Pakistan bans Call of Duty, Medal of Honor games

The video games were banned after game store owners complained they depicted country as supporting terrorism.

 The latest “Call of Duty” and “Medal of Honor” video games have been banned in Pakistan, according to Fox News, due to accusations by the country that the games depict the country as a terrorist-haven.

The two games, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” were banned after store owners complained that they portray Pakistan and its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, as supporting al-Qaida and other jihadi organizations, the report said.

The All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) released a notice to boycott the games, saying, “They show the country in a very poor light.”

“Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” released in November 2012, had the biggest entertainment launch of all time, grossing $500 million in the first 24 hours. Sales for “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” however, have been below expectations.

This isn’t the first time either game series has met with controversy. Recently, seven members of Navy SEAL Team Six, responsible for carrying out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, were disciplined for releasing classified information to Medal of Honor’s game creators.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” released in 2009, was heavily criticized for featuring a level in which the player can participate in the massacre of civilians at a Moscow airport, though the player can choose to skip the level.

“Medal of Honor,” released in 2010, drew outrage from the U.S. military when it was revealed the online mode would allow players to play as the Taliban. It was later changed to “opposing force.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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