Internet Censorship - US pressure cuts Internet access to the "World of Warcraft" game inside Iran.
- The moronic American government does not understand that the Internet is a subversive force against the insane Islamic regime.
- or, maybe they do know, and the US wants to help keep the Islamists in power so the West has a Middle East whipping boy.
- Pick one.
- Private businesses are being prevented by Big Government from freely selling their Internet services.
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.
The problem for Iranians came to light late last week as hundreds of players in the country posted messages to Blizzard's European Battle.net forums complaining they could no longer access the game reports BBC News.
Many of those posting messages said they could not connect directly to World of Warcraft but could get access when they used a proxy server outside Iran.
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The outpouring of complaints led Blizzard to post a statement explaining what had happened.
The statement said US economic sanctions and trade restrictions meant it could not do business with people living in certain nations. One of which was Iran.
"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," read the statement.
Unfortunately, said Blizzard, the same sanctions meant it could not give refunds to players in Iran or help them move their account elsewhere.
"We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows," it added.
Players of Wow and other games, including Guild Wars, said when they had tried to log in they had been redirected to a page saying the connection had been blocked because the games promoted "superstition and mythology".
Blizzard said it had no information about Iranian government action against online games.
The March to Internet Censorship - The US, China, India and many other nations are jumping on the censorship bandwagon mostly using the lame excuse of "national security". They claim that only the wise Big Brother leaders can protect the people from those dangerous images on the net.
Actually, governments should fear a free Internet. Internet streamed programs like South Park show massive disrespect to and mocks all types of authority. For fans, the South Park World of Warcraft episode was a classic.
[The four World of Warcraft characters walk through the land of Azeroth]
Cartman: I am the mightiest dwarf in all of Azeroth!
Kyle: Wow, look at all these people playing right now.
Cartman: Yeah, it's bullcrap. I'll bet half of these people are Koreans.