Iran Bans ‘Battlefield 3,’ EA Misses Point Completely

Senior Contributor
11.29.11

Let’s all take a moment to be absolutely shocked that the Iranian government would find the idea of a video game where Americans invade their country to kill a terrorist with nukes insulting. They also probably found it insulting that the nukes were Russian, just because they, like, may have a nuclear weapons program someday, but totally not now or anything.

So, with the usual fiction of repressive regimes, 5000 “youths” filed a petition that “Battlefield 3” was making Iran look bad and was totally part of a U.S. plot to make Iran look bad, because having a major figurehead running around denying the Holocaust is doing wonders for their image.

So, the game was banned and the street vendors selling it are getting the usual arrest without cause and beatings. And what, pray tell, was EA’s response to this repression of freedom of speech and victimizing of their retailers?

“In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies reaching consumers there.”

Yeah. That’s…great, guys.

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