Fans of first-person shooter video games who wish they’d had the chance to lock and load for the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, can now participate in a re-enactment from the safety of home. According to the Huffington Post, an independent game developer has created a “Counter-Strike: Source” level that accurately depicts bin Laden’s compound. Gamers can now frag the infamous terrorist while enjoying Mountain Dew and Pop Tarts.
Fletch takes you to Abbottabad
A developer known only as “Fletch” – not to be confused with the Chevy Chase film character Irvin “Fletch” Fletcher – created a level for “Counter-Strike: Source,” a Valve Software PC or MAC title with an active modding community of individuals who create custom content and make it available to the public online. The first-person shooter (FPS) is intended to simulate modern military ground engagements and allows for single and online multiplayer.
Users can download Fletch’s bin Laden Abbottabad compound from GameBanana free of charge. The map has been available for four days and has already been downloaded nearly 12,000 times. The bin Laden mission can be re-created (complete with Osama bin Laden character skins available online), or the map can be used as a backdrop for a variety of different “Counter-Strike” plots.
In response to critics who claim that releasing the bin Laden compound map was “in bad taste,” Fletch replied on GameBanana:
“I can see how people would think it is in bad taste, but honestly if that’s your opinion you may as well protest the whole game (as well as many others),” he wrote.
Not the only Osama game in cyberspace
In addition to Fletch’s map for “Counter-Strike: Source,” KumaGames.com has an ongoing PC FPS title called “Kuma War II.” Recently, a multiplayer-only episode for that game was released that simulates the Osama bin Laden raid. According to Kotaku, players can play either as a Navy SEAL or as one of bin Laden’s guards. While the specific details of the raid aren’t followed in the game, the compound layout is reportedly accurate.
If you play as a SEAL, you are charged with finding and killing bin Laden, removing his body, finding intelligence to “end al Qaeda” and destroying the downed U.S. helicopter. If you’re a guard, you simply protect the computer-controlled Osama bin Laden.
Game Banana: http://www.gamebanana.com/maps/156014
Huffington Post: http://huff.to/jA9pD7
Kuma Games: http://www.kumagames.com/
Wikipedia on “Counter-Strike: Source”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-Strike:_Source
Kuma Wars II gameplay: The bin Laden compound (Contains video game violence)
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