WTC video game draws outrage

August 21, 2008 7:16:11 PM PDT
An artist is commemorating the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders with a controversial version. A Paris-based artist is raising eyebrows with a video game that depicts the twin towers of the World Trade Center under attack.

Douglas Stanley is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders by unveiling a large, interactive installation that involves players shooting aliens out of the sky to protect the towers.

"The World Trade Center attacks mark a deep cut in our recent history that is still being processed," Stanley said at the Games Convention in Germany, where the installation is located.

Stanley, a French-American, says the game represents an "ambiguous juxtaposition of this mythical game and the historical events of September 11," according to the New York Daily News.

Firefighter Zachary Fletcher whose twin brother Andre died on 9/11, told the newspaper that Stanley's reasoning sounds like "bull."

"It's very, very distasteful," Fletcher told the paper. "Aliens are not going to attack the World Trade Center. What reason would they attack the World Trade Center? That makes no sense at all...I think he's just using that as an excuse to help promote his game, being it comes out so close to the remembrance of the attack."

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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