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Iranian video game industry prospers

01-31-2011 09:06 BJT

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Another booming industry in Iran is video games. But Iran isn't just importing the latest games from the UK, Japan and America - it's also creating its own local heroes like dragon-slaying Garshasp.

Meet Garshasp, Iran's answer to Lara Croft of Tomb Raider fame.

This muscular, sword toting hero could become the poster boy of Iran's burgeoning video game industry.

Released in late 2010 by the Fanafzar Sharif studio in Tehran, the game recreates the world of ancient Persian mythology.

Garshasp is a monster-slaying Iranian hero and the symbol of a gallant warrior in Zoroastrian religious scripts.

The game is loosely based on the ancient Garshasp's Narrative where the hero fights dragons, monsters and all manner of earthly evils.

Of course the game also includes a liberal helping of the designers' imaginations.

Arash Ja'fari, Head, Garshasp Game Production Team, said, "I think our young game makers have managed to produce a great game in terms of storyline, the atmosphere that is ancient Iran which is very varied, in terms of Iranian wrestling techniques and cultural elements such as its music. It could be an interesting Iranian game."

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