Call of Duty and Medal of Honor ban in Pakistan as reported by Foxnews is now official. The war-themed first person shooter (FPS) games have been banned after All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) released a notice to remove both the games from the stores throughout Pakistan. Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfare both portray Pakistan as a terrorist haven. There are number of missions to sabotage terrorist activities and gain information regarding such activities. The games show Pakistan’s elite intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) having ties with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organization.
Before the ban of DVDs could be imposed throughout the country, well over tens of thousands of copies had already been sold. Most of the game lovers actually download the game from the internet for free. Previously Assassin’s Creed was also banned by the Association as it showed ill content against the Muslims.
Being a nation how many things are we going to ban that depict agendas against our own? There are topics in Pakistan that we criticize and ridicule a lot and would not mind if others did them too. But some topics such as the sanctity of our Prophet (PBUH), Army and ISI are considered sensitive. Instead of just blindly banning videos and games in our country, we should be able to retaliate in a proper manner. If it’s the freedom of expression that they call it, then we should make games and videos of our own to counter the cyber-attack. Our developers and graphic artists are quite talented and have the potential to make market capturing games.