The article on this involves the regime's censorship, but the video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday sounds like it has potential as a teaching tool
The game’s title comes from a massacre that took place in Tehran’s Jaleh
Square (later renamed Martyrs’ Square) on Sept. 8, 1978. Shah Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi’s military fired on protesters for violating martial law,
killing scores of people. This moment in Iranian history is seen as the
point of no return for the shah. In "Black Friday," the protagonist is
an aspiring photojournalist named Reza who has to make life-altering
decisions to survive the streets as insurrection breaks out against the
Iranian monarch. The game progresses in a choose-your-own-adventure style
that allows players to navigate the 1979 Iranian revolution as it
unfolds. Think "The Walking Dead" game series with a historical twist.
This documentary style — also known as verite — comes from
Iranian-Canadian game developer Navid Khonsari of the New York-based iNK
Stories. Khonsari is behind such blockbusters as the "Grand Theft Auto" and "Max Payne" series...
To develop the game's storyline, Khonsari conducted over 40 interviews
with a variety of Iranians both inside and outside of Iran who
experienced the revolution firsthand. Some interviewees went so far as
to provide personal photos of the events in 1978 and 1979. “They remain
anonymous because of the concerns they might have for their own safety
and the safety of their families,” Khonsari explained.
The game's Iranian opponents are concerned by Western influence on its development and ways in which it diverges from regime-approved narratives of the revolution.
Labels: Iran, Pedagogy