Spec Ops: The Line may face censorship

Spec Ops: The Line. takes place in Dubai after a catastrophic sandstorm.

Mohammed al Mutawa, a video games censor at the United Arab Emirate’s National Media Council explains  “We will have to review the game first before issuing any decision on whether to ban it or allow it”.Juma Obaid Alleem, the director of media content at the NMC, told the newspaper that ‘before a video game is released in the UAE, the NMC assesses whether it conforms with local laws and notifies authorities if it does not.’ From there, we see references to “international matter” and “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and we figure it best to take the ‘wait and see’.

Kasavin is playing up the setting as a “fantastic location from an architectural standpoint” but  to point out that “the game uses the location purely as a location.” He explained  ‘the enemies  in the fictional Dubai would not have any clear religious or political beliefs associated with them’ and that ‘none of the shoot-outs took place in mosques.’

Myriad games having learned there lesson from Resistance and the Church of England to LittleBigPlanet and the Qur’an should have learned by now.