- Update : The game has also been picked up and re-published by a neo-Nazi named Col’n Campbell III in Adelaide (South Australia), who belongs to a tiny white supremacist splinter group known as the Creativity Movement.
From the Department of I-Want-A-Fatwa-And-I-Want-One-Now! comes this story about a game called ‘Muslim Massacre’, designed by some bloke from Brisbane.
Said designer has since thought better of his game, taken it down, and issued an apology:
I would like to make a public apology for any offense that I might have caused through releasing this game, and to Muslims in particular. My intentions when releasing this project were to mock the foreign policy of the United States and the commonly held belief in the United States that Muslims are a hostile people to be held with suspicion. I would like to make it clear that I have never shared such a belief and my intention was to mock those who actually do believe these things.
It quickly became obvious to me that releasing this game did not achieve its intended effect and instead only caused hurt to hospitable, innocent people. I believe removing this game and website will do much more to attain my desired effect than leaving it on the internet, so I am doing just that.
I would like to ask for the forgiveness of Muslims around the world and to make it clear that I did not release this game with ill intent. So without further ado, I would like to say that I am truly apologetic for what I have done and will take full responsibility for all offense that has been caused. I can only hope that any further misgivings can be laid to rest.
Thankfully for angry Aryans everywhere, Martin Fletcher of Downunder Newslinks (“Australian news for White people”) has saved the game from oblivion by making a copy of it available to all and sundry on his own rather, er… “cranky” website. Martin himself is a former devotee of James Saleam, but is currently associated with the Australian Protectionist Party, whose disco forum he co-admins with failed Sutherland Shire candidate Darrin Hodges. (Note that APP aren’t exactly ‘down with Mohammed’). Martin is very fond of game-playing, and previous to Muslim Massacre, placed the laff riot that was the Cronulla 2230 game on his website (Cronulla game site gets zapped, Asher Moses, October 18, 2006).
“Where they fail with words they excel with horrible, horrible racist cartoons. I know it’s wrong, but I found these cartoons hilarious, if only for the fact they were so desperately stupid. These guys should take Zack Parsons advice and come up with more creative racial stereotypes. However, I have to give them some credit; the racial slur “Moon Cricket” is one I’ve never heard before and find to be quite fascinating. It’s so zany how could anyone take offense to it? Anyway, let’s take a gander at some of these cartoons!”
And have a beer with the Master Race.
Anti-Muslim computer game stirs wave of anger
September 13, 2008
A COMPUTER game designed by a Brisbane man has caused Muslim anger around the world because it invites players to wipe out the followers of Islam.
Queensland police have launched an investigation into the game Muslim Massacre, which can be downloaded for free online.
Players take control of an American “hero”, are given “an arsenal of the world’s most destructive weapons” and are tasked with killing as many Muslims as possible, ranging from terrorists and civilians to Osama bin Laden, even the prophet Mohammed and Allah.
“This game is glorifying the killing of Muslims in the Middle East and we urge internet providers to take action to remove this site from their services,” foundation chief Mohammed Shafiq said.
“This is not satire but a deliberate attempt to demonise Muslims.”
The game was created by freelance programmer Eric Vaughan, 22, who calls himself “Sigvatr” on his online blog.
Mr Vaughan, who works at a petrol station in East Brisbane, refused to comment when contacted by The Courier-Mail yesterday.
On his blog, he describes the game as “fun and funny” and says to his critics: “The Muslims represented in the game aren’t meant to be based on actual Muslims.”
“Sigvatr” announced the creation of his game on the Something Awful forum, Play the beta of my game, Muslim Massacre on June 24, 2008.
Islamic Council of Queensland president Suliman Sabdia urged Police Minister Judy Spence to shut down the site.
“This is the sort of game which creates hysteria,” he said.
“It could lead on to other things if it goes unchecked.”
Ms Spence said she was concerned. “I am aware that the contents of this particular website have been brought to the attention of police, who are making an assessment as to whether it breaches any legislation,” she said.
See also : “Muslim Massacre” Surprisingly Found Offensive, kotaku, September 10, 2008 | ‘Muslim massacre’ computer game condemned, Josie Clarke, The Independent, September 11, 2008 | More evidence that satire doesn’t transmit over the interwebs, Charles Arthur, The Guardian, September 11, 2008 | ‘Muslim Massacre’ computer game blasted, AFP, September 13, 2008 | Idiot of the week: “Sigvatr”, Five Public Opinions, September 13, 2008