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    Hello everyone. Just popped in to ask a few questions regarding the topic above. If anyone with some knoweledge about video game scene in the Arabic world would bother answering, I'd appreciate it greatly.

    1. Are video games an "accepted" form of media in Arabic culture? By this I mean is it ok for a grown up(majority of gamers in the west are middle aged) to play video games or is it regarded as "kid's play"?
    2. Do people play lot of video games in Arabic world? By "Arabic world" I mean people in Northern Africa and Middle-East because, correct me if I'm wrong, I understand language is quite similar in these muslim countries.
    3. How old are the people who generally play video games in the arabic world?
    4. What kind of games do they play?(genre, what do they prefer in their games)
    5. What kind of hardware do they use?(PC, consoles, mobilephones)
    6. Are there any kind of Arabian based game development companies or games made first and foremost for Arabic people?

    The reason why I'm asking these questions is because video games are generally made for the western or asian consumers and it sounds strange why Arabic consumers don't seem to have their own breed of games. What are the reasons to this? Are the regional dialects so different after all?

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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by Keinonen View Post
    Hello everyone. Just popped in to ask a few questions regarding the topic above. If anyone with some knoweledge about video game scene in the Arabic world would bother answering, I'd appreciate it greatly.

    1. Are video games an "accepted" form of media in Arabic culture? By this I mean is it ok for a grown up(majority of gamers in the west are middle aged) to play video games or is it regarded as "kid's play"?
    2. Do people play lot of video games in Arabic world? By "Arabic world" I mean people in Northern Africa and Middle-East because, correct me if I'm wrong, I understand language is quite similar in these muslim countries.
    3. How old are the people who generally play video games in the arabic world?
    4. What kind of games do they play?(genre, what do they prefer in their games)
    5. What kind of hardware do they use?(PC, consoles, mobilephones)
    6. Are there any kind of Arabian based game development companies or games made first and foremost for Arabic people?

    The reason why I'm asking these questions is because video games are generally made for the western or asian consumers and it sounds strange why Arabic consumers don't seem to have their own breed of games. What are the reasons to this? Are the regional dialects so different after all?

    Thanks in advance.
    well.. i am not an Arab and dont live in the Arab world... but i knew lots of Arabs playing those game applications on facebook..
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    I know Iran has its own computer gaming stuff....though they're Persian not Arab.
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by Guestfellow View Post
    I know Iran has its own computer gaming stuff....though they're Persian not Arab.
    they do? interesting... i wonder how their computer games look like... it must be educational kind of games..
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by north_malaysian View Post
    they do? interesting... i wonder how their computer games look like... it must be educational kind of games..
    You would be surprised...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8213272.stm
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by Guestfellow View Post
    You would be surprised...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8213272.stm
    wow!! they have difficulties finding market abroad? they should come to "video games-crazy Muslim majority" countries like Malaysia and Indonesia
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by north_malaysian View Post
    wow!! they have difficulties finding market abroad? they should come to "video games-crazy Muslim majority" countries like Malaysia and Indonesia
    I hope Iran does well...I want to play that game where two Iranian scientists get captured by the West. Sounds hilarious. Love to see Israel reaction to that.
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

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    I hope Iran does well...I want to play that game where two Iranian scientists get captured by the West. Sounds hilarious. Love to see Israel reaction to that.
    indeed... i wonder if they have something like simcity
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    I can speak from my experiences in Saudi Arabia. The youngsters have huge craze of video games. Soccer, car racing, adventure etc, you name it. But I do not think it is a trend among middle aged men/women to play video games there. Ive noticed as men age, they loose interest in video games generally. I remember being a hardcore gamer in high school days but now I loose interest after playing a certain game for few days. Not all are like that. But most of my friends have given up playing games religiously.

    In regards to consoles, I think in Saudi, PS3 outdoes any PC gaming. There are indeed pc gamers out there but play station is more famous. Genre of games include fighting (Tekken series was super popular), car racing (driver, need for speed series), action/adventure (grand theft auto 3 was an instant success), sports (Soccer, Soccer, Soccer) .....

    These are not made solely for Arabian market. I hope I answered some of your questions.
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    Those Iranian games sound super. Iran has always been one of the most fascinating cultures in my eyes, and the game with Persian mythology and the tank shooter during the Iran-Iraq war. They'd be brilliant.
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    A freind of mine that used to be in the navy, brought a copy of the game "Grand Theft Auto" This is not a game for children or adults for that matter. But it was in Arabic and the music was more Arab sounding, very different
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by Italianguy View Post
    A freind of mine that used to be in the navy, brought a copy of the game "Grand Theft Auto" This is not a game for children or adults for that matter. But it was in Arabic and the music was more Arab sounding, very different
    Arabic GTA ?. That's interesting.

    There are many versions of GTA, but I forbid my sons play GTA because it teach violence and law breaking to children.
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    What is Saudi parent's comment about video games ?.
    I see in video games there are many images of 'immodest dressed women'.
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    Re: Video games in arabic world

    format_quote Originally Posted by ardianto View Post
    Arabic GTA ?. That's interesting.

    There are many versions of GTA, but I forbid my sons play GTA because it teach violence and law breaking to children.
    I agree, I don'y play any video games myself, we were not aloowed to play them as kids(my grandmother says they were from the devil) well..she said that about everything electronic.....and cars?

    I only allow my son to play the wii, and only for 1 hour every other day. He can only play educational and sports games, but i did get him Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman

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