Police launch antiterror game, app
Fedina S. Sundaryani
The Jakarta Post
Two weeks after the deadly terror attack in Central Jakarta, the National Police launched on Wednesday a smartphone game aimed at raising awareness on radicalism and terrorism among children.
The game, titled Tumpas Teroris (Annihilate Terrorists), allows players to shoot rocks from a slingshot at a random direction toward several terrorist figures by tapping repeatedly on the targets until they fall or explode.
The game hosts several backdrops depicting Jakarta and also carries public service announcements such as 'terrorism is not jihad because terrorism is a stranger to religion', in each of the seven levels.
Among terrorist figures used in the game is that of Sunakim alias Afif, the now notorious gunslinger wearing a cap and DJ Tiesto T-shirt, who battled police personnel on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta, two weeks ago. He was shot dead by police officers at the scene.
Game developer Adjie Pratama, who previously developed smartphone application #MelawanAsap (#FightingHaze) during the raging forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan last year, said that he used Afif's image in the game because he shot to fame soon after the attack.
'I used Afif's image because I wanted to encourage hate and anger toward terrorists. [To make sure] that younger generations are not sympathetic toward terrorists,' he said at a press conference at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta.
Adjie said the game would help spread antiterror messages as children easily engaged with games.
The National Police also commissioned Adjie to work on a smartphone application called Stop Terrorism, which people could use to file reports on suspected terrorists or terrorist activity to the police.
With the app, users can simply fill out a form and their message will be sent to the police's public relations division.
'There is an emergency function that will connect [the user] to the nearest police station,' he said.
The application can also be used to read domestic and international news on terrorism, to discuss terror-related issues with others, including police officers, in a forum and also to publish posts on Twitter with the hashtag #KamiTidakTakut (#WeAreNotAfraid).
The smartphone game and application are available at the Google Play store and Amazon, and are compatible with Android and BlackBerry 10 phones. The app is also available in English.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan praised Adjie for his creation, saying that the game was 'among ways we are trying to make children more aware [of terrorism]'.
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