September 12th: A Toy World Favorite 



Dec 1 2003



In September 12th: A Toy World, the designer Gonzalo Frasca seeks to explore the use of games as a form of interactive op-ed. 

In the game the player is asked to engage in a simple action of dropping bombs to "take out" terrorists. As you play the game one realizes the 'procedural rhetoric' is rooted in the age-old maxim that violence begets more violence. 

As states on the Games for Change site, where you can play the game for free, the game caused lots of discussions and can be said to be one of the first kind of "newsgames." Also stated on the site is that "September 12th has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world and has been used by teachers as a tool for discussing terrorism."
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