"Clearly the focus of our sanctions is not on video games." — US Department of the Treasury.
For citizens of Iran, brutal American sanctions could mean the end of the world...
...of Warcraft. The Los Angeles Times reports:
Sanctions by the United States, it seems, have hit World of Warcraft.
Iranian gamers took to the World of Warcraft message board...complaining that they had been shut out of the online game. "Well, as if life of an Iranian couldn't get worse, the Battle.net became completely inaccessible as of today," one World of Warcraft fan wrote in frustration.
Another lamented, "Well we had a good run, Goodbye cruel world..."
The year's salvo of US and international sanctions, aimed at choking off Tehran's controversial nuclear program, have throttled the Iranian economy (see: plummeting oil exports), ravaging major industries like transportation and emergency civilian health care along the way.
The online role-playing game is merely the latest casualty in this drawn-out geopolitical fight....