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New Video Game That Let Gamers Fight Islamic State Is Branded Islamophobic

Interesting how people want to protect terrorists. What is this constant offence as soon as anyone oppose Muslim savagery? No one complains when TV games are made to fight Nazi’s or the heroic Crusaders.



‘IS Defense’ Is Islamophobia: The Game

Written by Emanuel Maiberg
Motherboard Vice
April 18, 2016 // 07:00 AM EST

Destructive Creations, developer of mass murder simulator and controversy generator Hatred, are back at it again. This time, the Polish studio is releasing IS Defense, a game where players protect European shores from an invading Islamic State army.

In the game’s speculative fiction, ISIS continues to spread across the Middle East and North Africa until it has an army big enough to launch an invasion of Europe. Apparently, NATO’s defensive strategy to this invasion is to place a single machine gun nest at each of the beach landing locations.

I, as the spartan-like warrior manning the machine gun, must defend the Western world from the savage hordes by pointing and clicking. Boats land on the beach, ISIS fighters with machine guns and explosive vests rush my position, and I shoot them all down before they get too close. IS Defense has a simple upgrade system I could use to boost my firepower, health, or call in airstrikes, but it’s a simple game to the point of idiocy. It’s like Sabotage, the old Apple II game where players shot down paratroopers, or Beach Head for the Commodore 64, only IS Defense is rendered with the shiny Unreal game engine and dressed in controversy.

That a trivial, mindless video game uses a real and active terrorist group as cannon fodder is strange in its own right. Usually, video games use fictional analogs to avoid offending people who were hurt by the real thing, and when a video game does call out a terrorist organization by name, it’s a big deal. Consider the case of 2010’s Medal of Honor, which included the Taliban, and was banned from sale on military bases for that reason.

In addition, IS Defense makes me even more uncomfortable given what we know about its developer.

It’s not only that Destructive Creations is trying to establish itself as the shock jock of the games industry. The developer has previously been linked to groups known for the kind of xenophobia that are on display in IS Defense.

Shortly after Hatred was announced, Polygon noticed that Destructive Creations CEO Jarosław Zieliński liked the Facebook page of an organization called Polska Liga Obrony, or “Polish Defence League.” The group has proposed changes to Poland’s constitution to protect it from “radical Islam,” keeps a close eye on the location of refugee camps, and as you can see in the video below, takes its members to the shooting range to practice their aim.

“I was accused, because I ‘liked’ the ‘Polish Defence League’ fanpage on Facebook, which is clearly anti-Islamic, not nationalist,” Zielinski told me in an email. “These are two different things. Some of us have pretty right-wing political opinions, but it’s all based on logical thinking, not on hate-fueled fanaticism. Including me. And I still don’t get what in actual fuck is wrong about nationalism? People confuse and mix that term, making it equal to Nazisim, fascism, and chauvinism. There’s nothing wrong about being patriotic and dedicated to take care of your people and culture.”

IS Defense isn’t saying it in black and white, but what it’s not very subtly saying in between the lines is that foreigners of this particular variety are bad and should be treated with extreme prejudice. IS Defense, like Donald Trump in the United States and nationalist parties across Europe, is blaming refugees for the crimes committed by the people they’re trying to escape.

From Jaroslaw Zielinski’s Facebook page. Image: Facebook.

The fear of boatloads of armed ISIS fighters landing on European shores is ludicrous on its face, but the imagery is familiar. There are boatloads of people landing on the shores of Sicily, Spain, and Croatia—the three levels in IS Defense—but they’re unarmed refugees. IS Defense just reimagines them as the xenophobe sees them.

Zieliński didn’t shy away from this analysis.

“ISIS [said a] few years ago they will smuggle their members among so called ‘refugees’ and they actually do, we all know that, I suppose? That’s the first thing,” Zieliński said. “Second is that sorry, but I don’t believe in the positive intentions of most of these ‘refugees.’ Most of them are coming to Europe to live as lazy-ass social funding suckers. Not for honest work, not to bring anything positive here. Of course, there are some good people among them, who are simply seeking a better life and I don’t have anything against them. But it’s a small minority among these masses. Third thing is that these Muslim immigrants are not adapting to European culture and customs and they don’t intend to and don’t even try to convince me it is different. I believe most of Europeans know that nothing good is coming from taking a shitload of these immigrants. So there’s nothing to demonize, they’ve demonized themselves.

Battles: The game is set 2020 and its aim is to protect Europe from fanatics who have taken over north Africa and are now launching an invasion on the West

“Also, there’s nothing about Muslims in general to demonize, just read their holy book and some things are going to be obvious. And don’t believe in ‘it’s a matter of interpretation’ attitude, as it’s complete bullshit.”

So there you have it. It’s hard to see IS Defense as anything but an incredibly Islamophobic game given that explanation, and on Tuesday, April 19, every PC player in the world will be able to buy it from Steam. Valve maintains that Steam is an open platform, and didn’t stop Hatred from being distributed there either.

Rami Ismail, who makes up half of the Dutch indie games studio Vlambeer (Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing) and who gave a talk about the representation of Muslims in video games in the last Game Developers Conference, didn’t seem as worried about IS Defense.

“While the game does play into fears and stereotypes that currently exist and that do affect real people through Islamophobia, the enemy being so overwhelmingly codified as Daesh [ISIS] means that (technically) the game isn’t using ‘Muslims’ in general as their enemies,” Ismail told me in an email. “While it’s odd to say, for me that already puts it ahead of many contemporary first-person shooters, where the game seems to assume any human alive in the Middle East exists purely to shoot at the ‘heroic American,’ even when it’s an American invasion of a sovereign country.”

Indeed, the most embarrassing aspect of IS Defense is that it is only slightly more blatant in its Islamophobia than hugely successful games like Call of Duty. Hatred similarly was only slightly more blatant about mindless, indiscriminate murder than most games, and I suspect that is part of the reason why writers who cover video games were so quick to denounce it. Destructive Creations is embarrassing to video games because they highlight what many of them are already doing.

“In many ways, I don’t think this is a ‘controversial’ or ‘brave’ game to make—it’s a safe and existing genre, and it’s about the most accepted political perspective you could adopt for a game,” Ismail said. “It’s a typically Western game, seemingly played from a Western perspective, based on Western games history, built on the Western creators’ fears.

“If anything catches my attention in IS Defense, I guess it does look rather spectacular.”

Topics: gaming, is defense, hatred, destructive creations, rami ismail, pc, steam, Islam, muslim, refugees, isis, daesh

Altered: In one image the word Muhammad can be read but has been altered into a smiling face (left and right)
Offensive: In another graphic the phrase 'there is no god but...' can be read, followed by what appears to be the image of a dog
Close-up of the video game graphic

Battles: The game is set 2020 and its aim is to protect Europe from fanatics who have taken over north Africa and are now launching an invasion on the West
[Battles: The game is set 2020 and its aim is to protect Europe from fanatics who have taken over north Africa and are now launching an invasion on the West.]
Threat: A teaser for the game shows a map of north Africa with a mass of red ISIS forces spreading towards mainland EuropeS

Critics: 'Jaroslaw Zielinski is linked with far-right groups and he is well known as somebody who incites hatred through computer games,' Rafal Pankowski from the Nigdy Wiecej (Never Again) Association told MailOnline
'shoot-up game'Violent: Critics of IS Defense are more concerned that it could stoke racial hatred and say the imagery is insulting to Muslims

9 thoughts on “New Video Game That Let Gamers Fight Islamic State Is Branded Islamophobic

  1. There are games where you play as Crusaders/Knights Templar, but you usually end up fighting demons and the like. Offhand I can’t think of one where you fight muslims, but it’s possible I wasn’t really paying attention at the time.

    There’s only one I can think of where maybe you play as a Muslim against crusaders, and that’s Assassin’s Creed. Even then really just the first one because it takes place somewhere in the desert and has the order of Assassins in it. But religion is never really mentioned at all. It’s really just shown as freedom vs. control.


    • Someone should create a game based on real facts from history on Muslim invasions around the world, and allow gamers to fight that invasion. That would probably be one of the best gifts to young people today, so pulled in by the fake Palestine arguments.


      • Hmm, one of the things the early Call of Duty games did was have multiple main characters, each with their own storyline. One of the reasons they did this is because you never knew who would make it to the end.

        In many places where Muslims have invaded, nobody ever actually won against them. So if I were to do that I’d set it in some country where the Muslims had total victory, have 4-5 characters who all die. There are dozens to choose from, but I’m not sure how many actually have detailed history to the point of knowledge of actual soldiers.


      • Here’s the really insane thing about the Assassin’s Creed series now though.

        In the newest one, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Karl Marx is an ally:

        The commies aren’t even hiding their control anymore over the culture.

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  2. Strange isn’t it? Muslims are quick enough to state that ISIS is not Islamic – but as soon as someone “attacks” ISIS, they are “Islamophobic”. A continuation of the devious, treacherous deception tactics of Islamists ?

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