Amir Hekmati, U.S. born one-time game developer jailed in Iran since 2011 for allegedly engaging in espionage for the CIA, has been given a 10-year prison termfollowing a secret retrial which took place in December. He had originally been sentenced to death, a ruling overturned in 2012. » 4/12/14 11:30am 4/12/14 11:30am

When You Have to Hide Your Identity to Make a Video Game

Usually, it's the characters in the video games themselves that have the code names. Agent 47. Solid Snake. The Illusive Man. But, here in real life, a young Iranian artist working on a game has fled his homeland and hides his identity, all so he can do the thing he's always dreamed of. » 2/02/14 5:30pm 2/02/14 5:30pm

Some of the World's Scariest Military Troops

Last month, Kotaku published images of Taiwanese special forces. They were totally frightening. But Taiwan doesn't have a monopoly on scary troops. Other countries are ready to terrify you, too. » 11/04/13 4:00am 11/04/13 4:00am

Female League of Legends Characters Banned at an Iranian Tournament

League of Legends' female characters wear revealing outfits—too revealing for Iranian hardliners. And thus, too revealing for an Iranian eSports tournament. » 8/28/13 7:00am 8/28/13 7:00am

The United States Government Kindly Asks Iran To Free Imprisoned…

The United States government commemorated the one-year anniversary of Iran's imprisonment of American-citizen/former-Marine/former-game-developer/accused-spy Amir Hekmati by asking for his release. » 8/29/12 11:25am 8/29/12 11:25am

They Couldn't Kill Salman Rushdie in Real Life, So They're Making a…

On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwā against Salman Rushdie, calling for the assassination of the British Indian author of The Satanic Verses. Seeing as Rushdie is still alive, it didn't go so well. Now a state-sponsored Iranian student organization plans on correcting that oversight with … » 6/29/12 9:30am 6/29/12 9:30am

This Man’s Making a Game About His Native Iran. So, Of Course, They…

What does it take to be accused of espionage? For Navid Khonsari, all he had to do was start making a game about his homeland. » 6/25/12 11:45am 6/25/12 11:45am

America Scared of Iran's Video Games, Says Iran

Iran's mastery of the Unity engine may not have gotten the attention of the United Nations Security Council, but games like Gando (pictured above) sure have spooked 'Murica, according to Iranian government sources quoted in a report published by Iran. » 6/24/12 12:00pm 6/24/12 12:00pm

When Grand Theft Auto Let Iranian Teenagers Do Things They Could Only…

It's a proud part of American mythology that people from all over the world get to come here and pursue their dreams. Navid Khonsari has one of those stories. The Iranian-American used to work at Rockstar Games as cinematic director, where he helped steer the vision on games like The Warriors, Midnight Club II and … » 6/21/12 4:00pm 6/21/12 4:00pm

Iran Overturns Game Developer's Death Sentence

There is new hope for the survival of an American sentenced to death in Iran for spying today, as Iran has overturned the death sentence for Amir Hekmati. » 3/05/12 11:15am 3/05/12 11:15am

War is Not a Video Game to President Barack Obama

Defending his preference for peace in an in-depth interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, President Obama updates the tried-and-true 'war is not a game'. » 3/02/12 9:30am 3/02/12 9:30am

Game Developer Sentenced to Death in Iran Asks Obama for Intervention

Amir Hekmati, the U.S.-born game developer sentenced to death in Iran for allegedly engaging in espionage for the CIA, has asked the Obama administration to do whatever it takes, including a prisoner-transfer, to save him from execution. » 2/08/12 5:00pm 2/08/12 5:00pm

Alleged Iranian Spy 'Confesses' that U.S. Video Game Company is CIA…

When Iranian state TV aired the alleged confession of a homegrown spy on Sunday night, Amir Mirza Hekmati's recitation of supposed wrongdoings included the standard claims of working as mole for the American Government along with a less common twist: that he'd supposedly worked for a video game company that was… » 12/19/11 4:30pm 12/19/11 4:30pm

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. » 12/13/11 7:00am 12/13/11 7:00am

Iran, of all Places, Double-Bans Battlefield 3

To be clear, the legal sale of Battlefield 3 in Iran has never exactly been widespread. But as is the way of the world, "street vendors" had been selling the game anyway, and according to reports that's resulted in a crackdown from Iranian authorities » 11/29/11 5:30am 11/29/11 5:30am

A Look At 41 of Iran's Best Video Games

Last week I found myself in a back row of one of Gamescom's business hall with a few minutes to kill. Turning a corner I discovered a sizeable booth set up to showcase the computer and video games of Iran. » 9/05/11 10:00am 9/05/11 10:00am

This Historical First-Person Shooter is an Iranian National Treasure

In the mid 1700's an Arab Amir took on the military might of Dutch colonials occupying Iran's Kharg Island, capturing their fort and liberating the southern Iranian cities from colonial rule. This Amir, called Mir Mahna, is an Iranian national hero. » 7/14/11 10:00am 7/14/11 10:00am

Former Rockstar Dev Working on Game About Iranian Revolution

A writer with credits in Grand Theft Auto III, Max Payne and, later, Alan Wake is now working on an entirely different project, likely controversial in its own way: "1979: The Game," based on the Iran Revolution. » 2/16/11 11:30pm 2/16/11 11:30pm

Here's A Look at Iran's First Big Time Video Game

Though the country earlier this year published a sci-fi MMO, Garshasp - a monster hunter of folklore - is billed is Iran's first AAA-quality video game. It's being made for the PC because trade sanctions prohibit selling dev kits there. » 12/02/10 1:00am 12/02/10 1:00am