Under Ash (Arabic name: "Taht-al-ramad", تحت الرماد) is a first-person shooter sometimes explained to be a response to how Arabs are pictured in computer games in general and America's Army in particular. Like America's Army, it is considered to be video game propaganda; however, it differs from America's Army in that it is not available free.
The player takes the role of Ahmed, a Palestinian opposed to Israeli occupation ("Zionists"). Through the course of the game, Ahmed progresses from throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers to destroying Israeli military positions. The game has been criticized for being too hard, and is designed so that it's easy to be killed. If you shoot a civilian, the game ends automatically. In the end it isn't even possible to achieve a victory.
Under Ash was followed up with Under Siege.
- UnderAsh.net (in Arabic with some English)
- Under Ash at the Open Directory Project
- University on Video game propaganda
- The Developers website
- Interview with Radwan Kasmiya
- Digital Intifada, article about Afkar Media's games
- Digital Arabs: Representation in Video Gamesar:تحت الرماد