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A North Korean company recently released a 3D shooting game called “Hunting Yankee,” state-run outlet Arirang-Meari reported on Friday.
“The 3D-amusement entertainment program ‘Hunting Yankee’ is a fighting game of shooting and knocking down Yankees with a sniper gun… behind enemy lines,” Arirang-Meari reported.
At first glance the game appears to be similar to Western first-person shooter (FPS) games like the U.S.-produced “Counter-Strike” (CS) or “Call of Duty” series.
A photo released by Arirang-Meari showed what appears to be a U.S. soldier being shot and killed by the player, with another photo depicting a soldier in the gun’s crosshairs.
“Users can perform a variety of special actions in a virtual world reminded of a cliff-hanger battle scene,” the article added.
Arirang-Meari reported the game has “become very popular among people in recent times,” but did not name the developer or say whether it can be played on a computer or mobile phone.
“Hunting Yankee” is one of several war-themed video games promoted by North Korean media in recent months.
Arirang-Meari reported on August 11 that the North Korean Advanced Technology Research Institute had developed three games: “Confrontation war,” “Guardian,” and “Goguryeo battlefield” – all of which can be played on mobile phones.
“Confrontation war” involves “destroying enemy submarines using depth bombs, nuclear depth bombs, and anti-submarine rockets,” while “Guardian” allows users to simulate naval warfare with “cannons, multiple rocket launchers, and mines.”
“Goguryeo battlefield” is a historical game, which “vividly displays the battlefields” of Ancient Korea.
Other types of games have recently also recently appeared in state media.
On August 2 it was reported that a North Korean company had launched a new 3D soccer simulation game, which appears to be similar to the U.S.-produced FIFA and the Japanese-made “Pro Evolution Soccer” series.
The game is called “Soccer Fierce Battle,” and is a “virtual reality (VR)” game.
The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), reported on July 2 on the release of the 3D educational and entertainment game “Chosun’s Taekwondo 1.0.”
Arirang-Meari also reported in January that the Intelligent Information Institute under the State Academy of Sciences had produced three other 3D games: “Martial Arts Competition”,“Cheerful Cook,” and “Matching Word.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
Featured Image: Arirang-Meari, edited by NK News