Terrorist-Themed Computer Games Pulled From Shelves
Posted September 17, 2001
RALEIGH — Computer game makers are pulling games off the shelves that feature the Pentagon blowing up and some flight simulation programs that allow crashes into buildings.
Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2000 can be found on millions of PCs. Billed "as real as it gets", the flight simulator allows you to flight lots of different kinds of planes, including large commercial jets. You can simulate what it is like to fly planes around cities like Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
The manual for Flight Simulator does give a lot of instruction and more can be found online. However, no official agency has suggested the program was used by the hijackers.
Microsoft says it will remove images of the World Trade Center from the upcoming version of the program and may offer a patch to remove them from existing versions. Other games like "CIA Operative" and "Red Alert Two" are being removed from some store shelves.
UbiSoft Entertainment announced Monday afternoon it is holding its release of "Tom Clancy's Rogue Spear: Black Thorn" until further notice. That game deals with a fight against terrorism. Some elements of the game will be removed before release.