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16:37 | 2012-06-23


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Iran Asks for Critiquing Western Computer Games

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's culture minister on Saturday called for a precise analysis and critique of western computer games to reveal the underlying goals pursued by developing such software.

"Development of these games is goal-oriented and they should, thus, go under critique by the media," Seyed Mohammad Hosseini told reporters at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 2nd Tehran International Computer Games Expo.

Meantime, he stressed his ministry's full support for the development of Iranian computer games, saying Iran is now the center of computer game development in the region and among the Islamic countries.

"Yet, we will endeavor to promote ourselves to the level of the top world countries in area of computer game development," the Iranian culture minister said, reminding that countries can promote their culture and values through such games and plant their beliefs in the minds of the target populations, specially among children and the youths.

Iran has recently accelerated production of computer and video games for the younger generation.

The Iranian Army's first produced video game titled "Battle in Gulf of Aden" was unveiled in a ceremony in Tehran earlier this month at the presence of Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

The computer game which was produced using the powerful motor of "Unity" and enjoying a professional graphic and sounding displays the Iranian Navy's mighty presence in the international waters and Navy commandoes' fight with the pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Iran released its first three-dimensional video game, the Age of Heroes, in 2009, which was designed based on the stories narrated in the Persian epic poet Ferdowsi's magnum opus, Shahnameh.

Meantime, after the US programmers in an open war of media developed "Battlefield 3" depicting a US assault on Iran, the Iranian computer game programmers announced that they would soon release "Attack on Tel Aviv" in a retaliatory move.

Executive-Manager of Iran's National Foundation of Computer Games Behrooz Minaei told FNA in December that the foundation will fund the project, and announced that many Iranian computer game programmers have voiced preparedness to contribute a role in the project.

Minaei said that Battlefield 3 has many technical and video faults, adding that the location of the game in Tehran is "unacceptable".

He said that Iran has sent letters to the US videogame company, Electronic Arts (EA), and voiced its protest at the latest version of Battlefield, but the opposite side has not yet responded to the letter.

In November, Iran banned the computer game, depicting US amour and aircraft launching an assault on Tehran.

"All computer stores are prohibited from selling this illegal game," Iran's deputy police chief said.

A Tehran-based IT union warned all shops to abide by the ban. "Battlefield 3", made by US videogame company Electronic Arts (EA), is based on a fictional near-future in which players take on the role of US Marines tackling shootem-up missions in Paris, New York and Tehran.

The game can be played as a solo campaign or as a group mission with up to 24 players online.