FALKLAND ISLANDS

Argentines kill British 'terrorists' in Falklands online game

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 3:50am
AFP

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A local company has created a version of the first-person shooter video game Counter-Strike in which Argentine "police" kill British "terrorists" on the Falkland Islands.

For centuries, Argentina has claimed the British-controlled, wind-swept South Atlantic archipelago as part of its territory. The islands were at the heart of a bitter 74-day war between the two countries in 1982.

This version of the popular online game takes place in an alternate world in which Argentina won the war, and its police are defending the islands from British "terrorists".

"Our intention was not to offend anyone, but we believe that it helps raise awareness about an important issue," said Fernando Llorente, spokesman for Dattatec, the Rosario-based company that created the game.

Our intention was not to offend anyone, but we believe that it helps raise awareness about an important issue

"We are having very good feedback on the project," he said.

The game includes depictions of real sites on the main island, including the cemetery, the post office, the office of the daily Penguin News, and the main church and bank.

Argentine "police" begin the game in the cemetery, while the British are based in Port Stanley, or Puerto Argentino to the Argentines. Also in the game: a large sign that says, "The Malvinas are Argentine," describing the archipelago by the name used across Latin America. Llorente said there were no British flags in the game "out of respect" for Argentine war veterans.