MH17 video game sparks outcry

MH17 video game sparks outcry
An honour guard stands by as the remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014.

A video game based on the MH17 tragedy that claimed 298 lives has surfaced much to the chagrin of the people of Malaysia and the Netherlands, Harian Metro reported.

The game Euro Buk Simulator 2014 requires gamers to shoot down planes - clearly bearing the MAS logo - and to collect passports from dead passengers that can be seen falling from the air.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's face is also part of the game logo.

One of the missions is for gamers to collect points by shooting down MAS planes from an array of other commercial planes, including the Netherlands national carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

BUK missiles are used to shoot the planes.

Gamers must then collect as many passports as possible from the passengers to achieve high points. The gamer with the highest points will be declared the winner.

A check by the tabloid showed the game can be downloaded by surfing a website called 4Chan before entering the game phase.

According to Dutch web magazine VK MAG, the game was created by an individual believed to be based in Holland, according to the Internet protocol address and the domain used.

The magazine also said the Dutch people had condemned the irresponsible party who created the game and urged the authorities to take appropriate action.

Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Institute of Aviation Technology research and innovation chief Prof Capt Dr Mohd Harridon Mohamed Suffian said the game clearly touched on the sensitivity of not only the victims' families but Malaysians in general.

"This act is irresponsible, especially when the whole world is praying for the remaining 118 bodies to be identified and returned to their home countries," he said.

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