Islamic influenced art and imagery has cropped up in games from Journey to Prince of Persia, but now a couple of game developers are out to prove that despite its conspicuous rarity in the medium, Islamic art lends itself brilliantly to game design.
An industry body in the Middle East has gone and done something fascinating: they've launched a ratings system for games based not on a nation's classification laws, but on the tenets of the Islamic faith.
A right-wing Austrian political party's published a flash game in which the countryside is overrun with minarets and mosques and players must stop their construction. Because nationalism and xenophobia's so much more fun when it's in the German language!
Video games may nor may not be dangerous, they may or may not be art, but I don't think I've ever stood back and wondered whether they were permissible under Islam.
I've no idea why, but it seems no accident that the week before Easter I went back to start over the original Assassin's Creed, the only game I've ever played that is set in the Holy Land.
Islamic lifestyle and social networking site Muxlim has launched a beta of the virtual world/MMO we told you about back in October.