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Covering Bin LadenGlobal Media and the World's Most Wanted Man$
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Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038860

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038860.001.0001

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Covering Bin Laden

Simon Ferrari

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the political and cultural narratives surrounding bin Laden and the Global War on Terrorism through the field of video games. It begins with an exploration of games about the news and one method of critiquing them. It then deals with the first wave of Flash games made after September 11, 2001 (the term Flash game denotes any videogame created in Adobe's Flash software development platform). It compares and contrasts those early offerings with the more refined documentary videogames made after bin Laden's death. Finally, it reflects on how the mainstream industry has capitalized on the War on Terror and what a look back at this tumultuous decade of experimentation tells us about the state of game design and its relation to the broader context of cultural production.

Keywords:   Osama bin Laden, video games, cultural production, newsgames, War on Terror, terrorism, game design

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