An article on BBC
describes the Iranian presence at the GamesCom in Germany, where
representatives from a trade group called the Iran National Foundation of
Computer Games are hosting a dedicated stand. They are exploring the possibility
of getting western investments in their game development scene and getting
western retailers to stock their games, with representative Amir Tarbyatjoui
saying US sanctions against Iran "do affect our industry, but they cannot stop
it." They quote Bahram Borgheai of Ras Games about Iranian game development and
Mr Borgheai said that while most Western
developers used Greek, Norse, or Roman mythology to base their games on, Iran
had its own unique mythology that has rarely been used in video games.
"What we have is something quite unique and we are using the event in Cologne to
show that to the world."
Video-game development in Iran attracted global media attention in 2007 with the
release of Special Operation 85: Hostage Rescue. The game saw two Iranian
nuclear scientists kidnapped by Israel with players in the role of Iranian
special forces sent to rescue them, while battling Israeli and American forces.
However Mr Borgheai said he doubted if it was a real game in its own right.
"We never heard about it in Iran," he said. "It certainly wasn't released there
and the first I heard about it was through the international media," he