First-person military shooters Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter have been banned by Pakistan starting today. The bans comes into effect after complaints from retailers that they portray a negative image of Pakistan, mainly as breeding grounds and training camps for terrorists.
A notice was released by the APCDACTM (!) (All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association) to boycott both with immediate effect. The circular, written in Urdu, and translated by Fox News, reads, “The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity. The games (“Medal of Honor: Warfighter” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II”) have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games.”
Headquartered in Karachi, APCDACTM’s president Mr. Saleem Memon, has been receiving numerous complaints about the content of these games in the past, prompting him to act, “The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army. They show the country in a very poor light.”