Muslim groups condemn 'Muslim Massacre' video game
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday September 12, 2008

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A crudely-done video game titled "Muslim Massacre" The Game of Modern Religious Genocide" is arousing the ire of Muslim groups, who would like to see action taken against it.

The game, which features 80's-era graphics and audio, announces as its theme that "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." The action consists of having your character run around and reduce everyone on the screen to a bloody smear on the pavement.

Britain's Independent Television News reports that some justify the game as a satirical commentary on American attitudes, but Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation believes that is just an excuse. He told ITN, "They glorify the killing of Muslims. ... If it was they other way around, and if this was a Muslim game about killing Israelis or Americans or British soldiers, can you imagine the uproar? We would urge the internet service providers to try to take action against it."

Even PC World -- which considers Grand Theft Auto IV to be a "clever commentary" on American culture -- considers Muslim Massacre "tasteless."

The game was released last January as a free internet download but has recently gained notice due to mentions on several blogs. The game's creator, Eric Vaughn, is an Australian who goes online by the name of Sigvatr -- borrowed from than of an 11th century Norwegian poet. According to his DeviantArt page, his favorite writer is Friedrich Nietzsche.

He writes at his webpage, "Sigvatr was born in a military hospital to two loving military grunts on April 2nd, 1986. Today he works part time as a service station attendant serving potato chips, cigarettes and soda to drunken bar hoppers and stoners at three in the morning. In his spare time, which he has quite a lot of, Sigvatr lives with his beautiful wife Sunny in a small rented room in Brisbane, Australia and works on a wide variety of projects ranging from web comics, computer games and other fun internet things. He also likes metal."

This video is from ITN, broadcast September 11, 2008.

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