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Syrian engineer documents Turkey's coup in electronic game

Features | 2017-07-15 09:18:10
Syrian engineer documents Turkey's coup in electronic game
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian engineer Mohammed Aboush and a number of his colleagues launched, “The Failure of the coup in Turkey,” game, through Google's store on the occasion of the first anniversary of the coup against the legitimate government in Turkey.

Speaking to Zaman al-Wasl, Aboush said the idea for the game combines the fun of playing and documentation. The game relies on two kinds of documentation, the first is the visual impression through the game environment, and the second is the breaking news feed appearing on three optical screens that occur periodically. The newsfeed offers updates about the coup in English, Arabic, and Turkish. 

Aboush pointed out that he documented all the events of the failed coup and met with a screenwriter to turn those events into scenarios. The game includes all the stages of the coup d'état, and according to Aboush, it took four months to write the script. 

Aboush said that he completed two stages of the game out of the expected five. He anticipates that he will finish all the stages in early 2018. He revealed that the first phase of the game included the coupists destroying the parliament building and the player restoring it while in the second stage players confront the coupists on the strategic Bosphorus bridge. The confrontation happens using several methods including throwing stones, blocking the road, and other methods.

“The game is completely free, and the player can win it without paying any Liras for updates,” Aboush explained, but he pointed out at the same time “that there are some downloads that require electronic payment, and players can get ammunition by watching videos for 10 seconds”. He added that the game allows Google advertisements to appear while it is running. 

According to Aboush, five people, including a designer and a screenwriter, contributed to creating the game and some of those who worked on the project are residing inside Syria.

When asked what message he wanted to send by creating the game, he said, “I wanted to share with Turkish society, who I am living with, their happiness with the failure of the coup, and to document its difficult moments through play.” 
The game is available now through Google's store and will soon be available via Apple.

Mohammed Aboush is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the University of Aleppo. He is an applications and internet site programmer in addition to his work as an IT officer.

Turks succeeded in thwarting the coup d'État of July 15, 2016, by taking the streets and confronting the tanks and soldiers. The Turkish government led by the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accuses the parallel organization in the state, led by cleric Fethullah Gulen, of instigating the failed coup.
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