Last week GamePolitics reported on protests raised in the U.K. against Muslim Massacre, an amateur game in which the object is to "wipe out the Muslim race."
Not unexpectedly, the Arab world has reacted with similar outrage. An editorial in the Yemen Post refers to the creator of the game, Eric Vaugn, as "sick" and goes on to say:
Could it be mere coincidence that the game was released on the internet during the month of Ramadan? I think not. Was it a deliberate action to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11? Most likely...
What is it with such persons that they need to exacerbate an already sensitive situation? There are still many Muslims who are still smarting over the cartoons of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) published in a Danish newspaper originally, but subsequently picked up by other "daring" and insensitive media.
Have these people no understanding of what Islam means to Muslims. I think the answer is "obviously not", which is a shame because a some comprehension of Islam would go a long way to better appreciation of what motivates more than a billion (and increasing) Muslims around the world...
The Egyptian Chronicles blog also weighed in:
this does not deserve our anger because this game and those gamers who play it won’t be the first or the last people in history who wish to wipe us from the surface of the earth... still I will not deny that it is disturbing because those who play these games are generally from the young generations who are raised upon the hate of another religion and its believers to that extent that they want to wipe them. Spreading the culture of violence through that means or way is not less dangerous than other ways of spreading the culture of violence. Video games in general are proving to be dangerous more and more , GTA inspired crimes are moving from North America to Asia
Not Green Data, another Muslim-authored blog, adds:
The issue here is not the game itself, it's that endless chain reaction that really scares me. The media, circumstances and fundamental Wahabis deeds started it a while ago, and they all succeeded in brainwashing peoples minds and created that evil Muslim stereotype in their minds. Then people like the Danish Cartoonists and this Computer Games Developer started to reproduce this stereotype and feed it back to the media and people around them. And frankly I can't tell how this endless loop will end...
UPDATE: Kotaku reports that Eric Vaughn has withdrawn the game and issued a lengthy apology:
I would like to make a public apology for any offense that I might have caused through releasing this game, and to Muslims in particular. My intentions when releasing this project were to mock the foreign policy of the United States and the commonly held belief in the United States that Muslims are a hostile people to be held with suspicion. I would like to make it clear that I have never shared such a belief and my intention was to mock those who actually do believe these things.
GP: At this point, the entire MuslimMassacre.com site is 404. Thanks to GP reader BunchaKneejerks on the news of Vaughn's apology.