Iran Wants to Make a Game About Attacking Israel

There are sections of EA's blockbuster Battlefield 3 in which the player controls an American soldier fighting on the streets of Tehran. It went down pretty well in most places, but Iran isn't most places.

The state, a long-time foe of the US government, has lodged complaints with the game's developers over the setting, and even banned Battlefield 3 from sale in Iran.

For Iran's state-run National Foundation of Computer Games (and yes, Iran makes games!), though, that's not enough. They've banded together and announced Attack on Tel Aviv, a game that is as direct a response to EA's game as you can get. The NFCG's Behruz Minaii says the title "will feature Iran's reaction toward depicting an American soldier on Tehran's streets in Battlefield 3".

That reaction does not include sternly-worded letters. "The United States is governed by the Zionist Regime so Attack on Tel Aviv would make Americans angrier than a game about an attack on Washington," Minaii says.

Right. Never mind the fact the game was actually developed by Swedes!

Before EA can respond in turn with Attack on Attack on Tel Aviv, note that there's no accompanying hard details on the project, and that this is coming from a state-run group in Iran, so it's as likely to be vapourware as it is the next holiday blockbuster shooter. In Iran.

Iranian game makers preparing "Attack on Tel Aviv" [Tehran Times]