Political play? Iranian video game lets players shoot missiles into Israel

Published July 14th, 2015 - 09:30 GMT
An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable). (AFP/Ebrahim Norouzi)
An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable). (AFP/Ebrahim Norouzi)

While the Iranian negotiation team was deep in talks to secure a nuclear deal, the Iranian techies too were hard at work on their latest technological advancement: a cellphone game that simulates missile strikes into Israel. 

The game, entitled "Missile Strike," was released on Friday, in conjunction with International Quds Day,  an annual event of Palestinian demonstrations in Iran held on the last Friday of Ramadan, initiated by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder, in 1979.

According to FARS news agency, the game simulates real-life Iranian missiles, such as the Zelzal, the Zolfaqar and the Sejjil missiles, and offers their players the opportunity to shoot them into Israel and destroy Israeli targets. 

"In this game, users break into the Zionist regime's air defense and target Israel," FARS quoted game production product manager Mehdi Atash Jaam as saying. 

Explaining the motivation behind the game's development, Atash Jaam told FARS that it was in response to the console video game "Battlefield," created by a Swedish video game developer. It includes scenes simulating attacks on Tehran and its Milad Tower.

This is Iran's third three-dimensional video game since 2009. 

Lieutenant commander of the Army for Cultural and Public Relations Affairs, Seyed Mohammad Reza Vahadi, expressed his hope to FARS that the game's improvement from its previous two in the fields of human intelligence would help attract video-game buffs from around the world.

According to AFP, another version of the game, "Battle in Gulf of Aden" unveiled in 2012, gave its players the opportunity to take on the role of an Iranian commando responsible for fighting and killing pirates in the Gulf of Aden and then destroying their hideouts to ultimately kill the ring leader. "Battle in Gulf of Aden" was the most visited and sold game in Iran's history. 

This story has been edited from the source material.

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