The Iranian government is helping to make a game about the life and, most probably, violent death of Salman Rushdie. That this game is in development, a creation meant to teach new generations of Iranians about the 23-year-old fatwa against the author, is interesting, but its impetus is even more so.
The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict isn't just a game in the eyes of the Iranian government, it is a weapon of self defense in what they believe is an ongoing "soft war" against their culture and beliefs.
In 2009, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps outlined what they described as a "soft war" being waged against the country by the West. The government believes that enemies of the state are using cultural influencers like movies, television and video games to erode the culture and identity of the Islamic country.