Mafia II banned in UAE

Monday, 6 September 2010 14:50 GMT By Johnny Cullen

mafia II


MEGamers is reporting that Mafia II has been in the United Arab Emirates, although no reason was given as to why.

The game is the latest to join the ranks of those refused sale in the country, including Darksiders, Heavy Rain, God of War III and even Dragon Age 2 next year, according to the site.

Sympathies, etc.


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  1. Crysis

    wonder if they got GTA IV though

    #1 5 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    Should what’s banned in the UAE really be considered News?

    You might as well say it’s banned in Myanmar and North Korea too.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    This would have been banned for its nudity i assume, banned for the same reason as HR; Mafia 2 has bewbs in it!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Amir Mirzaee

    So please give me the rights to pirate this…. Because I’m not going to import THIS from another country. (I’ve imported God Of War III and Heavy Rain and I’ll import DA2 too, but not Mafia)
    I wish I could live somewhere else….

    #4 5 years ago
  5. PsychoPCG

    We had the same stupid situation for GTA IV and RDR as well.
    But you don’t really need to “import” them. They all can be found around.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. TraceableX

    If this game gets banned in UAE; this means it will be banned in Saudi Arabia automatically.

    Reason: adult scenes/pics aren’t allowed in Muslim countries. Although it is nothing in many Muslim countries. As PsychoPCG said, you can find those banned games easily but expensive a bit.

    Source: I’m Muslim – from Saudi Arabia.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. A4-F8

    Haha Imagine if libya aswell will banned this game

    #7 5 years ago

    @ TraceableX:

    As salaamu alaikum akhi. Could you please tell me how much a laptop like a Toshiba Qosmio X500 would cost in Saudi? Also, what is the best console for online gaming there? Will I be put in laggy European servers all the time on xbox Live?

    Jazakallahu khair.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. ShiroGamer


    #9 5 years ago
  10. DSB

    @8 Zim zallabim bam bassadussala dim.

    #10 5 years ago

    @10: Keep your racism to yourself.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. onlineatron



    Besides this could all be bullshit, if I believed everything I read on the internet I’d be a Nigerian millionaire by now.

    (boom, boom, tish)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. The Hindle

    How is no 10 racist, im assuming hes said something in Arabian

    #13 5 years ago

    No, it was intentionally gibberish.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. The Hindle

    Ahh i see.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. onlineatron


    So… Arabic then?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DSB

    What the fuck ever :P

    I make fun of the way Swedish people talk too. That hardly means I think they’re an inferior race.

    Although, really, I do. Goddamn berrypickin’ mountain monkeys. With their blonde hair. And indestructible cars. Grrrr, I hate them so much.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DarkElfa

    @2, Damn, you stole my sarcasm. ;)

    @12, HA! That was awesome.

    That said, being that seemingly every Islamic country in the wold is in a race to see who can ban Blackberry first, news like this comes as no surprise.

    My question is this, Do Muslims not like having the right to choose what they see and here for themselves? What gives?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    @18 Based on the comments in this thread so far, it’s pretty obvious that those outdated laws are very easy to get around.

    I’m sure nobody likes it, but what can you really do about it? It’s easier to just circumvent the system.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    Its obvious that most Islamic countries never really moved past the 13th Century, i mean Homosexuality is punishable by death that sums it up really.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    Every Islamic country got past the 13th century. They just went back there in the 50′s and never came back.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. DSB

    I blame Marty McFly.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. PsychoPCG

    It’s funny how some of you comment about “EVERY Islamic country” like you’ve lived in all of them and know every little detail.
    It’s not about the country and its people, it’s about the ruling system of the country.
    The way you judge Islamic countries is like considering Americans and their stupid government at the same level.
    and agreed with Michael btw

    #23 5 years ago

    All I want to know is some basic information about buying a laptop and how XBL is in Saudi Arabia…

    Can anyone give me an answer without feeling the irresistable urge to attack entire nations of people?

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Michael O’Connor

    @23 Thank you.

    It’s not the people that are outdated. It’s the ruling government.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. DSB

    @25 That’s true and false.

    My family lived in Saudi Arabia for 4 years, and some things were arguably very primitive. Like not being allowed to point a camera at villagers because they thought it would take their souls. Or families tying an iron ball around the leg of their mentally handicapped son, so he wouldn’t stray very far from the village.

    There are even places in Turkey where they paint all doors and windows blue to ward off curses. I’ve seen it myself.

    The real story, at least the one I got, is that you can get along with all those people as long as you look beyond those differences. Most people generally want to move ahead and make things better.

    This is a horribly lame conversation to have on a site like this though.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Amir Mirzaee


    #27 5 years ago
  28. Crysis

    From my perspective, the Arabic laws such as the ones in Saudi Arabia are dead wrong, being sexist & racist, humans are all equal & law should not dictate otherwise & many punishments are barbaric & don’t fit the crime, not attempting to offend anyone, but these are just my views, then again i do not know much about this situation in these Arabic countries, but from what i’ve heard they’re being run by ignorant politics, who care only for themselves.
    Without proper & fair leadership, terrorist groups will continue to expand

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Michael O’Connor

    @26 There’s always going to be exceptions to the rule, and people stuck in the old ways.

    My point is that they’re not the majority, and I think once this generation starts becoming the prominent one, a lot of that stuff will slowly begin to disappear.

    Like you said, most people want to move ahead.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. DSB

    @31 I wasn’t making an argument beyond cooperation being possible in spite of differences. My experience with people from those areas does point to a lot of superstition and fairly primitive thinking.

    I’ve been friends with somalis who seriously believed in witchcraft and pakistanis, who spent hundreds of dollars obsessively calling a soothsaying service in Pakistan, like it was the most sensible thing in the world. That’s arguably a far cry from anyone else I know.

    There’s a big difference between growing up in an enlightened humanist society and an authoritarian theocracy, a feudal warring society or an oppressive dictatorship. That’s just fact.

    On the other hand I’ve spoken to a lot of underground metalheads in Iran through a friend, who all thought pretty much the same way I did.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. PsychoPCG

    @26 This is a ridicules argument.
    These so called “people/villagers” can be found anywhere.
    It has nothing to do with being Islamic or any other religion out there.
    We’re talking about the majority of people, not some people far from any civilized place.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. The Hindle

    There is no arabic laws, its called Shia Law and its not the governments that enforce it, its the Qoran and there are muslims in the United Kingdom, France all over the world that follow this 13th century law.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Amir Mirzaee

    @25 I can’t call what those countries have Government. They’re rapist. People are not outdated, it’s the politicians. People want to living in today’s world, but the government won’t let them.

    @30 Why?

    #33 5 years ago

    @ 30:

    Yes indeed.

    Can Amir Mirzaee be perma banned, please?

    #34 5 years ago
  35. freedoms_stain

    Sharia law, Shia is different.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. PsychoPCG

    @32 The Sharia law is not enforced to those Muslims living outside Islamic countries.
    He can find Mafia 2 in every gaming store in his country and decide if he wants to see the inappropriate content in it or not.
    So that’s kind of different in comparison.

    @33 I’m sensing you’re Iranian.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Amir Mirzaee

    Why Should I be banned? It’s a free world. Do you know what Liberty means?

    #37 5 years ago
  38. The Hindle

    My mistake knew it was something like that.

    #38 5 years ago


    Whatever he is, he should be banned according to Pat’s last words on any racist commenting on the forum.

    #39 5 years ago

    @ 37:

    I know what racism means.

    And being an Arab hating lover of Hitler, you obviously do too.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Amir Mirzaee

    @40 Okay, Okay. But there were no rules in the registration form?

    #41 5 years ago

    So that makes it ok does it!?

    See the third comment here:

    #42 5 years ago
  43. TraceableX

    So this thread is now about bashing Islam…

    @8 G1GAHURTZ:

    Walikum alslam :)
    I have no idea. But in general, laptop prices are high in SA. If you gonna buy one, don’t do it in SA.

    Most people buy a PS3 for online gaming, and the same people buy a 360 for offline gaming (pirated games).
    For online games, you should get region 2, cause that region is for middle-east countries.

    @19: you’re sure…but I like Islamic laws, if people don’t like it they won’t keep it, I guess.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Michael O’Connor

    You do realise if you ignore someone’s post on the internet, they tend to shut up about the thing you’re bothered about, right? Because they have nothing to respond to.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Amir Mirzaee

    @42 Hating Arabs and loving Hitler are racist? (And that’s totally because you’re an Arab yourself. I’m sure if I take out that Arab thing and left loving of Hitler there, then you don’t have anything to say.)
    By the way, I didn’t want to offend you. Sorry for that. I didn’t know that I was offending people.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Patrick Garratt

    Amir Mirzaee – Banned.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. onlineatron


    #47 5 years ago
  48. Michael O’Connor

    That was fast.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. onlineatron


    #49 5 years ago
  50. onlineatron

    Not that they are in anyway superior to majorities.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. onlineatron

    Or inferior for that matter

    #51 5 years ago
  52. DSB

    He got a call on the Patphone.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. PsychoPCG

    chill dude, chill …

    #53 5 years ago

    @ 43: بركالله فيك اخى

    Any Middle Eastern gamers, hit me up! Same username on XBL and PSN.

    #54 5 years ago
  55. guapo

    And the global majority is asian….

    #55 5 years ago

    Great stuff Pat!

    You da man!

    #56 5 years ago
  57. onlineatron

    Ah… fuck…

    Poltical correctness is fucking inane and people are ‘offended’ too easily.

    What the fuck does ‘offended’ really mean nowadays anyway?

    I’m ‘offended’ by xFactor… Do they stop making a mockery of pop music and exploiting talentless hics? NO!

    I can appreciate minority’s oppression (be it gay, black, jewish, arab etc), and can’t tolerate those who exploit those in a malicious way.. .But seriously, some people need to calm the fuck down!

    (I’ll shut up now).

    #57 5 years ago
  58. PsychoPCG

    @GIGAHURTZ moving to SA ?

    #58 5 years ago
  59. onlineatron

    … please don’t ban me. ;)

    #59 5 years ago

    btw, I’m not Arab.

    I’m just planning on moving to Saudi to teach English for a few years…

    #60 5 years ago
  61. TraceableX

    Huh, it is funny to me when you said “I’m sure nobody likes it”.

    I’m sure that Jews like Hitler.

    @Amir Mirzaee: I think you’re one of those brainwased people, “oh looooool, muslims suck, they live with outdated laws”.
    Just grow up a bit and try to respect people.

    @26: what you have said have nothing to do with Islamic laws. You can find ignorant people everywhere, in every nation.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. onlineatron


    What’s involved in that?

    Do you have to have prior teaching experiencing, degrees, etc or is it just a ‘yo, I can speak english, they can’t, let me help’ kinda deal?

    #62 5 years ago
  63. DSB

    Don’t you just love those conversations where a guy comes out of nowhere and is like “Hey, I love Hitler, he’s my idol. Racism is awesome”.

    That’ll just brighten up any sort of topic.

    @61 I wasn’t talking about Islamic laws at all. I wasn’t even judging it. I don’t see how it’s my business how anyone runs their country. I’m just saying those societies work in a profoundly different way.

    #63 5 years ago
  64. ShiroGamer


    #64 5 years ago


    Na’am. Should be this month if all goes well.

    Can’t wait tbh…

    I live in one of the roughest areas of London, and it’d be nice to walk to fajr in the masjid without having to step over pools of blood next to cash machines or having to try and avoid stolen cars involved in police chases!


    #65 5 years ago
  66. ShiroGamer

    also GIGA, I will teach you (SC2) for starting a war :D

    #66 5 years ago
  67. onlineatron

    Ironically, Ed Norton’s AHX performance does brighten up my day :)

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Michael O’Connor

    Good luck with that GIGA.

    #68 5 years ago

    @ 60:

    You usually need a minimum of a degree and a teaching qualification like a CELTA.

    After that, most places look for at least 2 years experience teaching abroad, but it’s possible to find those that don’t if you look hard enough.

    #69 5 years ago
  70. DSB

    @67 I know. I can just watch that shower scene over, and over, and over again.

    #70 5 years ago
  71. PsychoPCG

    @63 These kind of comments need to be totally ignored.

    @65 I got that “Na’am”, but i’m not Arab either :D
    It’s not that bad in your neighborhood, is it ?

    #71 5 years ago
  72. TraceableX

    Hey Giga, I’ll add ya, mine’s TraceableX ;)

    #72 5 years ago

    Thanks Michael.

    The games industry is too boom and bust for me…

    8 years and loads of laughs, but I’m not sad to be leaving it.

    #73 5 years ago
  74. The Hindle

    @ 71 London is pretty much a shithole at the moment, more immigrants then British people.

    #74 5 years ago
  75. PsychoPCG

    @74 I think those missing Brits you’re talking about are here laying on the beach.

    #75 5 years ago

    @66: lol! Cool! I’m Gold league now btw! We gotta do some 2v2 soon…

    @71: It genuinely is. No joke. Gun and knife crime are common around here.

    @72: Cool! At the moment my FL is about 90% European, so I’m gonna need lots more from the Middle East.

    #76 5 years ago
  77. DSB

    I thought the British people were pretty annoying when I was there.

    I got on a bus, and the busdriver was like “Owight?” (Alright?) and I was like “Alright what? What are you getting at?” and he was like “Are yew owight?” (Are you alright?) and I was like “Well yeah, why wouldn’t I be? Am I limping or what?” And the guy was like “It’s a common greetin’ mate” and I was just like “Dude, you guys are retarded”.

    I thought only the Irish were supposed to throw riddles at you for no particular reason.

    #77 5 years ago
  78. Isaaclarke37

    Normally these kind of games get banned in the ME.
    This is something that me as an Egyptian got used to it,lol.

    #78 5 years ago


    lol! That’s a coincidence, because most of us find the Americans to be pretty annoying when they’re over here too…

    Especially the way you guys feel the need to TALK REALLY LOUD JUST SO THAT EVERYONE AROUND KNOWS THAT YOU’RE AMERICAN.


    #79 5 years ago
  80. PsychoPCG

    *moving on from racism to stereotyping*

    #80 5 years ago
  81. Dragon

    Yeah, these games are banned in our country too; But I HAVE ‘Heavy Rain’, ‘God of War III’, even ‘Mafia II’… .

    In the meantime, ‘Mafia II’ is the best game I ever played. Awesome.

    #81 5 years ago
  82. DoubleM

    Just one comment (I think the removed one, what was that? I came here just now.) made eighty more.

    #82 5 years ago
  83. Michael O’Connor

    @77 No, the Irish tend to talk with proper English. Our problem is that most of our accents are so goddamn thick that it’s impossible to understand what we’re saying anyway.

    #83 5 years ago
  84. LOLshock94

    maybe because there is no metion of terrorists because we all no they love terrorists

    #84 5 years ago
  85. reask

    @ DSB
    The Irish do that on purpose. ;)
    Ask an Irishman for directions and you will be baffled and still none the wiser.

    Take a look at this if You want to know how to be totally baffled.

    #85 5 years ago
  86. Crysis

    Let’s all vote for the most annoying, the funniest & the hardest to understand english accents.
    I vote American-most annoying (varies quite alot though)
    I vote Irish-funniest
    I vote Scottish-hardest to understand
    I’m Australian, so i barely notice my own accent

    #86 5 years ago
  87. Michael O’Connor

    @85 I find it hilarious that I understand that entire video perfectly.

    #87 5 years ago
  88. Michael O’Connor

    Australian – most annoying
    Australian – funniest
    Australian – hardest to understand

    #88 5 years ago
  89. Crysis

    you’re just upset cuz i said the irish sound funny :P

    #89 5 years ago
  90. Michael O’Connor

    @89 That and I have a really annoying ex-girlfriend who was Australian.

    Come chat to me on Xbox Live and I’ll show you a funny sounding Irish man!

    #90 5 years ago
  91. NightCrawler1970

    dont deal with mideast, they always bans games that contains naked womens, drugs, booze

    #91 5 years ago
  92. Johnny Cullen

    You wanna hear a Northern Irish voice? That’s a lot more understandable then those in the Republic?

    Go see that Dance Central vid from Cologne I did. I love the fact I can’t be as mocked for my voice then those in the south.

    [waits for comments mocking dancing]

    #92 5 years ago
  93. DSB

    Nuff said.

    @79 Not American actually, just damaged by globalization :P

    #93 5 years ago
  94. onlineatron


    Being suffolk farmer folk, I can understand that video too… the accent is quite similar in a ‘we are the equivalent of hillbillys kinda way’.

    #94 5 years ago
  95. Michael O’Connor

    @92 Bollocks! The northerns are impossible to understand half the time.

    @93 That was goddamn brilliant. And hilariously accurate!

    #95 5 years ago

    Sorry Crysis, but I have to say that I hate the Australian accent. I find it unnecessarily nasal.

    My personal fave is (southern) Georgian English. No idea why, but it’s easy on my ears.

    #96 5 years ago
  97. Kuwabara

    proper australian accent can be sexy, it’s rare. im autralian, but the english here is pretty broken, like the british. only americans pronounce their words correctly. for example, the word propper, americans will pronounce the er at the end, while australians will say propa.

    #97 5 years ago
  98. Robster1979

    “only americans pronounce their words correctly.”

    WTF – The whole of the US pronounce words correctly? New Yorkers? Texans? Nah.

    #98 5 years ago
  99. Crysis

    our accents differ by states aswell tho, Sydney folk will pronounce tomato, tmoayto while us South Aussies will pronounce it tomarto & those from Sydney generally sound like they have a blocked nose, while us South Aussies speak with a generally deeper tone.
    Also, we do often say, G’day, Mate & cheers, but i HATE how the Americans’ make us sound.
    Listen to Hugh Jackman & that’s how we generally speak, though you can feintly hear the blocked nose nasaly sound from him

    #99 5 years ago
  100. stretch215

    Had to make it an even 100 :)

    #100 5 years ago
  101. Crysis

    I’m sorry, we NEEDED 101

    #101 5 years ago
  102. OlderGamer

    Well G1GA best wishes to you. Make sure you drop in once in awhile to let us know how things are going for you.

    Be safe.

    #102 5 years ago
  103. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve just had an email from a guy claiming to be the lawyer of the chap I banned yesterday saying I had no right to do what I did and I’ve dishonoured his ancestors’ name.

    I’ve replied saying I can do what I like and said man is a bigot.

    Just keeping you informed.

    #103 5 years ago
  104. theevilaires

    Wait what happened? Who got banned? I leave for a couple of days and theres like 5 articles close to or over 100 comments :D

    Guess I’ll read the past comments to fill me in.

    #104 5 years ago
  105. Gekidami

    That “You are posting comments to quickly” message is dishonoring my ancestors. You’ll be hearing from my lawyer if you dont fix it Pat! :P

    #105 5 years ago
  106. Blerk

    Is dishonouring a man’s ancestors still a hanging offence?

    #106 5 years ago
  107. G1GAHURTZ

    @ OG: Thanks man. It’s the Internet, innit, so you won’t get rid of me that easily. Hehe…

    @ Pat: LOL! He’s you shouldn’t have even bothered replying, Pat. He probably sends the same email to every place he gets banned from…

    Dishonoured his ancestors!? lol! Maybe he thinks they wanted to leave some comments too…

    #107 5 years ago
  108. cookiejar

    I bet its not banned in Italy, though.

    “Whats the Cosa Nostra? We know nothing of what you speak! Now please take this money and leave us alone!” *runs*

    #108 5 years ago
  109. thefaulkness

    i didnt know that there was a thriving italian american community in the united arab emirates

    #109 5 years ago

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