Iran Launches Islamic Video Games

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2009 5:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Video game developers are in Cologne for one of Europe's biggest gaming conventions, and one booth is standing out: the Iranian National Foundation for Computer Games, which is trying to get a foothold in the West. The games have a decidedly nationalist slant, reports the BBC. One game is a tank shooter set during the Iran-Iraq war, while another follows a girl navigating the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

"We are using this event to promote what is happening in the Iranian games industry," said the manager of the Iranian stand. But he acknowledged that international isolation is making expansion difficult. "We need more investors," he admitted. "The US sanctions do affect our industry, but they cannot stop it."