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Dear Developers,

 

I would like to write on behalf of the players from the United Arab Emirates.

 

Our telecommunications companies Etisalat and Du are very strict on VOIP without licenses. They will block your VOIP in this region before the release date. Can you please get a certification from them so the region here are able to communicate whilst in game to make this game more pleasurable. As you know the communication within game plays a huge role in order to complete the escape.

 

I would be very sadden to have purchased the game when it is released and unable to communicate with others for this reason. For anyone else that reads this, they have recently banned the widely popular discord app here after 2 years of running. If i am allowed to link the page here it is - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/technology/uae-gamers-voice-anger-as-discord-chat-app-blocked-by-etisalat (This is one of the local newspapers here).

 

Ever since i watched Sodapoppin play this game i fell in love with this and i have checked frequently for an update on the release date.

 

Please don't let us down on this.

 

Best regards

 

Alastair Cameron

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Dear Developers,

 

I would like to write on behalf of the players from the United Arab Emirates.

 

Our telecommunications companies Etisalat and Du are very strict on VOIP without licenses. They will block your VOIP in this region before the release date. Can you please get a certification from them so the region here are able to communicate whilst in game to make this game more pleasurable. As you know the communication within game plays a huge role in order to complete the escape.

 

I would be very sadden to have purchased the game when it is released and unable to communicate with others for this reason. For anyone else that reads this, they have recently banned the widely popular discord app here after 2 years of running. If i am allowed to link the page here it is - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/technology/uae-gamers-voice-anger-as-discord-chat-app-blocked-by-etisalat (This is one of the local newspapers here).

 

Ever since i watched Sodapoppin play this game i fell in love with this and i have checked frequently for an update on the release date.

 

Please don't let us down on this.

 

Best regards

 

Alastair Cameron

 

Discord is designed as a VOIP communication tool though...

 

Trying to use F13 as a VOIP tool would make it semi-useless. I mean first you have to find the walkie talkies, or find the other character. Meanwhile Jason is trying to kill you, and having a conversation would be a bit problematic then.

 

I suppose you could set up a private match and just have people who want to talk all hang out in a cabin, but then your "call" would be killed when the match ended, etc. Or you could all sit in lobby, but you could never really "call" people -- everyone would have to hang out in the game.

 

Would the UAE government really crack down on that?

 

Edit: Honestly I think it's 1000x more likely that the UAE would ban the game for the fact that there are girls running around in super skimpy outfits getting murdered in semi-sexually-suggestive ways. They might have to ban Tiffany. Later Jasons are explicitly supernatural forces. Also there is Christian imagery in the graveyard.

 

Edit 2: Official statement: Although the constitution of the United Arab Emirates guarantees freedom of expression, the government dilutes the power of media persons. Every single piece of media that is imported into the UAE requires receiving clearance from the country's media regulation agency, the National Media Council. The council heavily censors anything they find inconsistent with religious, cultural, political, and moral values of the country. The main topics that are focused on are pornography, material deemed insulting to Islam, and criticism of the country's rulers. Other things include personal opinions violating public discipline and order, or involve offense to teenagers and/or a call for the circulation of rebellious ideas. Moreover, any material instigating criminal activity, arousing hatred or provoking action of opposition among individuals of the society is also prohibited.

 

"Offense to teenagers" would be an issue. Tiffany would be an issue. Religious symbolism is questionable (promoting religions other than Islam).

 

Also I read that profanity -- even in English -- is an issue in the UAE. I saw a funny anecdote about the word "motherfucker" being censored to "melon farmer".

 

Violence on the other hand appears to be 100% OK in media in the UAE. Rather like the United States in a way.

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Xbox and PlayStation have their own systems, whereas PC will be built in. 

 

However, we do not anticipate it being an issue. If it is, we'll come to that when we have too. 

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Xbox and PlayStation have their own systems, whereas PC will be built in. 

 

However, we do not anticipate it being an issue. If it is, we'll come to that when we have too. 

 

How soon will we find out how console VOIP will work? I hope there's not too many changes to environmental VOIP to meet certification. =(  (Not meant to derail UAE question, although if there's a difference in UAE it can be folded in.)

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