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Iranian group accuses 'Angry Birds Space' of being latest weapon in cyber war

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The Iran Computer & Video Games Foundation is demanding an explanation from Rovio.

Fry me to the moon
Fry me to the moon

An Iranian video gaming group is protesting what they call anti-Iranian levels in Rovio's popular sequel Angry Birds Space, and say the game is the latest volley in a soft war against their country.

An Iranian video gaming group is protesting what they call anti-Iranian levels in Rovio's popular sequel Angry Birds Space, and say the game is the latest volley in a soft war against their country.

The Iran Computer & Video Games Foundation sent a letter to Finnish developer Rovio this week objecting to what the organization calls the game's use of anti-Iranian levels in "Fry Me to the Moon." According to the translated letter, the planet featured in levels nine and ten of the expansion pack, feature a planet shaped suspiciously like the country. Level ten features a structure that looks a lot like Milad Tower, the tallest tower in the country.

The foundation says they are concerns that the levels, which have you knocking down the tower with space birds, inspire anti-Iran sentiments to players and that the game, developed in Finland, is part of the United States cyber war against their country.

The letter wraps up asking for a formal explanation of the design from the game's developers.

"Fry me to the Moon" is the third episode in Angry Birds Space and includes ten levels.

We've contacted the foundation for comment and will update this story when they respond.