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Georgia: Game over

16.11.2010  |  17:48

10139.jpegThe "spy scandal" thoroughly blown up by official Tbilisi is growing in detail. The only misfortune is that Georgia remains the only active player in this ridiculous game. The authorities have to excel in devising new moves. However, they obviously do not lack imagination. This time, Georgian propagandistic machine is cutting a new way: Head of MIA Vano Merabishvili has announced the appearance of a computer game with an off-beat name of Police where everyone may catch his "Russian spy".


Georgia has more than once become a scene in computer games. For example, in Ubisoft's famous work, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, leader of Sakartvelo has got a sophisticated name of Combine Nikoladze and is the main rival of a courageous American spy, while the Russian strategy "Confrontation: forcing to peace" based on the events in South Ossetia has become quite popular even in the west, just like the famous addition to the Counter-Strike shooter. Producers of small flash-games with the Georgian president as a hero with his tasty necktie were not left aside either.

The official Tbilisi is obviously discontented with the "playful" image of the county, which is presented to the gamers not in the most favourable light, and decided to create its own analogue of the GTA cult series. With this nice product of Mikheil Saakashvili's "game-building", users may take the side of law-enforcement agencies and, above all, fight the evil Russian spies right in the streets of Batumi and Tbilisi.

The main characters of computer games are generally Mafia members or criminals killing policemen, robbing banks and so on. We decided to alter this rule and make a game with a policeman as a main character. He does not kill any criminals but exercises certain statutory norms in their respect under the law governing the Georgian leaders", - Head of Georgian MIA Vano Merabishvili told about the new PR-action of the Georgian authorities.

In the minister's opinion, Police is simply doomed for success that will turn Georgia into an experienced large-scale computer games producer. "I'm sure that several million people in the world will play this game", - Merabishvili stated optimistically, having made everyone happy with the news that the game will be absolutely free of charge. Naturally, this happiness won't pass by the western producers: an English version is being developed especially for them.

A well-known Georgian expert, Head of Eurasia Institute Gulbaat Rtskhelidze says he does not expect anything positive of the computer game initiated by the country's MIA. "Honestly, I haven't heard of any companies in Georgia specializing in game production. The major part of such products is brought in illegally. As for Merabishvili's initiative, one can surely say that only a primitive game can be created with Georgian MIA's participation; it won't demand much material and mental effort", - Rtskhiladze said in his interview to GeorgiaTimes correspondent.

According to the expert, such project of the country's government once again demonstrates official Tbilisi's desire to imitate Americans: "These computer games are very popular in US, when users fight al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Thus, they maintain rather a militaristic attitude towards a faked or real enemy among the young. But here, there's no militarism; it's just some kind of perversion".

Rtskhiladze paid attention to the general tone of comments on the "spy scandal" made by the head of Georgian MIA and other government officials. "Our government does not care one little bit about anyone; they feel more and more assured and get more insolent. Their behaviour will take weirder shapes. It is not the appearance of computer games that matters; the minister has stated that arrests and detentions on the charge of espionage will go on", - Rtskhiladze is sure.

Having got no opportunity to boast of any real achievements to the people, Georgian authorities decided to plunge the county into the "matrix" of its own production, so, perhaps, we should expect a whole series of games: an economic simulator "Feel like Veronika Kobalia", a step-by-step quest "Find the grain!" from Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kverezelia and, of course, a number of air and racing simulators where each one will be able to repeat the feats of the Georgian president.

Merabishvili's statement just confirmed the fact that Sakartvelo's governors are living in virtual world. In it, Georgia is the world leader in investments and democracy development surrounded by loving allies and successfully resisting the only enemy, which will soon realize the frustration of his attempts to break the proud Caucasian republic. It's a pity, though, that playing their "democracy games", Georgian authorities forget that there is no real Save function allowing to correct the mistakes later on.

Artem Martynuk

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