A new computer game is available online in Iran that allows players to
shoot opposition figures involved in the disputed 2009 presidential
election, media reported Wednesday.
The free flash-based game
resembles a shoddy knock-off of Doom, a popular horror-themed game in
the 90s that pioneered first-person genre, and was produced by a local
media company run by "youths faithful to the Islamic revolution,"
according to its website.
The company says the game allows the
player to "confront symbols of sedition" a term coined in the
aftermath of the 2009 presidential election to describe pro-reform
supporters who disputed the poll's result.
The player must shoot
the targets the heads of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two
opposition leaders who have been kept incommunicado under house arrests
since February 2011 and reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami.
game has drawn fire Iranian reformists and according to the media, the
organisation tasked with issuing licences for video games produced in
Iran is reporting it to the authorities.
"Its producers did not
put forward any requests for a licence," Hossein Moazami, an official at
Iran's computer and video games foundation, was quoted as saying by the
"Therefore, the relevant authorities at the culture
ministry, police and the judiciary will be informed," Moazami said
without commenting on the game's content.
The game is named "The Return of Mokhtar".
five years after the disputed election that sparked unprecedented
street protests and highlighted cracks within Iran's ruling elite
remains a bone of contention between hardliners and reformists.
Iran's self-declared moderate president, Hassan Rouhani who took office in August, had promised to resolve the issue.
officials have expressed criticism of ongoing house arrests of Mousavi
and Karroubi, who claimed the vote was rigged by Rouhani's hardline
predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.