Games that lionize the American military
and/or feature generic Arab "bad guys" are nothing new to American audiences. But most Westerners probably aren't familiar with a new wave of games that feature subtle and overt propaganda from an Islamic perspective. In the latest issue of Computer Gaming World
, Ed Halter analyzes the state of the games targeted at the Islamic market, weaving their history in with the recent history of Islamic extremism.
According to the article, the Arab gaming market is still relatively unsophisticated, though some of the games can evoke genuinely moving experiences. Still, we have to wonder if these warring fantasies that demonize the current enemy of the moment from both sides are really doing anyone any good. Can't we all just get along