Dec. 8, 2010 at 5:34 PM ET
One thing's for sure, a movie based on all the drama surrounding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks must be in the works. But what may be more surprising is the fact that game developers are already working on a variety of games on the topic.
A couple of independent game designers have started a project called WikiLeaks Stories, in which they plan to make computer and video games out of the various plots and scandals revealed in documents and information leaked by Assange.
The thriving indie game scene is home to some of the most creative, interesting and unusual computer and video games out there so it's not too surprising someone would take on the fascinating twists and turns of this real-life story of international intrigue.
The project was kicked off by game blog Gnomes Lair with a post declaring that WikiLeaks Stories would be:
A selection of short and sometimes longer games that will turn some of the more interesting WikiLeaks ... err ... leaks into playable stories. Maybe even provide you with a hacker game that will let you attempt to battle the powerful censors and their allies; we'll see about that.
Gnome, the blogger and gamer behind the project, is already at work on a text adventure. Meanwhile, other developers have been brainstorming ideas on the forums at indie game website TIGSource. Indie game designer Jonas Kyratzes has joined the effort and has called on others to help out.
"If you are a game developer, join us in making games about the crimes that governments try to keep quiet," he writes on his blog. "Use your art form to fight for democracy and freedom."
Developers are already responding with clever ideas. One suggested, "I'm gonna make a graphical first-person version of 'Hunt the Wumpus' [an early computer game of hide-and-seek] featuring Julian Assange."