Saudi bans video game over “sexual” sounds

Female characters in iPhone game “too sexual” for Saudi consumers
 “The female character’s jumping sound effect was considered too sexual and may cause cultural offence." (Image for illustrative purposes only).
By Sara Anabtawi
Tue 27 Mar 2012 04:22 PM

Conservative Gulf kingdom Saudi Arabia has
banned a video game because its female characters sounded “too sexual”,
according to the game’s developer.

In the game, called ‘Shoe Wars’, the user
controlled character is encouraged to collect as many pairs of expensive
designer shoes, while avoiding men by jumping over them.

‘Shoe Wars’ is available to Apple iPhone
users through the company’s online AppStore.

However, authorities in Saudi Arabia have deemed
the jumping sound effect used in the game to be “too sexual”, causing it be
with withdrawn from the AppStore.

 “The
female character’s jumping sound effect was considered too sexual and may cause
cultural offence,” a statement on the developer’s website read.

A modified version of the game will be made
available in April without the questionable sound effect, it added.

Forms of entertainment such as cinema have
been banned in highly conservative Saudi Arabia since the 1970s.

Last month, the kingdom held only its
second public showing of a film in more than three decades.

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