Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)It might be the best-selling video game in the world, but Call of Duty: Black Ops II isn’t finding many allies in Pakistan.
FOX News reports that Activision’s billion-dollar behemoth has been pulled from store shelves in the war-torn country. EA’s critically-maligned Medal of Honor: Warfighter has been banned as well.
The boycott came after organized shop owners complained about the way Pakistan was portrayed in the two war games. The All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) sent out a notice to store owners across the country:
“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.”
Both games features scenes set in Pakistan and paint the country as a hotbed of terrorist activity. That doesn’t sit well with APCDACTM president Saleem Memon, who says “they show the country in a very poor light.”
While Black Ops II is the bigger seller, Medal of Honor: Warfighter is perhaps the more controversial of the two due to its entanglement with SEAL Team 6, the famous squad responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden. Seven members of that team were reprimanded for potentially leaking classified secrets while acting as consultants during the game's development.
According to Moeen Ali, the owner of Islamabad’s biggest game store, both titles are “hot sellers.” Ali told FOX News that over 5,000 copies of Black Ops II have been sold in the country and that his store alone sold over 1,000 copies of Medal of Honor.