Muslim Massacre “Game”?
|Tuesday, August 19,2008 15:47|
|By Sheila Musaji|
Some months ago a blogger identifying himself only as Sigvatr put a video game online entitled “Muslim Massacre” The original site for the game http://www.muslimmassacre.com/ is now down, but he still has it posted on another forum http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2884255 with the following introduction: “The United States of America, a leader and role model for all in the modern world, is taking drastic measures to secure the freedom and safety of the world. Having born witness to the atrocities of the followers of Islam time and time again, it has been decided that the entire Muslim race shall be wiped from the surface of the Earth. You, the American Hero, have valiantly volunteered to make landfall in the
Not much happened for awhile but once the game was picked up by other blogs it became very popular and in the past month or so began to gain international attention. A UK paper noted that Sigvatr was actually Eric Vaughn, an American now living in Australia, and they quoted him as saying in defense of his game: “Mr Vaughn told the Telegraph that the game did not push a more negative view of Muslims than they would pick up watching television news reports.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2776951/Muslim-Massacre-video-game-condemned-for-glamorising-slaughter-of-Arabs.html
The game was reviewed by one PC gamer as tasteless and not a parody. He noted that: “It launches with a chirpy 1980s synth-style tune and a montage of images backgrounded by ostensibly nipped and tucked audio clips of George W. Bush seeming to denigrate Islam and excoriate the religion’s prophetic central figure, Mohammed. (For the record, here’s the White House’s official collection of quotes on “respecting Islam.") The images are pictures of apparent terrorists, wearing hoods or holding guns, bookended by blocky abstractions of American flags tacked atop multi-hued skyscrapers.” http://blogs.pcworld.com/gameon/archives/007733.html
“The makers of this ‘game’ and the ISPs (Internet service providers) who are hosting it should be quite ashamed of themselves,” Inayat Bunglawala, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of The Ramadhan Foundation,
I understand that there are free speech issues, but I wonder what kind of a society we are creating when it seems like a reasonable idea to put such a game online. I also wonder what it means that so many people found this idea interesting enough to download and play the “game”. It would seem at least reasonable to consider that it says something about the level of animosity towards Muslims that is out there among the general public.
I am glad that the “games” creator has apologized, but considering the nature of the internet, that apology won’t make any difference. His creation is out there, copied, downloaded, posted on other sites, and continuing to do damage.
When the members of any minority group are demonized, and when it becomes not only possibly, but ordinary to fear and despise them, we are heading down a very dark road. The same dark road that people went down in