War on Iraq inspires player modifications of popular videogame
The Associated Press
Last Updated 6:16 a.m. PST Tuesday, April 1, 2003
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Fans of Electronic Arts' latest war simulation video game are bringing real world conflict to the popular PC title, tweaking the game on their own time to pull it closer in line with the U.S. led attack on Iraq.
The game, "Command and Conquer Generals," already simulates a confrontation between terrorists occupying Baghdad and American troops.
But over the past six weeks, players have created about 1,000 additional digital maps and battle mission modifications for the game.
"The ones that seem to be getting the most interest are based on the topography of Iraq and Baghdad," said Jeff Brown, a spokesman for Redwood City-based Electronic Arts.
The changes are uploaded and shared between players over the Internet.
It took about six months for the previous "Command and Conquer" game in the series to generate nearly as much interest, Brown said.
Information from: San Jose Mercury News