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Old 30th Aug 2012, 08:54   #1
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World Of Warcraft ban in Iran

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Old 30th Aug 2012, 09:42   #2
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This is exactly why pearl harbour happened - unfair trade sanctions.
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Old 30th Aug 2012, 09:55   #3
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"Due to the nature of the sanctions against the country, the company is also prevented from issuing refunds to the affected players."

well this has stopped me renewing,that's bull poop! they should do something for the people affected.
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The terms of use documentation for World of Warcraft also states that Blizzard's titles can not be downloaded by residents of Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea or Syria.
I thought Iraq and Lybia were our friends now? Blizzard not keeping up with current events?

I also think it is epically stupid and counterproductive. If you want to undermine a country's government, you have to undermine its culture, preferably by introducing your own. MMORPGs are one way of introducing Western cultural values to a young Iranian population.

In the same way, introducing the US Dollar and business opportunity to Cuba would wipe out Communism there in one generation.
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The United States has a long history of unfair trade sanctions. We should not be surprised here.
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The United States (government) has a long history of unfair trade sanctions stupidity. We should not be surprised here.
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Although, tbh, the UK government isn't too far behind on the stupidity stakes...

What I don't get is that I thought that the US has had trade sanctions against Iran for a long time, so why is it just now that Blizzard are complying?
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What I don't get is that I thought that the US has had trade sanctions against Iran for a long time, so why is it just now that Blizzard are complying?
That's the important thing here I think, it shows (to me) that Blizzard aren't sorry, since they knew about the sanctions, but waited until after they'd sold their new expansion pack or whatever to comply, and then, quite nicely for them suddenly they can't give refunds, but that's not their fault, it's the government.....

Poor show on their part.
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That's the important thing here I think, it shows (to me) that Blizzard aren't sorry, since they knew about the sanctions, but waited until after they'd sold their new expansion pack or whatever to comply, and then, quite nicely for them suddenly they can't give refunds, but that's not their fault, it's the government.....

Poor show on their part.
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actually iranian players can get around it by using a proxy
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"Due to the nature of the sanctions against the country, the company is also prevented from issuing refunds to the affected players."

well this has stopped me renewing,that's bull poop! they should do something for the people affected.
You think Blizzard wants to ban countries like this? That's a loss of income on their part. Besides, what if they did put an effort with the other countries but were denied? I'm sure they don't want to waste any more time on this.

Anyways, there could have been a worse reason for banning Iranians. It could have been solely because of something religious or political (in a "I don't trust them because they're Islamists" sense), so let's be thankful those weren't what drove this decision.
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Lol they flocked to the forum to scream, "vee vill not tolerate zees restliction from u feelthy amelican infidels! Geev us back our Warclaft or face ze nuclear wrath of allaahh durka durka durka durka durka !"
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Lol they flocked to the forum to scream, "vee vill not tolerate zees restliction from u feelthy american infidels! Geev us back our Warclaft or face the wrath of allaahh durka durka durka durka durka !"
Hmm, I didn't know the national languages of Iran was German and French.
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Yeah it's a new language called lacka lacka. It's a much more modern country now too, they are thinking of changing the name to iRan.
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I also think it is epically stupid and counterproductive. If you want to undermine a country's government, you have to undermine its culture, preferably by introducing your own. MMORPGs are one way of introducing Western cultural values to a young Iranian population.
It's a humanitarian effort, we're keeping their youth free from MMOs so that they may become productive and healthy members of society.
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Lol they flocked to the forum to scream, "vee vill not tolerate zees restliction from u feelthy amelican infidels! Geev us back our Warclaft or face ze nuclear wrath of allaahh durka durka durka durka durka !"
Dude that's seriously not cool. America is the worlds enemy not a peaceful but misguided nation like Iran.
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Lol they flocked to the forum to scream, "vee vill not tolerate zees restliction from u feelthy amelican infidels! Geev us back our Warclaft or face ze nuclear wrath of allaahh durka durka durka durka durka !"
Dude that's seriously not cool. America is the worlds enemy not a peaceful but misguided nation like Iran.
Isn't that cute, he almost sounds like he knows what he's talking about!
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I see no problem with this, in fact i would support a wholesale block of all the subnets registered to iranian ISPs (or a complete disconnection of the country entirely).

If the citizens of Iran are in agreement with all of the utter crap spouted by their president, then they obviously have no need of accessing american webservices.
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