Iran bans US video game showing Tehran invasion

The Iranian authorities have officially banned a video game because it includes a scene in which a US aircraft launches an assault on Tehran.

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2011, 13:21 PM IST

Tehran: The Iranian authorities have officially banned a video game because it includes a scene in which a US aircraft launches an assault on Tehran.

Battlefield 3, which was made by the American technology company, Electronic Arts, was released at the end of last month and received rave reviews around the world.

It has been seen by the video games community as a strong contender to replicate the success of the highly successful rival Call of Duty video game.

According to the Telegraph, the intelligence division of the Iranian police released a statement saying “all computer stores are prohibited from selling this ‘illegal’ game.”

However, according to reports, the game was never officially available in Iran in the first place.

There are no official EA resellers set up in the country, which means that all copies which have found there way into Iran in the first place, were pirated.

Meanwhile, a group of Iranian students have taken to the Internet to express their annoyance with the game.

“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,” the group, that has over 5,000 signatures backing their views, said.

ANI