Sun, Sept 12, 2010 | The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
IDF’s Mavi Marmara takeover: now an Iranian video game
A new video game titled “Attack on the Freedom Flotilla” was shown in Tehran this week at a ceremony attended by the deputy chief of the joint staffs of the armed forces on culture and media affairs and the Basij commander. The game deals with the IDF’s takeover of the ship Mavi Marmara this past May.
Speaking at the ceremony, Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi said that it had taken the Basij only 26 days to develop and produce the game. He noted that computers and the Internet have now become one of the ways by which culture is transmitted to the younger generation. Naqdi further said that the victory of the Muslims in Palestine is close at hand, and that the “Zionist regime” will be gone from the world map in as much as 10-15 years.
A game titled “Devil Den 2” was also shown at the ceremony. A sequel to “Devil Den”, the game deals with the “schemes of the Zionists” as they are depicted in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Iran News Agency, www.inn.ir, September 2).
The two new titles join an ever-growing list of Iranian video games produced in recent years with encouragement from the National Foundation of Computer Games at the Ministry of Islamic Guidance. The games produced in recent years include some that deal with the Islamic revolution, the Iran-Iraq War, and even the Iranian nuclear program.
Meanwhile, cleric Habib Dastani Banisi said in an interview granted this week to the conservative Fars News Agency that in recent years “the Christians and the Zionists” devote considerable attention to the field of video games, being part of the “soft war” waged by the West on young Iranians in order to influence their views (Fars, September 5).