October 24, 2005


US computer game touches Iran's atomic nerve (Christian Oliver, October 24, 2005, Washington Post)

U.S. special forces dart through Iran's underground nuclear facilities, gunning down any hapless Iranians standing between them and centrifuges that must be blown to bits.

Much to Tehran's relief, this crack team exists only in a new U.S. computer game. But even these animated saboteurs are too close for comfort, downloadable into Iranian living rooms at the click of a mouse.

The cyberspace troopers have sparked bitter press comment in Iran and a petition asking that the game be shelved.

"Americans have a deep craving for an attack against Iran, but they are going to have to settle for this make-believe assault," wrote the Kayhan daily, whose editor is appointed directly by Iran's Supreme Leader.

The problem being that it has likely been downloaded by Iranians themselves more often than the petition has been signed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 24, 2005 5:13 PM

If we had a competent CIA, they would know the exact floorplans for the Iranian facilities, and incorporate them into the game. The mullahs would be freaked out by how well we knew their secrets and any possible anti-regime elements would have a nice how-to guide...

Posted by: b at October 24, 2005 5:25 PM

Lord knows what they'd be saying now if Iran had been the designated villans for "Team America: World Police".

Posted by: John at October 24, 2005 5:30 PM

"The Iran game has been downloaded in Iran thousands of times, Halper said, and the company has received roughly 300 e-mail messages from Iran. Some criticized the game but others had asked how to get a copy without a broadband connection."


That being said, I've found the current crop of squad-based tactical action games like Counterstrike to be quite boring.

Much happier killing demons from Hell, genocidal aliens and impossibly coiffed mad sorcerers.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at October 24, 2005 5:31 PM

In 2002 or so, wasn't there some computer games circulating in that part of the world (or maybe Germany) where your mission was to fly a plane into a building and various other self-destrucive ways to collect your 70 virgins?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 24, 2005 7:17 PM

Did you see this on the WaPo page Orrin?

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Posted by: Brian (MN) at October 24, 2005 7:39 PM

Sheer fantasy. Given the proven incompetence of the CIA in recent decades (fall of Soviet Union, nukes in India, WMD in Iraq), what is the chance that the CIA has detailed knowledge of Iran's nuclear infrastructure in sufficient detail to conduct a 'surgical strike' military operation with any reasonable chance of success?

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