In­ter­net cafe deletes game 12-yr-old built over months

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WARY in­ter­net cafe staff in Malaysia un­wit­tingly deleted a com­puter game de­vel­oped by a 12-year-old boy for over a year, think­ing it was a virus. How­ever, Muham­mad Thaqif has been praised for his per­sis­tence by a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter.

He had planned to sell his game for just one ring­git – about 18p – to help his im­pov­er­ished mother. Prais­ing Thaqif, Youth and Sport Min­is­ter Syed Sad­diq tweeted: “There needs to be more young peo­ple like him.” Sad­diq added that Thaqif’s de­ter­mi­na­tion was “bril­liant”.

The min­is­ter, a youth­ful 25, tweeted later that he had had a meet­ing with Malaysia’s “youngest game de­vel­oper”.

Thaqif had in Septem­ber posted on Face­book group PC Gam­ing Com­mu­nity Malaysia that he was work­ing on a first-per­son zom­bie shooter game he wanted to sell. But in Oc­to­ber, he posted again say­ing that the game had been deleted. Luck­ily, how­ever, staff were even­tu­ally able to re­trieve the pro­gram. “I’ve spent close to a year on this game,” he said on Face­book.

He also asked whether any of his fol­low­ers could sug­gest any lap­tops that cost less than £65. Fel­low so­cial me­dia users ral­lied to his cause, of­fer­ing praise and sup­port, with one Twit­ter post­ing gain­ing more than 10,000 retweets.

As a re­sult of the cam­paign, Thafiq re­ceived a com­puter from an imam, as well as cash do­na­tions.

Com­puter gam­ing devel­op­ment is a grow­ing busi­ness in Malaysia.

Muham­mad Thaqif (right) with Malaysia’s Youth and Sports min­is­ter Syed Sad­diq.

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