September 12
Forbidden Games
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The game September 12 developed by presents the wounding of innocent people in the "war against terror" by using a simple equation: air raids kill civilians and destroy houses, a move that leads to an increase in the number of terrorists. Players must try to send "sophisticated bombs" and strike terrorists walking amidst civilians. The bombings inevitably strike civilians as well. Other civilians consequently gather to mourn the innocent victims and some of them become terrorists. In other words, the player of September 12 can never win. A localized success ensures the failure of the entire mission. The war against terror generates terror. After several bombings one can start examining notions that have become highly prevalent in the media and the military discourse, such as "targeted killing," "surgical operation," "target bank," "sterile area." etc.