Thursday, December 17, 2009

Anti-Freeze Oriented Online Game. Settlement Freeze, That Is

A guy named Ami Hanya from Petah Tikva has created a Macromedia Flash game to fight against the settlement freeze in his own unique way.

You can play the game below or or on the original hosted site . Click where it says "משחק חדש" (New Game) to start playing.

Basically, you have to protect the 145 (according to Mr. Hanya; of course, 25 of those are illegal outposts not recognized by the Israeli government) settlements from Bibi and Barak as they drop ice cubes. You have to spear the ice cubes to break them.

As someone who at least before college (and still is, on train rides) was a major gamer, I have to say, it's really not very good. On the other hand, I've never been the biggest fan of Flash games.

As a political statement, it's interesting. Particularly the 145 settlement part-what are the 25???

I played through a bunch of times to see which settlements came up. A quasi-pseudo-random number generator seems to have been used to choose the order of the settlements (the reason I call it quasi is that, as an aspiring cryptographer who should really be working on reading papers/writing his research instead of this, true pseudo-random number generators aren't generally used in random number generation libraries), so by running it a few times, I can find most of them.

After a huge amount of time, I got a surprising result. Several legal settlements do not seem to be present. Settlements left (after finding 136) include Beitar Illit, Modi'in Illit, Ariel, Ma'ale Adumim, Kedumim, Karnei Shomron and Kiryat Arba

it seems he (I suppose appropriately) left out the ones that do have current construction going on [the construction that began before the freeze], while including a whole bunch of illegal outposts in the West Bank and evacuated settlements from Gaza and northern Samaria-but not, for whatever reason, from the Sinai.


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