Should the internet game Muslim Massacre be banned?

Critics say the game of modern religious genocide contains a blatantly destructive message but there is little authorities can do about it. Computer games in which players aim to kill as many people as possible are, sadly, pretty common. But what sets “Muslim Massacre – the game of modern religious genocide” – apart from the others is that an American soldier sets out to “wipe out” the entire Muslim race. Worse still, the game is available free on the internet, with no restrictions to prevent children and the vulnerable from accessing it. The world wide web is one area that the law still struggles to regulate. Some may see the game as a parody of American foreign policy and point out that it is aimed at adults, rather than children. After all, the average US video game player is a 35-year-old man. But the game reaches a new low in bad taste and contains a blatantly destructive message. The game’s premise is that the US has declared war on Islam and invites players to take control of the American “hero” who will wipe out the Muslim race with “an arsenal of the world’s most destructive weapons”. The “hero” uses machine guns and rocket launchers to kill as many Muslims as possible – ranging from terrorists and what appear to be civilians to Osama bin Laden, Muhammad and Allah. The game’s creator, a freelance programmer called Sigvatr, describes the game as “fun and funny” and says to his critics: “Don’t whinge about how offensive and ‘edgy’ this is.” Jenny Percival reports.

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