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Austrian Anti-Muslim Game Stokes Outrage



A right-wing Austrian political party's published a flash game in which the countryside is overrun with minarets and mosques and players must stop their construction. Because nationalism and xenophobia's so much more fun when it's in the German language!

Moschee Baba ("Bye-Bye Mosque") is a minute-long, shooting-gallery type game in which a stop sign is clicked on a minaret, mosque, or muezzin (the guys who sound the morning calls to prayer). It's a political ad for the Freedom Party in the Styrian province; regional elections are coming at the end of the month.

No one's killed and nothing's destroyed in the game, but its tone is pretty hateful and paranoid and it's pissed off political opponents but good. Social Democrats, the Green Party and, of course, the Muslim community have demanded the game's removal and an investigation for "incitement."


The game is, of course, a gross caricature of the reality of the situation in Austria. Only four mosques with a visible minaret exist in the country. None are in Styria, whose population is 1.2 percent Muslim.

After the game ends, it serves players with a push poll, asking if there should be a ban on minaret construction, wearing of burqas, niqabs or other Islamic garments, and if Muslims should sign some oath accepting Austrian law's primacy over the Koran. Fun stuff. SOURCE


Capcom Promises: No More Racist Games!



There were some that perceived Capcom's Resident Evil 5 to be a racist game. Not in intent, perhaps, but certainly in its imagery and execution. Well, Capcom have certainly learned their lesson!

Capcom's senior PR manager Melody Pfeiffer has told Gamasutra "Since the RE5 controversy, we have become much more aware of how important it is that we are part of the asset creation process early on so that we are able to have a say in the end product". By "we" she means Capcom USA, so someone from outside Japan can step in and say "uh, no, this will displease people".

"We are also designing a lot of our own assets from this side of the pond, so that we are able to make strategic pieces of content that make sense for our market".

"We are working really closely with our producers in Japan to construct these materials for the West and they are open more then ever to hearing our thoughts and ideas for assets." SOURCE
Tags: elections, europe, muslims, race / racism
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