New computer game targets Iranian opposition figures

The game allows the player to “confront symbols of sedition.”

A new computer game is available online in Iran that allows players to shoot opposition figures involved in the disputed 2009 presidential election, media reported Wednesday.

The free flash-based game resembles a shoddy knock-off of Doom, a popular horror-themed game in the 90s that pioneered first-person genre, and was produced by a local media company run by “youths faithful to the Islamic revolution,” according to its website.

The company says the game allows the player to “confront symbols of sedition” — a term coined in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election to describe pro-reform supporters who disputed the poll’s result.

The player must shoot the targets — the heads of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two opposition leaders who have been kept incommunicado under house arrests since February 2011 — and reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami.