Update: L.A. Noire not banned in UAE

By on May 21, 2011

Game still under approval at NMC.

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Update 2: An official update from Tristan Irons, Marketing & PR Manager, Red Distribution (distrubtors for Rockstar Games in the UAE): With respect to the recent information spreading through the digital forums and websites concerning L.A. Noire being BANNED in the UAE; I would like to clarify: this information is FALSE. We at Red Entertainment work directly with the NMC in the UAE and they will stipulate whether a title can be allowed to be distributed for sale in UAE.

Update: False alarm, news from Geekay Games is inaccurate, and the word is that the game is still under approval at NMC. We will update you with the official word from NMC as soon as we get it.

Original story:
After a week long trial at the NMC offices, news has come that L.A. Noire, Rockstar’s latest crime thriller, has been, unsurprisingly, banned in the region, according to local retailer Geekay Games.

Geekay Games updated their Facebook page with the dreaded news:

“Unfortunate news, L.A. Noire has been banned. Sorry guys.”

As usual, NMC has not issued an official statement as to why the game was banned, but we can safely assume that some parts of the “Blood and Gore, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Violence” were to be blamed.

L.A. Noire joins Dragon Age 2 in this year’s banned games list. There is more to come as well; word on The Witcher 2 is mum, and next month’s release, Duke Nukem Forever, is expected to meet the same fate as well. And shockingly, this time around, even Duke can’t do much about that.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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  • MrBenevolent

    Honestly, who cares. These bans are toothless and meaningless. Anyone can purchase whatever games and movies they like, either via direct digital download (for PC games, movies etc) locally through one of the many grey-importers across the UAE, or shipped via mail from Amazon or wherever else.

    All it does it show up the bizarre double standards that are applied to games, when movies with sexual and violent content are freely sold in the UAE.

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