Guantanamo video game brings in Moazzam Begg


Still from the game Rendition: Guantanamo

Still from the game Rendition: Guantanamo

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTTISH firm is set to make millions from a computer game based on Guantanamo Bay.

And they have brought in Moazzam Begg – one of nine British Muslims held in the jail before being released in 2005 – to help them get it right.

The Glasgow firm T-Enterprise hopes to make £3 million pounds from Rendition: Guantanamo where gamers play terrorist suspects trying to escape from the prison.

Begg, 41, has been helping them get the details right, and will even have a staring role in the game.

Gave his input

Director of T-Enterprise, Zarrar Chishti said: “We approached Moazzam because it’s very hard for us to know how to design the layout of the prison and he helped.

“He came up two weeks ago to give his input on what we were working on.

“Moazzam will do three days of sound with us the we will 3D-render him into the game.”

The firm have been careful to make sure that they have permission to make the game, and have been taking advice from police and politicians.

Asked for permission

This has included asking Strathclyde Police chief Stephen House for permission, who sent them a letter saying he had no problem with it.

Chishti said: “It’s been in production for a year and two months. You start the game with the orange boiler suit, cuffs and earmuffs.

“There are certain rules we can’t break after meeting politicians so we are not making the game too extreme.

“We have had a lot of hate mail about this, mainly from America, saying things like, “Don’t dare put out a game that shows them killing our soldiers.

03Guantanamo Prison

“But no US or British soldiers get killed in it. The only ones being killed are mercenaries.

“We have set it in January 2010 because that’s when we think the camp will be closed. We are making a statement. We did not want Guantanamo to be forgotten.”

Begg went to Afghanistan in 2001 to help build schools and improve the water supply but had to flee to neighbouring Pakistan when coalition forces attacked the country.

It was there that the CIA, who said that he had been training with al-Qaeda, arrested him.

Solitary confinement

He claims that he was tortured during his time in Guantanamo.

He said: “I was put in solitary confinement with no access to the outside world and no explanation as to why I was being detained.

“My wife gave birth to my son six months after I was arrested and I saw him for the first time when he was three years old.

“It would be wrong to say I’m not angry but I’m willing to forgive 1000 times over.”

Campaigning

Begg, who has a financial stake in the game, is now not allowed to leave the UK and spends his time campaigning for the remaining prisoners to be freed.

He said: “The only thing I am concerned about it making sure the game does not misrepresent the prisoners.

“This will not demean the reality of Guantanamo but it could bring those issues to people who would not usually think about it.”

The camp has caused controversy over in the years it has been operating, with claims that inmates are being tortured and held in captivity for years without charge.

President Obama has promised to shut the camp but faces strong opposition to the relocation of prisoners to maximum-security jails in America.

16 Comments

  1. […] to Deadline Scotland, Glasgow video game company T-Enterprise has hired Moazzam Begg, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, […]

  2. […] to Deadline Scotland, Glasgow video game company T-Enterprise has hired Moazzam Begg, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, […]

  3. […] but it could bring those issues to people who would not usually think about it,” Begg told Deadline Scotland. We’re not sure if it’s just us, but this is starting to sound a lot like Six Days in […]

  4. […] this is going to surely sell like hotcakes or the equivalent baked good in Iran and/or Ann Arbor: A […]

  5. […] but it could bring those issues to people who would not usually think about it,” Begg told Deadline Scotland. We’re not sure if it’s just us, but this is starting to sound a lot like Six Days in […]

  6. […] das Thema sehr brisant ist, ist wohl auch T-Enterprise in England bewusst denn wie Deadline Scotland berichtet, hat man sich Rat und Erlaubnis bei der Justiz und Politik […]

  7. […] but it could bring those issues to people who would not usually think about it,” Begg told Deadline Scotland. We’re not sure if it’s just us, but this is starting to sound a lot like Six Days in […]

  8. […] but it could bring those issues to people who would not usually think about it,” Begg told Deadline Scotland. We’re not sure if it’s just us, but this is starting to sound a lot like Six Days in […]

  9. I cannot wait to try this game out. anybody knows where I can get this game?

  10. […] via | Deadline Scotland […]

  11. […] his likeness, some voicework, and even a little level design. T-Enterprise director Zarrar Chishti told the blog Deadline Scotland: We approached Moazzam because it’s very hard for us to know how […]

  12. […] Scottish video game company is making the Guantanamo Bay detainee experience into a computer game! And for added realism, they’ve hired a former prisoner. (Deadline […]

  13. […] Moazzam Beg really been hired to help design Rendition: Guantanamo, a new video game? [h/t […]

  14. This one sounds fascinating I would love to try this games.You have given a clear and concise detail, thank you

  15. Anything for a stinking buck, nowadays huh? Well, maybe this should not be a video game, but that is just my opinion.

  16. Agreed PSP player but if it was you, and you know it a game would sell like hot cakes and you were in on the profits, would you not go for it?

    Of course you would!


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