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Virtual reality game takes players inside World Trade Center during 9/11 attacks

Skyscrapers surround the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan (Source: AP) Skyscrapers surround the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan (Source: AP)
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Disgust. Outrage. A new virtual reality game that lets players experience what it was like in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 is garnering quite a bit of controversy.

The September 11 attacks was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States.

Makers of the game "8:46" describe it as “a narrative driven experience designed for virtual reality, which makes you embody an office worker in the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 events.” One of the planes crashed into the North Tower, 8:46 a.m.

Players of this game pretend to be inside one of the towers as the plane hits.

A sneak peek YouTube video from Pretty Neat VR shows how other characters react to the buildings on fire before they collapse.

[Some people may find the video disturbing.]



Some of the scenes can be difficult to watch. In one scene, lights and tiles crash down in an office when the plane crashes into the building.
Other scenes include watching in-game characters jump from windows to their death. The game even offers an option for users to make their character jump out of a window.

Many media outlets around the world say people are disgusted and enraged that anyone would choose to put out a game like this.

The makers of the game say there is nothing distasteful about the user experience, according to news.com.au.

The game is available for free as long as the user claims to be at least 18 years old.

The game took three months to develop in collaboration with two actors for both voice and motion capturing.

The game is a student project for the French school ENJMIN and not a commercial game, according to Tech Insider. A project where members used research in order to try to properly recreate the atmosphere and dynamics within the top floors of the towers.

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