Georgian police welcome virtual crime-fighters
Computer gamers can now join crime-fighters on the mean streets of Georgia with the help of a new all-action game produced by the former Soviet republic's police force.
The sometimes violent game is the first ever to be produced in Georgia, and is intended to publicise the ambitious reforms that have transformed the country?s once corrupt police force, an interior ministry spokesman said.
"We are proud of our police reform and the game is aimed at advertising it," the spokesman, Shota Utiashvili, told AFP.
The game is set amid a bank robbery and players can get involved in shoot-outs with criminals, high-speed car chases and hostage-taking scenarios.
"What makes the Georgian game different is that the player is a policeman, unlike other games where a player is identified with a criminal," Utiashvili said.
He pointed out that the US authorities have also helped to produce computer games in the past, with Pentagon involvement in battlefield simulation games.
Georgia has been widely praised for having turned a police force riddled with graft into one of the most trusted state agencies since the pro-Western administration of President Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in 2003.
The new game is available as a free download from the Georgian police website.
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