Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption won’t be up offered for sale in the United Arab Emirates, at least according to chatter on a forum dedicated to visitors of the MEGamers website.
In response to a post asking if the title would be available in the UAE, user GetUpYaSook offered that a “Retailer at Dubai Mall told me last night that Red Dead has indeed been banned.” None of the users seemed to worry much about the game being banned, indicating, in as many words, that such bans are not all-encompassing and there is always a way to acquire a game.
MEGamers (Via MCVUK) did ask local distributor Red Entertainment about the ban and received a “no comment.”
While it can only be speculated what caused the apparent ban, a True/Slant piece on Red Dead Redemption does focus on a particularly gruesome aspect of the game—users can hogtie a nun and dump her body in front of an oncoming train in order to reap an achievement labeled “Dastardly.”
The unlock does not force users to select a nun as their victim; any character will suffice. Still, the author admitted being, “…a little surprised they still give a score bonus after mercilessly killing a woman of the cloth.”
Video of the unlock in question taking place can be viewed on LiveLeak. As True/Slant notes, “To my knowledge, there’s no actual mission to murder nuns—this is just a few twisted dudes inventing their own fun.