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There are few things in this world that allow people worldwide to connect at a human level, and learn from each other's cultures, more than entertainment. Cinema can show us humanity wherever it is filmed, and games can teach us about the world's many cultural myths and legends wherever they are created.

When a little Iranian game called Garshasp caught my eye, it showed much promise. Made by a small team of nine, this looked like the kind of game that has always been lacking on the PC in ages past. As a hack & slash game that draws from a different tapestry of Persian myths than many of us in the West are familiar with -- Prince of Persia notwithstanding -- Garshasp had the potential to unite players of any country or background in celebration of cultural learning and enjoyment.

What a missed opportunity it turned out to be.

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