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Muslim Massacre: The Game of Modern Religious Genocide is a controversial 2008 amateur computer game by Something Awful forum member Eric Vaughn under the screen name "Sigvatr."[1][2] It is a top-down shoot 'em up video game.[3] The aim of the game is to kill all Muslims that appear on the screen. The developer's website is down, however the game can still be downloaded via torrent.

Gameplay

Muslim Massacre's gameplay has been likened to Robotron: 2084 and Berzerk as the game's directional controls are operated separately to the direction of fire, allowing the player to move in one direction and fire in another, making techniques such as circle strafing possible.[4][5] Players control an American hero armed with a pistol who has been parachuted into the Middle East. The player can also pick up special weapons such as a shotgun, a machinegun, hand grenades and a rocket laucher, supplied by an overflying plane. [6] To progress to the game's bosses: Osama Bin Laden, Mohammad and Allah,[3] the player must kill all the Muslims who appear on-screen during each stage, each of which lasts between 60 and 90 seconds.[4] Some Muslims are dressed as civilians while others are depicted as terrorists wearing a suicide vest.[7] [6]

Controversy

The game garnered a couple of days of media attention around September 11, 2008, on the same date as the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

On September 11 Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, stated that "Encouraging children and young people in a game to kill Muslims is unacceptable, tasteless and deeply offensive"[7].

On 13 September a statement was made by Inayat Bunglawala, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain saying, "The makers of this 'game' and the ISPs [Internet service providers] who are hosting it should be quite ashamed of themselves. Anti-Muslim prejudice is already on the increase and needs to be challenged and not reinforced through tasteless and offensive stunts like this."[8]

Also on 13 September the Islamic Council of Queensland president Suliman Sabdia urged Police Minister Judy Spence to shut down the site; subsequently the Queensland Police launched an investigation, since the game's author (although an American citizen) is based in Brisbane.[9]

On 13 September the game's creator took down the game's download site with a statement of apology on his personal website, claiming his original intention in releasing the game, to "mock the foreign policy of the United States and the commonly held belief in the United States that Muslims are a hostile people to be held with suspicion", had backfired and not been understood by the wider public, and that its release "did not achieve its intended effect and instead only caused hurt to hospitable, innocent people."[10]. However it later emerged that the apology was indeed fake.[11]

On 15 September the LA Times Middle East blog Babylon & Beyond printed a comment from an anonymous contributor to an article on the website of the Arab TV channel Al Arabiya about the game, which stated, "if it were a game showing Muslims killing Israelis, the whole world would have sought revenge."[12] Two games in the Hezbollah Special Forces series depict the killing of (presumably Jewish)Israelis, but have not garned any attention. [13]

Reception

Game Culture's reviewer found the game "boring and tedious after a few levels" and opined that "Sigvtar got it right when he said that his game was 'pretending to be legitimate commentary.' He was wrong when he said that it was 'fun to play.'"[5]

Matt Peckham, writing for PC World, argued that the game played "[s]ort of like Atari's old multidirectional arcade shooter Berzerk without the maze stuff," and that "it's hard to be sympathetic to what as a parody feels utterly devoid of anything remotely Swiftian, and which viewed at the mechanical level is pretty weak [and] monotonous."[4]

Electric Retard

Template:Infobox comic strip Electric Retard is a webcomic/shock site also created by Vaughn. Electric Retard has gained a significant amount of controversy since its release on the Internet, mainly for its graphic content and also for many of its episodes containing racist and Nazi undertones. The comic has been banned from viewing in Germany, and as a result, Vaughn has been forbidden by law from visiting the country.[14] HomepageDAILY called Electric Retard "possibly the most offensive webcomic in history".[14]

See also

References

  1. Hartley, Adam (2008-09-11). Muslim Massacre game sparks pointless controversy. TechRadar.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
  2. Muslim group decries computer game. United Press International (2008-09-10). Retrieved on 2008-09-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 McWhertor, Michael (2008-09-10). "Muslim Massacre" Surprisingly Found Offensive. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2008-09-12.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Peckham, Matt (2008-09-12). 'Muslim Massacre' Game Not Parody, Just Tasteless. PC World. Retrieved on 2008-09-12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Game Review: Muslim Massacre. Game Culture (2008-09-11). Retrieved on 2008-09-12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Copy of 'Muslim Massacre: The Game of Modern Religious Genocide' Copy of the game, hosted since 2009-11-06
  7. 7.0 7.1 Moore, Matthew (2008-09-11). "'Muslim Massacre' video game condemned for glamorising slaughter of Arabs". London: The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2776951/Muslim-Massacre-video-game-condemned-for-glamorising-slaughter-of-Arabs.html. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  8. 'Muslim Massacre' computer game blasted in Britain. ABC News (2008-09-13). Retrieved on 2008-09-13.
  9. Davies, Hannah (2008-09-13). "Anti-Muslim computer game stirs wave of anger". Courier Mail. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24336179-952,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  10. 'Muslim Massacre' Creator Tucks Tail, Apologizes Kotaku.com, 14 September 2008, accessed 29 September 2008
  11. Muslim Massacre Creator: My Apology Was Fake
  12. MIDDLE EAST: "Muslim massacre" game stirs debate
  13. http://wasteofmyoxygen.wordpress.com/2007/08/19/hezbollah-special-forces-2-training-kids-to-kill-jews/
  14. 14.0 14.1 Electric Retard. Archived from the original on 2010-02-19 Retrieved on 2010-02-19.

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