Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

September 10, 2008 -

Muslim Massacre, an amateur PC game, has drawn sharp criticism from Britain's Islamic community.

As reported by the Telegraph, the game was programmed by Eric Vaughn aka Sigvatr, an American who currently lives in Australia. The website for the game calls it "The Game of Modern Religious Genocide," and describes it as follows:

The United States of America has declared war on Islam! Take control of the American hero and wipe out the Muslim race with an arsenal of the world's most destructive weapons! Don't be a liberal pussy!

Mohammed Shafiq, head of the Ramadhan Foundation, a U.K.-based Muslim youth organization criticized the game:

Encouraging children and young people in a game to kill Muslims is unacceptable, tasteless and deeply offensive. There is an increase in violence in this country and some of it comes from video games. When kids spend six hours a day on violent games they are more likely to go outside and commit violence.

 

If it was the other way around, with a game featuring Muslims killing Israelis or Americans, there would be uproar and rightly so. We would urge ISPs to take action against sites like this.

For his part, Sigvatr was unapologetic in posts about his game on SomethingAwful:

I think it's pretending to be legitimate commentary and I'm sure there will be lots of people who defend it on those grounds, but ultimately it's just a game where you blow the gently caress out of arabs... Anyone is free to believe whatever they won't (sic) though, because I don't even know how to interpret it myself anymore. the bottom line is that I enjoyed making it and it's fun to play...


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Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

I haven't seen someone use the term "sped" in years.

 

Ah nostalgia

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

A game designed in bad taste is still just a game. Inexcusibly offensive? Yes. Dangerous? No.

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

It's just a game...If you don't like what it's about, don't play it.

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

>When kids spend six hours a day on violent games they are more likely to go outside and commit violence.

No. They. Aren't.

Second: this guy tried posting the game up in the ECA forums. We should have had this sooner, really.

/b

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

 I don't think it became a story before there was a reaction. Before then it was just another horrible flash game on the Something Awful forums. 

 

If GP had to report on every racist/idiotic/wordfiltered thing in the Something Awful forums there would be 2,000 posts here a day and there wouldn't be much room for actual gamepolitic news.

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

loving true.

/b

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

Game is offensive to be sure, but Mr. Shafiq lost some sympathy with me the moment he stated the tired "kids + violent video games = real violence" BS. 

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

You have to bear in mind that a lot of the general public has never really had any reason to consider that the 'games = RL violence' opinion forced down their throats might be incorrect. I'm friends with a couple of muslims and while the younger generations are very forward thinking, considerate and liberal; their parents are incredibly socially conservative. So it's not suprising that views like this would be held because nobody in the mainstream media has offered a legitimate challenge to it yet, sadly.

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

Yup, he had my vote until he started uttering that garbage. Still, he's at least partially correct; the game is moronic.

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

*yawn* Yet again.

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

Well, here's another game, made outside of the legitimate game development community, that will be pulled as evidence that the ESRB isn't working even though it has nothing to do with them.  Crap pisses me off on multiple levels.  Proof that neanderthals are still alive in the technology age.  Won't be long before Jack or some other a-hole with no real power but a loud annoying voice will start "trumpeting the warning of our doom!"

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Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

 Another game, another ethnic group, it happens all the time, nothing special about it =/

Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

Agreed. Perhaps the guy is one of those "All Palestinian Muslims are part of al-Qaeda" Vessels-Of-Fail. Any game that senselessly assigns a group of people as the bad guys (for example, if Anonymous makes a game where we have to destroy Scientology) is automatically an ULTIMATE Fail.

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Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

A game where we have to destroy scientology wouldn't qualify as ultra fail. A game where we just mow down everyone who believes in scientology (and I'm talking random followers) would qualify as "ultra fail" (now with lemon flavor).

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Re: Muslim Massacre Game Sparks Outrage

Agreed, other groups have also been targeted by games (particularly the poor innocent freemasons) and have been quite acceptable, considering they don't encourage killing someone just because they belong

 
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