Another popular militant group which gained much more attention during last few months named ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was observed using popular video game, GTA V’s video for the purpose of recruitment, because the want youngsters in their groups to promote themselves and carry their message through terror.
The video which they used for recruitment was aired and also uploaded to YouTube for some reasons, it was been removed. Currently, the ISIS is known for spreading their message through terror. For example, they recorded videos of beheading many innocent civilians and journalists and spread the videos on many public forums, i.e, electronic media, social media etc. As of June 2015, they hold control of many big cities and towns of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya and Nigeria like Mosul, Ar-Raqqah and few others and the total estimated strength is over 250,000, as per few reports.
Be aware: ISIS using GTA 5 videos for Recruiting Youngsters
The message of the video game’s footage was to spread how they perform their actions against the state and government by violence. They wanted to spread the message that they can use their video game’s footage against their own people and also as a training program for the new comers. As per Egytian Media, the message is to “raise the morale of the Mujahideen, and the training of children and young teenagers to fight the West, and throw terror into the hearts of opponents of the state.”
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One convicted terrorist Shahid Butt was interviewed by Sky News in which he stated, “You got an 8 or 9-year-old child playing those kind of violent games with heads blowing off and limbs blowing off, what kind of mentality is that kid going to have? You dehumanized that person. To go and fight in Syria is as easy as going on holiday to Disneyland. Because you’ve made it easy!” as reported by Forbes.
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ISIS is said to promote administrative system of Islamic Caliphate and of their leaders are said to be muslims. Their flag is also from Islamic reference but what we have learned till now is almost opposite. French journalist Didier François, one of the hostage who spent over 10 months revealed that ISIS claims to be religious but they didn’t even had Quran nor knowledge about fundamentals.
He said, “There was never really discussion about texts or — it was not a religious discussion. It was a political discussion. It was more hammering what they were believing than teaching us about the Quran. Because it has nothing to do with the Quran. They didn’t even have the Quran; they didn’t want even to give us a Quran.“
From that point of view, it can be concluded that militant groups are using video games material as a purpose recruitment as well as training. That conveys an important message to video games developers. Rockstar Games didn’t responded yet about the matter.