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:

  1. Promotion of superstition and mythology.
  2. Promotion of violence due to too much violence.
  3. Abolishing the deformation in sin.
  4. 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.

According to Terms of Use, Blizzard doesn’t authorize the playing of its games in Iran, and the country has no inherent market for video games — most games in Iran are imported from places such as Dubai.


via The Verge

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2 Comments on Iran Blocks World of Warcraft; Guild Wars 2 Next?

Kyle

On August 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Israel is definitely going to war now

any !!!!

On August 28, 2012 at 1:27 am

hi
i al from iram
thes mothere r Siavash A say any For himself
he is mothere r
we naw cant play wow for thes mothere r
he is big Thief in iran
they are Thief any iran have and say any they need
we love wow – we gave to World of Warcraft Money for play in thes game
bat thes Thief say any for bcz we dont play in games and we go Get addicted bcz we dont do any in iran !!!!!

thes all Problem we have in iran