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    WoW cut off in Iran by US government trade sanction. User data gone, no refunds.

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    "US trade sanctions have led game maker Blizzard to cut off access to World of Warcraft (Wow) in Iran.
    Blizzard posted a statement to its player-forum site after hundreds of Iranian players said they had lost access to the game.
    Access was lost recently, it said, because it had "tightened up its procedures" to comply with sanctions.
    This also meant, said Blizzard, that it could not give refunds to players or transfer their accounts."


    Students in the streets soon?
    Clever CIA?

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    Part 2,

    After a few days Blizzard says ""We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows," it added."

    "Our team has been watching this thread closely, and we understand the desire for more information about this situation. Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens.

    What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions.

    This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to Blizzard games and services. This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows."

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    "A user on the MMO-Champion forums mentioned his inability to access World of Warcraft, and posted a photo of a government pamphlet detailing offensive content in the game (seen above). We contacted the user, who identified himself as Siavash A., a freelance journalist residing in Tehran. Here's his rough translation of the Persian text:

    Promotion of superstition and mythology
    Promotion of violence due to too much violence (I'm not exaggerating this is exactly what they wrote).
    Abolishing the deformation in sin.
    Demonstration of inappropriate clothing and slutty outfits for female avatars.

    Siavash explained that the list is part of a catalog provided to media during a conference held on Thursday, August 14th, for the founding of the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community. The brochure came from a branch of the Iranian government's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance."


    Apparently nothing was mentioned of the US origin of the issue.

    http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/...craft-diablo-3

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    Aww, and just before Mists of Pandaria launches. No refunds either, these guys never get a break.

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    Iran is obviously run by the Alliance.
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    I didn't even know that was possible.

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    Well considering how Iran's Copyright/IP laws work I'll be honest and say it's not surprising

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Un...ight_relations

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    pretty clever if you ask me, great way to get angry students on the streets of Tehran
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    Of all the things that suck about living in Iran, this must be pretty far down the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community
    I can hardly wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Of all the things that suck about living in Iran, this must be pretty far down the list.
    Iran does look awful, but imagine how pissed youd be if the one thing you liked, questing as Noralundra warrior queen of the Zorthons was abruptly destroyed forever. Youd be pi-issed!
    And not just you, all your comrades.
    Id either go on a long arduous quest to take on the great satan, or perhaps join a massed attack on defensive positions in Akbar square with a sword and all my clan brothers that arnt too fat to run.

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    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/0...by-us-embargo/

    "According to the post, disappointed fans of games like Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2 are not even due a refund—bad news for those who have ordered the upcoming Mists of Pandaria. Blizzard's PR director Rob Hilburger's comments that the Iranian market is just "a tiny fraction" of its ten million strong worldwide network will presumably do little to calm fans who have been playing for more than a decade, now left with nothing more that a mild dig at the politics behind the decision: "We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows."

    Tellingly, the post also made mention of suspicions that Iran was planning on blocking access to the Battle.net games portal anyway, saying, "Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens.""

    So... they blocked WoW because of US trade restrictions, but the Iranians we going to anyway... eh?

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    I'm surprised that there are actually WoW players in Iran.
    I mean, Ahmadinejad absolutely denied there were any
    homosexuals in his country.

    *runs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Of all the things that suck about living in Iran, this must be pretty far down the list.
    Depends on your viewpoint I guess. Even my sisters who are born and bred Americans find Iranians while blunt have less worse attitudes than over here in the US with constant bullying and other behavior. Though they go there for visits if longer wonder if they would have a jaded attitude.

    I guess you could say it's like this

    An Iranian has no problem being straight forward and saying "oh you're fat" once that's out of the way you go on and still have fun in their districts.

    Over here in the US, you might not be told to your face your fat, or may be (depends on the bully), but then persist in bugging you, giving you a hard time, bully you, beat you up and post it on youtube.

    That isn't to say Iran isn't full of problems but considering the population are still quite a bit under their thirties in age (due to the previous war with Iraq) - push the fanatics and bizarre government out of order and...they're kinda closer to a more European mindset.

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    I think iran looks like a cool place, vast, ancient, interesting, Tehran at least has a good youth culture even if the countryside is more conservative. i just wish the government would chill and the US would leave them alone, soi could actually go there on holiday, but itll never happen in a million years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    That isn't to say Iran isn't full of problems but considering the population are still quite a bit under their thirties in age (due to the previous war with Iraq) - push the fanatics and bizarre government out of order and...they're kinda closer to a more European mindset.
    That was kind of my point, actually.

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    Yeah and given the recent earthquakes yeah...

    Building codes suck over there lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    That isn't to say Iran isn't full of problems but considering the population are still quite a bit under their thirties in age (due to the previous war with Iraq) - push the fanatics and bizarre government out of order and...they're kinda closer to a more European mindset.
    i read that an important factor in whether a revolution will result in a freer, more democratic society, or slide into further decades of oppressive regimes is the average age.
    over 30, as in Tunisia, a stable trend toward deomcritisation and personal freedom is probable. Egypt or Libya, (I forget which), at 25 or so, is potentially more problematic. Yemen at under 20 is more likely to continue to struggle under more of the same.
    I think it was new scientist, google will find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    That was kind of my point, actually.
    Sorry, it wasn't that I was trying to start some major argument. It was just a perspective thing when you live it daily (its citizens going about their daily lives).

    Kinda like how I should be planning for rape and start up an "emergency rape kit" since politicians say so

    Though not sure which emergency number I should call if the rape is legitimate or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post

    Kinda like how I should be planning for rape and start up an "emergency rape kit" since politicians say so
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