The story that runs through “Holy Defense” opens at the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab on the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital. (The Daily Star/Hasan Chaaban)
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Hezbollah Wednesday took the party's ideology behind its role in Syria's conflict to another platform by using the digital world to allow gamers to fight the group's recent battles there and in Lebanon.The game's action mostly takes place in Syria, where Hezbollah has been fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's yearslong civil war.The group's involvement was made public in 2013 but they are believed to have intervened early on in the bloody conflict.Ahmad, according to Allam, doesn't specifically represent Hezbollah or any other group."Holy Defense" is, Allam said, a continuation to the series of games produced by Hezbollah over the last 15 years."Video games are a very powerful media platform that offer, on one hand, a cultural narrative or a worldview that is very much tied to culture and politics and a view about how the world is and what is right and what is wrong," Melki told The Daily Star.Although he said that Hezbollah wouldn't be the first to use such platforms, with the U.S. government leading the field, Melki explained that such videogames involve players and provide them with a closer look at what fighters are doing.
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