Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hearts, minds and video games

Hezbollah's internet division has developed a video game called Special Force 2: Tale of the Truthful Pledge |Wikipedia| CNN|MSNBC|. The video game allows players to re-fight the 2006 War in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah.

The Anti-Defamation League takes a dim view of this video game (as you might imagine) and points out that the same open-source game engine was used by a white supremacist group to create a video game called Ethnic Cleansing.

The United States Army has long has a video game called America's Army |Wikipedia| which simulates life as an infantryman in the U.S. Army.

The fact that governments and terrorist groups both use video games to influence young people illustrates the influence of video games in the modern world.

Below is a movie of Hezbollah's first video game from 2003, a trailer for the new game is available here, which dramatizes the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers which started the hostilities in 2006.

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