Are videogames unfair to Muslims? Would you play a videogame where the hero is Muslim warrior Khaled Ibn Waleed who, in the early days of Islam's history, supposedly defeated the Roman and Persian empires?
Those are the questions posed by Al-Quraysh, an upcoming pro-Muslim videogame coming from Syrian game company Afkar Media. The real-time strategy game allows gamers to play as Bedouins, Arabs, Persians and Romans or Khaled himself, and will feature a pro-Islam slant rarely seen in gaming.
"Arab gamers are playing games that attack their culture, their beliefs, and their way of life. The youth who are playing the foreign games are feeling guilt. On the outside they look like they don't care, but inside they do care. But we also don't want to do something about Arabs killing Westerners," Radwan Kasmiya, the executive manager of Afkar said.
The company is no stranger to controversy: Their last game, Under Siege, is a first-person-shooter set in Palestine in which the Palestinians are portrayed as hero and the Israelies as villain.
Al-Quraysh will be released in September by Afkar Media.