UNDER OCCUPATION: AGDAM COMPUTER GAME PRESENTED IN BAKU
Oct 8 2013
8 October 2013, 20:20 (GMT+05:00)
By Nigar Orujova
The second part of the first Azerbaijani 3D shooter computer game,
Under Occupation: Agdam, was presented in Baku on October 7.
Under Occupation: Shusha game about Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh
territories under Armenian occupation was first presented to the
Azerbaijani public in June 2012. The game was created by the youth
initiative group AzDimension.
While the first game’s missions took place in the ancient Shusha city,
the second game, which will be available in the next two weeks, will
represent Agdam city, precisely depicted by AzDimension from old
photos and maps. Thus, the group created a 3-dimension map of the city.
Agdam is abandoned and was ruined by Armenian troops during the
1990s war, with only one construction that is left, which is an old
Agdam mosque. It was once a city with 50,000 residents with developed
infrastructure, including winemaking, machine building plants and a
Nine missions, including a tank battle, will take place in the ghost
city streets, a military base, and a bazaar. The main goal of the
game is to liberate the city from the occupation.
The game has two time lines – the early 1990s, when the city was
occupied (June 1993), and a virtual future whereby Azerbaijani soldiers
fight to liberate the city.
The second game by AzDimension is outstanding in terms of improved
graphics and new special effects.
The game also includes modern Azerbaijani weapons, such as “Istiglal”,
“Zafar”, “T-90” and “Marauder”.
The game is being created in the frame of the implementation of the
state youth program for 2011-2015 and the ICT Year in Azerbaijan.
Under occupation: Agdam is expected to provide an opportunity
to explore the history of the country and positively affect the
military-patriotic education of Azerbaijani youth.
The AzDimension group includes eight young Azerbaijani programmers,
3D designers and visual effect artists, who created this national
“Call of Duty”. The music for the game was specially written by
composer Agshin Alizade.
According to the head of the development group, Farid Haqverdiyev,
their previous game was welcomed by the local youth.
In the next stage, it was decided to make the game more professional
and interesting. “The biggest difficulty was to create the game in
a one-year period,” he said.
Farid, who has played computer games since his childhood, while being
a student decided to create a game about Azerbaijani realities.
Now Farid is keen to continue creating shooter games.
Speaking at the presentation, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Intigam
Babayev said Agdam, which was ruined by Armenian invaders, is on the
list of the 20 ghost cities of the world. Babayev expressed belief
that along with the other occupied Azerbaijani regions Agdam will
soon be liberated and removed from the list.
According to Babayev, designing games on historical themes will be
continued, and another computer game is expected to be presented by
Deputy ICT Minister Elmir Velizade praised this youth initiative and
urged to implement such projects in the future. The ICT minister is
supporting this process, he said.
This free-of-charge game will be soon available at
Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally
recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent
regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus
neighbor that had caused a lengthy war in the early 1990s. The UN
Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal,
but they have not been enforced to this day.