The Islamic Relief, an international humanitarian aid charity, recently released the Virtue Reality app that lets users experience what it's like to be a life-saving aid worker. Players go to places where real natural disasters or conflict has hit and can help builds dams to prevent flooding in Mali, work to build shelters in Pakistan, and give out resources. All of the situations presented by the game are based on real scenarios and projects that have taken place in over 40 countries including Yemen and Syria.
The video game also aims to portray how generous and humane the Muslim faith is, hoping to combat the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media and lead the way for other video games to follow suit. “Having worked in the video games industry for 37 years, I can’t help but notice that, as with the media and pop culture, Muslims are generally presented in a negative light in videogames,” said Shahid Kamal Ahmad, managing director at Ultimatum Games. “Often, when you see characters from the Islamic faith in video games they are othered as terrorists or villains you have to kill. It is as though there is no other way for a Muslim to be: you never see any peaceful, ordinary Muslims just going about their lives," he adds.