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50 in Fauxrabia

Posted in War & Culture by rearleft on July 8, 2009

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

In 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, the player takes on the personas of 50, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, and DJ Whoo Kid as they slaughter hordes of identifiably arab enemies, in an unidentifiable middle eastern locale. The G-Unit is on a quest to retrieve a diamond encrusted skull that they take in lieu of a $10 million payment from a concert promoter.

The skull seems to be a bootleg of Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God, a piece that also appears in the art for 50’s new mixtape, Forever King, which features one of the countless Michael Jackson sample cash-in tracks bouncing around right now.

Blood on the Sand takes place in one instance of a set fictional video game territories that I am calling Fauxrabia. Unlike all other examples of fictional arab/muslim game lands that I can think of, 50’s Fauxrabia is devoid of uniformed US forces. It is as though we are only 6 months in the future and Dubai has gone to hell in a handbasket very quickly in the interim.

Compare 50’s Fauxrabia with Full Spectrum Warrior‘s Fauxrabian territory,  Zekistan.

This is a big topic that I plan on digging much deeper into in future. Suggestions for stories (particularly from more seriously engaged gamers than myself) are encouraged.

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  1. Larisa said, on July 29, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    Wow, that is amazing. I had no idea. And the use of the Hirst skull is incredible – what a perfect choice of something to sample! layers of intent and meaning battling it out..


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