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Space Invaders Attack World Trade Center At Games Convention

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Let's file this one under "Too Soon." Seen at the "Invaders!" booth, tucked away in Hall Four of the Games Convention being held in Leipzig, Germany right now, was this non-interactive installation featuring the classic Taito space faring aliens laying waste to the Twin Towers. It was projected on a massive screen in the vicinity of lots of classic Space Invaders goods, as the game is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It was... it was weird. This hits three years after the first and last game to take on the World Trade Center hit Brooklyn. Honestly, we're not quite sure what's going on here quite yet, as we didn't know the German translation for "What the fuck?" We do know, however, that the 8-bit tower jumpers and the negative score applied to each WTC tower to indicate damage aren't going to sit well with, we're thinking, everyone we know who doesn't hate freedom. Update: It is an art exhibit, according the the French-American artist.

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Ballsy...

If it's attention they wanted to grab, there you are.

Also, people comparing it to CoD4 and other shooters are wrong... CoD4 is about war, not about terrorists throwing planes on buildings filled with innocent people.

It's like, you don't see puns or games about the Chinese earthquake, or the Tsunami in Thailand. Or even some 8-bit satire of the Breslan school shooting or something like that.

This has nothing to do with being american or whatever (I'm not), it's plain disrespectful to those who are still suffering from that.

You know, it's one thing to post a joke in a forum or something, another thing to make something like that using huge screens in a public convention.

People have the right to be disgusted by that, and Taito will have to apologize.