T-Enterprise Walks Back On Rendition Guantanamo

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There was once a concept for a new Microsoft X-Box game called “Rendition Guantanamo.”

This game was supposedly set in the future, sometime after the U.S. “sold” the base to “Freedom Corporation” run by a bunch of “mercenaries.”

The game begins with players taking on the role of new detainees brought into the prison wearing the trademark orange jumpsuits and restraints. Before they are subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques and evilly wicked scientific experiments (torture of course) they must escape their cells and fight their way out of the camp killing as many prison guards as possible in the process.

T-Enterprise, A Glasgow, Scotland software company has been working on the game for a little over a year and the journey began when they approached a former prisoner, Moazzam Begg, who was held inside Guantanamo Bay for about two years, hoping to tap into his incarceration experience. Initially Begg claimed he was concerned the video game would “trivialize” his time in the camp but apparently warmed up to the idea when the prospect of big money from Middle Eastern purchasers, eager to blast away at *cough* mercenaries, was waved in front of him.

Zarrar Chishti, the firm’s director, said: “We approached Moazzam because it’s very hard for us to know how to design the layout of the prison and he helped. 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,’ but no U.S. or British soldiers get killed in it. The only ones being killed are mercenaries.”

Yeah sure.

It’s obvious what T-Enterprise was hoping to accomplish here which was to continue to foment anger and hatred towards the U.S. over the GITMO facility, especially in the Muslim world….and make a big bloody pile of cash off the “game” while they were at it. Whoa! I wonder how much of his R&D funding came from the Obama administration? Just kidding of course.

I have been following this story for awhile and low and behold the pressure seems to have gotten to Zarrar Chishti and his company because they released this statement today:

Official Statement Regarding Rendition: Guantanamo – 3 June, 2009

In recent days, much has been made of the involvement of T-Enterprise in relation to an X-Box 360 game entitled Rendition: Guantanamo. As a reputable and highly regarded firm amongst professionals and clients alike, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few issues that have emerged in the wake of press coverage in the United States.

Unfortunately, much of the speculation regarding the game itself made by various publications and websites has been inaccurate and ill informed. Based on a simple teaser trailer that actually revealed little of the game, many conclusions were reached that have absolutely no foundation whatsoever. It was never designed to be “propaganda” or “a recruiting tool for terrorism”. Neither was it designed to glamorise terrorism as has been reported.

First and foremost, the main character was NOT Moazzam Begg. Instead, his name was Adam. He happened to be involved in a case of mistaken identity and so was never a terrorist. T-Enterprise is against all forms of terrorism and would never seek to advocate otherwise. Furthermore, Guantanamo was to be a mercenary run institution and so there would have been NO American military personnel killed within the game. Again, we support the British and American troops that fight the war against terrorism to make the world a safer place and would not make a game that said otherwise.

Having clarified our position on terrorism, I would now like to refute all suggestions that the game was in any way linked to Al Qaeda. T-Enterprise has never had and would never have a link to Al Qaeda in any way, shape or form. Furthermore, we would certainly not facilitate a means of funding for any group that undertook terrorist activities. The game was simply designed to be an action video game that adults could enjoy.

However, as a direct result of the extreme reaction that the game and its popular misconceptions have provoked, T-Enterprise has decided to pull out of the project and will not be completing Rendition: Guantanamo.

Should you have any questions regarding this statement then please contact our press office for clarification.

Zarrar Chishti

Director, T-Enterprise

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