Videogame Armageddon

"Islamists using US video games in youth appeal":

Tech-savvy militants from al Qaeda and other groups have modified video war games so that U.S. troops play the role of bad guys in running gunfights against heavily armed Islamic radical heroes, Defense Department official and contractors told Congress.

And Islamists aren't the only ones "Converting video games into instruments of God":

One game, "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," which debuts today at the expo, features plenty of biblical smiting, albeit with high-tech weaponry as players battle the forces of the Antichrist in a smoldering world approaching Armageddon.

Addendum: Jesse Walker brings it to my attention that the Islamist mod story is untrue — or at least the mod is just a regular mod, not an al-Qaeda training tool.  There is a Hezbollah game, though, called "Special Force."


3 thoughts on “Videogame Armageddon

  1. Rapp May 12, 2006 / 2:44 am

    This sounds pretty lame:

    “In the game, Tribulation squads unleash the usual arsenal against the Antichrist: guns, tanks, helicopters. But soldiers lose some of their spirituality every time they kill an opponent and must be bolstered through prayer. The failure to nurture good guys causes their spirit points to drop, leaving them vulnerable to recruitment by the other side.”

    Lose my spirituality? If I was 15 again, I think I’d pass this one up for Doom 3 or Quake IV or whatever the fuck Quake/Doom/Wolfenstein game is out right now. Well actually, when I was 15, I would have made Charles Krauthammer and Co look like pacifists, so I would have been playing a healthy stream of flight simulators involving bombing Chinese and Iranian installations.

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