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Posted 2007-07-18 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
American developer Kuma releases Assault on Iran. The Union of Students Islamic Association releases Rescue the Nuke Scientist in response Assault on Iran. According to Zach Whalen of Gameology, Kuma intends to respond to Rescue the Nuke Scientist. Ping, pong, ping. Pong?

I am immediately struck by parallels to music: one artist's song discusses (or just disses) another; an answer song results. Could an epic back and forth like the Roxanne Wars of the 1980s be echoed through the medium of video games today? Depends on how far this Kuma/Students Union thing goes, and if anyone else gets involved. It's certainly easy enough to bang off a game these days--almost as easy as spending a day in the recording studio. A hot-button topic like U.S.A. versus Iran might just be enough to start a game developer duel, although, like the Roxanne Wars, I'm not sure much meaningful conversation will be the result.

I'm not aware of any other call and response scenarios involving games, but I'd be happy to hear from readers on the subject. Could this be the first, or have there been precedents?
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
July 19, 2007 @ 9:42 am
     
 
There have been precedents. See GamePolitics.com's "Is There a Video Game War Between Islam & the West?" Additional discussion over at Nathan Combs' blog.
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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