Shalom Life | October 24, 2014

Iranians Developing Salam Rushdi Fatwa Video Game

Author becomes subject of possibly violent game introduced during Iran's second annual International Computer Games Expo

By: Dudi Cohen

Published: July 7th, 2012 in Business » World

Iranians Developing Salam Rushdi Fatwa Video Game

The second annual International Computer Games Expo was held in Iran last week – an event described by organizers as an "opportunity to present Iranian culture, values and Islamic identity," the Islamic republic's Press TV reported.

The fair was meant to serve as a platform for Iranian gaming innovation.

The unlikely subject of one game introduced during the expo was Salman Rushdie, world-renowned author who became the target of a notorious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 23 years ago.

The game – which has yet to be completed – aims to teach the next generation about the "sin" for which the author of "The Satanic Verses" was doomed to death by the ayatollah, according to a report in the Guardian.

The game is titled "The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict." While little has been revealed about the nature of the game, its title suggests players will be asked to carry out Khomeini's call for the killing of the writer.

According to the British newspaper, Khomeini described "The Satanic Verses" as "blasphemous against Islam" in 1989. His fatwa caused an international stir and the UK severed diplomatic relations with Iran for years.

Rushdie went into hiding and received police protection. The author was previously lauded by the Iranian government for another novel, "Midnight's Children," which was named the book of the year by the Islamic Republic.

Iranian army releases game

The game is being developed by the Islamic Association of Students, a government-sponsored organization.

Three years ago, the student association and Iran's national foundation of computer games asked students across the country to submit scripts for the game. The top three scenarios were handed over to video developers. Even though the endeavour initially experienced technical difficulties, the student union announced last week it had completed initial phases of production.

'Battle in the Gulf of Aden' preview

In June, the local media reported the Iranian army has introduced its very first video game, "Battle in the Gulf of Aden," which featured "the Iranian navy's mighty presence in the international waters and navy commandos' fight with the pirates," according to Fars.

"The player of the game will take the role of an Iranian commando who should fight and kill pirates in the Gulf of Aden and then find and destroy their hideouts in a bid to find and kill the buccaneers' ringleader," the state news agency reported.

This article is republished with permission from Ynet.

Startup Club: Hello Doctor Startup Club: Hello Doctor TrendingPÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den PÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den TrendingOrthodox Jews Delay Flight, Again, For Refusing to Sit Next to Opposite Sex Orthodox Jews Delay Flight, Again, For Refusing to Sit Next to Opposite Sex Trending
 

Startup Club: Hello Doctor

October 23, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: Hello Doctor

The revolutionary new app that allows patients to download their medical records has just received funding from companies that include Facebook and and Google

Read More

Breakthrough Jew - Nic Sheff

October 23, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Breakthrough Jew - Nic Sheff

Sheff is a best-selling author who uses his experiences as an addict to help others struggling with similar battles.

Read More

Who Was Sarah Michelle Gellar's Favorite On-Screen Kiss With?

October 23, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Who Was Sarah Michelle Gellar's Favorite On-Screen Kiss With?

Hint: It's not her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Read More

Paula Abdul Wants You To "Check Yourself" During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 23, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Paula Abdul Wants You To "Check Yourself" During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The former 'American Idol' judge has joined forces with Avon for a new campaign.

Read More

Is This a Halloween Costume or Just James Franco?

October 23, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Is This a Halloween Costume or Just James Franco?

Seriously. We know Megan Fox is dressed up, but what is Franco doing?

Read More

Smart People Listen to Bob Dylan, Dumb People Listen to Beyonce

October 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Smart People Listen to Bob Dylan, Dumb People Listen to Beyonce

A new study has compared SAT scores to musical taste to determine what types of music people of varying intellects listen to.

Read More

Air Canada Centre Painted Blue & White As Jewish Toronto Cheers On Maccabi Haifa [PICS]

October 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Air Canada Centre Painted Blue & White As Jewish Toronto Cheers On Maccabi Haifa [PICS]

The Israeli basketball team had an impressive 21-0 run before losing to the Raptors, 92-85

Read More

Op-Ed: A New Low for the Associated Press

October 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Op-Ed: A New Low for the Associated Press

After a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a crowded train station, killing a baby, the Associated Press ran this story: "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem"

Read More

More Headlines