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Turkish game part of memorial for slain journalist

Kerem Demirbas has created Turkey’s first political game, “Huys,” which attempts to confront and render visual the nation’s ongoing struggle to come to terms with the haunting legacy of the 1915 genocide of Armenians committed by the then Ottoman Empire. “Huys,” which means hope, establishes a game world that draws attention to the recent murder of an Armenian-Turkish journalist, Hrant Dink by a teenager, who was convinced that the journalist’s public rejection of Turkey’s official policy on the events of 1915 insulted Turkish identity. The recent anniversary of the genocide and the journalist’s death, inspired the creation of the game.

The game play parallels “Madrid” (a news game that memorializes the victims of the 2004 terrorist attacks), where the player interacts with clickable hotspots, candles. In Huys, these hotspots illuminate placards in the hands of protesting figures, which read “We are all Armenians, we are all Hrant Dink.” In his blog, Demirbas, expresses that “forgetting is losing” both in the life, and the game, and further clarifies that the “aim of the game is remembering Dink…but it also the significance of the political momentum of the funeral in recent Turkish history. Dink, his funeral and the slogan are issues still debated and battled over in Turkish politics.”

Unlike the ban on the political use of youTube by young activists, the game itself is still playable online… at least for now. Have a go!
Source: http://blisted.breakthrough.tv/first-turkish-political-video-game-exposes-haunting-legacy-of-armenian-genocide-1352