Bomb Gaza for fun

CityPress - - Opportunity index - – Gugulethu Mh­lungu

As the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Gaza con­tin­ues, some en­ter­pris­ing cap­i­tal­ists saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to make money.

A va­ri­ety of games al­low­ing play­ers to bomb Pales­tinian homes and peo­ple have sur­faced in An­droid’s Google Play store.

The most pop­u­lar, un­til it was taken down this week af­ter an out­cry, was a (well-re­viewed!) game called Bomb Gaza.

Yes, Bomb Gaza. Be­cause you can have fun on the back of other peo­ple’s mis­ery.

The game al­lowed play­ers to take con­trol of an Is­raeli De­fence Forces fighter jet and fly low over Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory with the in­ten­tion of de­stroy­ing build­ings filled with black-clad, rocket-tot­ing Ha­mas op­er­a­tives.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, when you’ve killed too many in­no­cent civil­ians, a “Rage” me­ter tips into the red zone, and your mis­sion comes to an end.

Bomb Gaza is one of many games of this na­ture, some of which are still avail­able, like Iron Dome.

De­spite Google Play De­vel­oper Pro­gram Poli­cies specif­i­cally for­bid­ding “gra­tu­itous vi­o­lence” and “hate speech”, it hasn’t pre­vented vir­tual war­mon­gers from find­ing a gap. Yuck.

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