Iran Blocks World of Warcraft; Guild Wars 2 Next?
Battle.net is currently blocked in Iran for some players of Blizzard Entertainment games.
The issue came to light after a number World of Warcraft players reported being unable to log into the service from Iranian IP addresses. Siavash A., a freelance journalist residing in Tehran, posted a photo of a government pamphlet detailing offensive content in WoW (pictured above), which translates to:
- Promotion of superstition and mythology.
- Promotion of violence due to too much violence.
- Abolishing the deformation in sin.
- Demonstration of inappropriate clothing and slutty outfits for female avatars.
Siavash explained that the list is part of a catalog provided to media during a conference held on August 14th for the founding of the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community. The document was intended to provide “examples of the means [in] which western propaganda is used to poison the mind of [the] youth population in Iran,” said Siavash, who attended the conference.
Other problematic games that made the list in the pamphlet include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed, Second Life, and Guild Wars.
via The Verge