The video game Rising Eagle- Gaza is a challenge by Kevin Bermeister to the President of Iran. He claims that since the Iranian President vowed to wipe Israel off the map. The game itself puts Iranian troops against Israeli troops in a first-person shooter. Players can choose to be either Iranian soldiers or Israeli soldiers but there are no Palestinian fighters.
The game is an upgrade to two previous versions which were set in China and Paris. Bermeister believes that since Iran President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, challenged Israel he would challenge him with his game. Bermeister was quoted as saying, “People will get to know each other in a competitive battleground environment, get to text each other, speak to each other, connect with each other and figure out that they’re human beings and they can get along with each other.” Somehow I doubt that will happen but at least Bermeister’s an idealist.
The game was made by an Israeli company Invasion Interactive. As you can guess the game’s not exactly fair. The Israeli Defense Force is meant to stomp out any adversary. They are the future of fighting and have an obvious advantage over their foes. It’s not surprising that Yaron Dotan, one of the game’s Israel-based designers, was quoted as saying, “I want this to upset people. I hope it causes the biggest shitstorm in history.”
The game also depicts photos of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a monkey. Dotan acknowledged that this would piss people off (no kidding) but doesn’t really seem to care a whole lot. The game itself is not much of a surprise with all of the protests that have been happening lately. I’m sure there are many people who would find it quite humorous to see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s face morphed into that of a chimp since he’s such a chump. If you’re interested it the game it’s free to play and can be found here.