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.


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  • Lol

    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Punisheruae-Gtr/100001528245464 Punisheruae Gtr

    i  just bought it in few days ago

  • Segse

     well what can I say the UAE does implement its moral standards in the law

  • Apollyon

    This is absurd, L.A Noire is no more different in it’s themes than most crim thriller films.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mufaa Mufaddal Fakhruddin

      Games are interactive, that’s why they doll out bans to it than films with similar content. 

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  • Macism

     You guy’s need to get your information right. Not point posting something that some retailer put’s up on his facebook page. If you want to be respected as an information website for gamers in the middle East then yoou need to make sure you clarify stuff as important as this before you publish it on your site.

    It is quite possible that a grey/parallel importer like GK posted the message to drive demand for his parallel imported product and you have just helped him.

    Not sure that the official distributor is goign to be thrilled.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mufaa Mufaddal Fakhruddin

      Geekay Games is not a grey market importer. They are pretty much legit and do not carry games that have been banned in the region.

      We can safely rely on news from GK. They are an official retailer and they get word from eitherthe  official distributor or from NMC themselves. Why would an official retailer spread wrong information and harm potential sales?

      • Macism

        Thank you for prompt response. I assume you have double checked the information you posted with the relevent sources. My bad for doubting your authenticity.I guess I will have to buy one on my next trip to the UK.

      • Curiousdan

         Are you sure about your coments about GK above? read teh below post on his facebook page from one of his customers.Rami Yousef I don’t get it geekay always sold games which banned. This publicity stunt is ridiculous, I got my copy of gta4 from your store and there was no problem charging the extra 50aed for it. Why now the sudden change of protocol??? 2 hours ago

    • Curiousdan

       Are you sure about your coments about GK above? read teh below post on his facebook page from one of his customers.

      Rami Yousef I don’t get it geekay always sold games which banned. This publicity stunt is ridiculous, I got my copy of gta4 from your store and there was no problem charging the extra 50aed for it. Why now the sudden change of protocol??? 2 hours ago

  • Curiousdan

    great ! now who do i believe ? and where can i get this game TODAY ? hit me up peeps…. 

  • NOOOO L.A. NOIRE !!!!!

     NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!1

  • Mushishi

    I’ll save you guys the hassle an tell you, the game sucks. It’s short and there’s not much to do after completing the story. Its more or less a forgettable single player experience. Trust me, Its not worth the money.

    • Army

      guys who got this game in virgin or carrefour is it censored in dubai >??

  • YaSs3r37

    THE GAME IS AMAZING!

    • Army

      guys who got this game in virgin or carrefour is it censored in dubai >??


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