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Lebanon doesn't like satire, gets political game removed

7:09 AM on 11.26.2007 // Jim Sterling
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Frustrated with the political situation in Lebanon, native Z.F found an outlet for his anger by creating a flash-based game called Douma (Puppet) where Lebanese politicians duke it out in one-on-one combat. Sadly, Lebonese politicians are no fans of satire and the game has been taken down from the Internet following "legality problems."

"We tried, with a medium we know [games], to give the people their given rights as citizens, to control the attitude and decisions of the politicians they elect," the man known only as Z.F told The Daily Star. "We tried to find another way for the fans to relieve their anger."

The game involves seven key political figures, with special moves that range from the firing of Katyusha rockets to praying in order to summon the hand of God. The game was a hit across the 'net and with Lebanese fans. Videogames are of course a great source of stress relief, so one that directly relates to the problems in Lebanon have doubtless helped a great many people ... until the government stepped in.

Z.F is hoping that the game will return soon, but until then, it's certainly a shame that those with power have to have such small and petty minds.



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