Some guy somewhere made a video game depicting the prophet Muhammad and released it on the internet. It's called Muhammad Sex Simulator 2015 and screenshots posted online show a naked bearded man wearing a turban engaging in various sex acts with a range of partners, including other men and a veritable cornucopia of animals.
In the words of its creator, someone known as gizmo01942, " Muhammad Sex Simulator 2015 puts you in the shoes of one of history's most notable and controversial religious figures. Unleash your inner sex demon as you enjoy a wide variety of carnal acts with an assortment of creatures, from goats to pigs to gangs of men."
The game opens with a "Je Suis Charlie" graphic, a reference to the Charlie Hebdo attack that left a dozen people dead. In the aftermath of the shooting at the French satirical newspaper offices, there was much debate about the importance of free speech and whether it had limits. Some people decided that publishing images of Muhammad was a way of demonstrating a commitment to the principle of free speech—even if those depictions of the revered religious figure are boorish, unfunny, and sorta racist. This game could either be part of that, or an insanely labor-intensive attempt at being murdered in order to win a Darwin Award.
While Muhammad has appeared in a few cartoons over the years, he's been a rarer sight in video games. But there are some examples—2009's Faith Fighter allowed players to choose from a small pantheon of top-shelf deities, including Jesus, Buddha, and Ganesh. (Players using Muhammad were also given the option of blurring out his face.)
2008's Muslim Massacre: The Game of Modern Religious Genocide called on its players to kill Muslims in droves before facing off against Muhammad as a boss character in the final level. A crudely conceived and executed top-down shooter, it was defended by some as a work of satire.
Is Muhammad Sex Simulator 2015 the same sort of "satire"? In a statement on internet forum Encyclopedia Dramatica, gizmo01942 took responsibility for the game, if not for any of offense it may cause. "It should be obvious," the statement says, "but I want to make it clear this is not intended as a serious attack on anyone's faith nor is it meant as a serious critique of any real-life historical figures."
The post goes on to claim that the game is a statement of "free speech absolutism" and that the maker refuses to be part of the "cycle of hate." The circle of jerk, on the other hand, lives on.
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