December 2, 2013

Western Games Being 'Culturalized' for Arabs

Colin Campbell, Polygon

The Associated Press

They do things differently in Saudi Arabia, in Abu Dhabi and in Egypt. In the countries of the Middle East, where Arabic is spoken and where, to a greater or lesser extent, religious mores shape much of daily life, different rules apply. For video game companies, the region has traditionally been an afterthought, an add-on to its European efforts. English-language versions of games are shipped into Arabic countries or, if they contravene local beliefs to do with alcohol, sexual behavior or simulated violence, they are not. There is no need for a ratings agency like the ESRB because local distributors know perfectly well which games will provoke concern, and which games will not. They self-regulate.

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