoto no more needs to be said if you know what i am talking about.
  • FauxFurry - February 1, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    @Japanaman-Not on your life. Covered faces isn't enough covered bases. I mean that would be a terrible bet to make,especially with someone willing to collect. Real-life fatalities are more likely than Mortal Kombat seeing the light of day in the United Arab Emirates. Now,were they dressed like MK 1 era Sonya Blade with veils...then they'd still show too much of their shapes to be acceptable. @n00b-Almost every other thing in that game looks as if it were designed to incense precisely the kind of people that comprise the National Media Council. It would take powerful magic indeed to get them to overlook it. Is this ban list retroactive? Were would games like Metal Gear Solid 2 fall? Videogame blacklists always stump me more than the toughest puzzle game and the difficulty in finding the lists (were the lists themselves censored?)just leads to aimless speculation. It's just one big brain tease.
  • n00b - February 1, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    so what about bayonetta?
  • oddprophet - February 1, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Not many people could handle Bang's Fu-Rin Kazan attack...
  • ichigoame - February 1, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    lol i bought Calamity trigger the other day,might buy this soon
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - February 1, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    EPIC BANG!!!
  • zonic505 - February 1, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    So wait, is the original game, Calamity Trigger, banned as well, or just CS? & what about CS2?
  • Japanaman - February 1, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    I wonder if MK II's Mileena, Kitana, and Jade wear enough clothes for their tastes.
  • S135 - February 1, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    @StrayGator No. That's Noel Vermillion. Not a trap.
  • StrayGator - February 1, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Is that Bridget in the middle? Wonder whether XBL/PSN/Steam respect these bans. Also, what's the probles with Darksiders? the christian subject matter? You should ban more than half of JRPGs on this basis.
  • Ded - February 1, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    @EnragedTortoise1 Only been out since mid December in Europe and nearby. Sigh at such pointless censorship. Was it on sale before this happened? As in, are there sneaky copies still changing hands on the black market or something? :D

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