Thursday, February 02, 2006


Angry Muslim Gamers

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Palestinian gunmen Thursday shut down the European Union's office in Gaza City, demanding an apology from European authorities who blocked worldwide access to the online game MohammedScape.

The gunmen left a notice on the EU office's door that the building would remain closed until the Europeans apologize to Muslim gamers, many of whom consider MohammedScape "the sizznit."

The ban sparked protests in other parts of the Muslim world.

Teenage Muslim gamers consider it blasphemous to restrict access to graphic depictions of Mohammed's glorious wars of jihad and the violent 7th century Muslim conquests of much of the then known world.

MohammedScape allows gamers to become Muslim warriors riding beside Mohammed as he kicks righteous booty against the infidels. With enough skill, they can turn themselves into generals who, after Mohammed's death, take the butt kicking into North Africa, the Middle East, and eventually into Europe. There are options to become merchants who control the overland trade routes between Europe and China too. Gamers can morph themselves into powerful Muslim characters right up until the end of the last Ottoman Caliphate.

The graphics and action, according to those in the gaming industry, are impressive.

Sal Motherboard, industry insider, said, "Dude. The elephants and boiling oil are rampant! One twitch and you're dead meat."

Masked members of the militant groups Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinians' former ruling party, Fatah, fired bullets into the air as a teen gamer from Gaza read the group's demands.

Palestinian officials said the gunmen were threatening to kidnap European workers if the European Union did not apologize and get MohammedScape back online immediately.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is scary stuff. Maybe if they get the teens addicted to the game versions of terrorism and murder they won't have time to do the real thing. Afterall in real life you don't get to be king of the world as easily as you do if a game and suicide bombing on-line can be done over and over again. Not so in reality. When will this madness come to an end?

5:51 AM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

I'm assuming you know this whole post was a spoof on the Islamic outrage over cartoons of Mohammed being published in European newspapers. Thought I'd take a playful shot at sadly delusional young Muslims and western gamers while I was at it, anon. But yes, the real life stuff is madness.

11:19 AM  
Blogger anhomily said...

Do you really know how serious this is to hundreds of millions around the world? Everyone is outraged here and there have been demonstrations throughout the week here. I don't really think this is something to poke fun at, particularly with the same sort of insensitively satirical use of freedom of speech that started the whole thing...

4:23 AM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

Noted. I thought about that factor but decided, given the readership of the blog, that I was on safe ground. I don't believe I have Muslim readers and of the folks who do read the blog regularly, I'm pretty confident none of them will view Muslims more negatively as a result of a satirical post. Or at least, they won't view the Gaza gunmen any more negatively then they rightly should.

Personally, I think many Muslims worldwide are acting outrageously in this whole thing. These are European newspapers, not newspapers in the Islamic world. I would expect European editors to stay true to their cultural and national values. It's one thing for Muslims within France or the Netherlands to use their rights as citizens to protest the cartoons and apply pressure; it's quite another when Muslims in other places riot, and especially threaten to kidnap people over cartoons in a European newspaper.

Though I understand your concern, and though I would not make us of this kind of satire if I had a Muslim readership or were I living where you are, I think people like the gunmen in Gaza richly deserve the strongest satire possible. Frankly, I'd be in favor of even more vigorous methods of dissuasion--like jailing them. In my view they're simply thugs dressed up in religious garb.

10:30 AM  
Blogger 3wishes said...

Okay, so I was "reeled in". What a concept though. Maybe someone should make this game....make it available. Why not? If we accept the like of Grand Theft Auto etc. I always liked the concept of the old movie where they scored points for hitting pedestrians lol Someone out there will make a bloody fortune and have fun doing it :)

2:33 PM  

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