1979 Revolution: Black Friday
“A new story driven adventure about choices and consequences, chaos and order, where you are dropped into the thrilling world of a real revolution.The year is 1978, the place is Tehran, Iran. You play as Reza Shirazi, a young photojournalist who returns home to find his people in a cold-blooded uprising against the ruling King, the Shah. Your efforts to take photographs entangle you into the underground web of revolution as you meet a vivid cast of characters who challenge your morality.The fates of those around you hinge on the consequences of your choices. Based on true stories and historical events” (1979revolutiongame.com). What makes this game special is that it is a story of war from the perspective of an ordinary protester. Most video games based on war are typically from the perspective of a soldier. Instead of killing people in this game, the player simply acts as a photographer who helps spread the spread of information. It is a point of view often overlooked when learning of war and makes for an interesting lesson for students.
This game is a wonderful companion piece to learning about the Iranian Revolution in 1979. After introducing students to the Iranian Revolution, this is a good way to get students to engage with the content. It would be greatly beneficial when paired with other resources like the graphic novel Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjan Satrapi (Head here for a Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood student guide).
Developed by INK Stories
Available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Macintosh operating systems, macOS