(AFP) – Sep 26, 2011
ATHENS — The Greek island of Limnos is up in arms over its inclusion in a video game it says damages its peaceful reputation and presents a security threat by exposing its terrain in high-definition, a newspaper reported on Monday.
"We cannot fathom that our island, a place of peace and creation, will be turned into a scene for violence and battle," Limnos Mayor Antonis Hatzidiamantis told Eleftherotypia daily.
"We reserve our legal rights to defend our island's reputation," he said.
Part of 'Arma 3' by award-winning Czech developers Bohemia Interactive includes a scenario where NATO special forces must take out an enemy factory, the daily said.
Some footage in the game, slated for release next summer, shows a Limnos power plant, a hotel and a town in the distance, Eleftherotypia said.
As the Aegean island lies a short distance from the Turkish mainland, there are also national security considerations at stake, another official said.
"There are national reasons to keep certain areas on the island secure but (in the game) they are shown in high-definition," said Costas Adamidis, head of the local municipal council.
"There could possibly be problems with national security," he said.
Bohemia Interactive in 2001 won the best PC game developer award at London's ECTS exhibition, Europe's largest electronic entertainment fair.
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