Video Game lets players experience the Iranian Revolution

From Vice: (

Reza sits, hands bound, in a dingy interrogation room. A single overhead light illuminates his face, bruised and bloodied by the soldiers who raided his safe house. On the table in front of him sits a tape recorder and a folder whose contents may condemn him — and those he loves — to die.

A man with a gravelly voice, the only other person in the room, offers Reza a cup of tea, but it feels less like an offer than a threat. “Your tea is getting cold,” the man says almost as soon as he places it on the table.

Will Reza drink from the cup, or knock it to the floor in defiance?

The choice is yours. It’s one of many decisions players are forced to make in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, a new video game that puts players in the middle of the Iranian Revolution. Using actual events, people, and places, the game presents an opportunity to explore and experience the complex forces that drove the revolution, which resulted in the overthrow of US-backed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and the rise to power of Ayatollah Khomeini in the new Islamic Republic.  More

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  1. I enjoyed reading this and the designers opinion that ‘”No one would give a shit about it if you didn’t make a great game,” he said. “I would love first and foremost for people to be entertained and engaged….’ makes a really good point about balancing the game as to not get lost in the historical context while neglecting the play-ability and it sounds like he is grounded about the key goals of the video game.


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