Battlefield 3 to start revolution in Iran?
Betya didn't expect that!
The security and intelligence division of Iran's police said in a statement carried by the Asr-e Ertebat weekly that:
"All computer stores are prohibited from selling this illegal game(Battlefield 3),"
I’m guessing it’s because part of the game is set in Tehran? By the looks of it most computer stores in Iran declined stock in the first place, the smart ones anyway. This means that EA has no official resellers in the country and black market (pirate copies) are the only viable option. Way to go Iran, excellent lesson on how to increase piracy.
As with most of the middle east, it’s the youth who seem to speak the most truth and are acting upon it, with an online petition. Could a revolution in Iran start over a video game? Or could this petition form a community that allows the citizens of Iran to re-analyze their current situation. The online group said:
"We understand that the story of a videogame is hypothetical ... (but) we believe the game is purposely released >at a time when the US is pushing the international community into fearing Iran,"
Well that explains why the government probably banned Battlefield 3. An interesting situation, however this isn't a country like Libya or Bahrain, Iran is known for it's increasing effort in security with other middle eastern nations often being fearful of the development programmes. So will we see a revolt? Probably not but if we do, what an epic way to start. Kudos to you youth of Iran.
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