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History-Based Mir Mahna Puts Iranian Gaming on the Map

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Jul 15, 2011 • References: mirmahna and gizmodo
For the majority of the industry's history, video games have almost exclusively been developed in America or Japan, which is why Mir Mahna is such an inspiring product. As video games mature in their artistic ability, it’s important that the market allows and encourages more diversity -- this Iranian game is a sign of things to come.

Co-developed by the Tehran-based studio ESPRIS and the Iran National Foundation of Computer Games, this first-person shooter follows the real-life exploits and adventures of Mir Mahna, an Iranian national hero who successfully faced down the Dutch colonialists occupying Kharg Island in the mid-1700s.

Despite the not-so-friendly ties between Iran and the United States, the two countries share a harmonious vendor-customer relationship in the gaming industry. Thanks to the increasing prevalence of programmers and the falling prices of development equipment, Tehran has flourished as a tech-center in recent years; Mir Mahna and other video games are a testament to that fact.

Since video games, like most modern mediums, show the distinctness of their creators, it’ll be interesting to see what Iranian games bring to the table. How does an Iranian sci-fi shooter sound?