Are Video Game Re-Creations of bin Laden's Compound in Poor Taste?

There are already at least two video game iterations of the al Qaeda leader's Pakistan hideout

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The video gaming community is celebrating the demise of Osama bin Laden in its own way: replaying it.

At least two iterations of the al Qaeda leader’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout popped up for download Saturday on terrorist-fighting computer games—Counter Strike and KUMAWar 2. The KUMA game actually replays the Navy SEAL mission that took out bin Laden, including destroying the malfunctioned U.S. helicopter, while the user-generated new level of Counter Strike only uses the compound as a location. The new level, shared online through GameBanana.com by a designer with the username Fletch, had nearly 11,000 downloads by Tuesday, though not everyone is happy about the development.

Some are criticizing the bin Laden levels as inappropriate—they say it trivializes a person’s death or is simply too soon. Others defend the idea as normal for the gaming world, pointing to games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which drops players into similar-to-real-life worlds where they fight familiar enemies. On Monday, the same day New York Times technology blogger Nick Bilton wrote about the Counter Strike level, "Fletch" posted an update: "I can see how people would think it is in bad taste," he writes, "but honestly if that's your opinion you may as well protest the whole game (as well as many others)."

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