1979 Revolution: Black Friday allows gamers to experience the 1979 revolution from the perspective of a photojournalist. The game offers multiple scenarios with storylines that come from actual experiences. Navid Khosari, the lead on the project hopes that by creating a successful, historically accurate game, it could lead to the creation of a new genre of video game. This game was inspired by his own personal experience. He lived through the revolution as a child, before his family fled Iran for Canada as the new regime was established in 1980.
“I experienced the revolution first hand,” he says. “I thought that not only is it an important story to tell, but that it would be the best story to tell.”
Unfortunately, even though the game has been well-received for its accurate depiction of the revolution, Iran has deemed the game to be anti-regime propaganda. Although the game includes various aspects of the revolution, it does not include the U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran. Needless to say, as a result of these accusations, Khosari is not able to return to Iran.
The game was designed by indie game designer iNK Stories and plays as a choice-driven, narrative-style game. Since the historical accuracy was such a big portion of the endeavor, dozens of interviews were conducted with people who had lived through the revolution. As a result, the storyline is based largely on real stories.
The game came out 4/5/16 and can be found on Steam.
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