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Games cash in on Osama

india Updated: May 06, 2011 01:21 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Online gaming sites and makers of video games haven’t wasted any time in cashing in on the drama surrounding the recent killing of Osama bin Laden by the US Navy Seals. Games that allow users to not just track but torture and kill the world’s most wanted terrorist are already hot on the circuit.

On Wednesday, newgrounds.com rolled out Osama’s Revenge — a game in which users take on the terrorist’s ghost. ‘Osama is back from the dead to take revenge. Can you kill him again?’ reads the ticker on the game, which already has over 50,000 takers.

On Monday, Indian gaming website ibibo.com is all set to introduce Osama’s character in their popular game Mumbai Underworld. “Users will be allowed to bombard Osama in the game. They can also invite their Facebook friends to do the same,” says Ashish Kashyap, CEO of the website. He explains that it is part of their business strategy to remain current, as people enjoy games with news connect. Another game, Kuma War Episode: The Death of Osama bin Laden, gives players a chance to play Navy Seals and re-enact his killing. “These tabloid games will capitalise on this event for traffic,” said Ian Bogost, professor of digital media at Georgia Tech in US, to Kotaku.com.

Ironically, Osama’s death has breathed new life into old games on terrorism, too. Games such as Osama Gotchi (where you can maim Osama) and Mujahideen (the winner gets to have a drink with a caricature of Osama) are more popular than ever.

“Great games … the biggest thing is that the game came true, Osama is dead,” posts Redskill, about Osama Gotchi. “I’m revisiting the games I played around 26/11, it feels great to kill terrorists,” says Varun Khanna, 23.

It’s game on for the war on terror
The 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2009 inspired games which allow users to kill all the terrorists at the site
The capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 inspired games where users had to find a hiding Saddam.
Since 2001, the war in Afghanistan has inspired games worth billions

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