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5/30/2006
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Mike Elgan
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Iranian Nuclear Crisis More Than Just Fun And Games

The Iranian government claims its nuclear program is for the production of energy -- peaceful purposes only. The U.S. government claims Iran is secretly working on nuclear bombs for its long-range missiles. America and Iran both say they'll go to war over the issue. Doesn't the conflict sound like the basis for a really fun game?

The Iranian government claims its nuclear program is for the production of energy -- peaceful purposes only. The U.S. government claims Iran is secretly working on nuclear bombs for its long-range missiles. America and Iran both say they'll go to war over the issue. Doesn't the conflict sound like the basis for a really fun game?Game developers in both countries seem to think so.

A game under development in Iran called "Commander Bahman" features an Iranian special-forces commando whose goal is to rescue an Iranian scientists captured by American soldiers under the command of an evil U.S. administration trying to block the development of Iran's peaceful nuclear technology. The game is reportedly being designed by students at the Union of Islamic Student Societies and should be available within a year.

The Iranian game is the conceptual equivalent of a game by New York-based KumaWar called Assault on Iran -- available since September -- in which an American special forces commando infiltrates Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz to find evidence that the Iranians are really building nuclear weapons.

Some game developers have realized that no imaginary world can be as exciting, terrifying or unpredictable as The Real World -- especially in the realm of international relations.

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