Fans of Islamist propaganda and poor-quality graphics will be pleased to hear that Hezbollah has launched a sequel to its Special Force video game.

Special Force 2, which the Lebanese paramilitary organisation launched yesterday and is available for the equivalent of £5, is based on a real-life 34-day war that took place between Israel and Hezbollah forces last year. Players take on the role of a Mujahid - a Hezbollah soldier - and win points for destroying Israeli tanks and troops.

Sheikh Ali Daher, Hezbollah's media officer - yes, they've got a media officer - said: "This game presents the culture of the resistance to children: that occupation must be resisted and that land and the nation must be guarded."

Stirring stuff, if somewhat provocative. Well, extraordinarily provocative. And it seems unlikely that Special Force 2, which is produced by volunteers, will either top the sales charts in Tel Aviv or win any prizes for taste. But it's worth pointing out that this isn't the first openly propagandistic army simulation by any means - and we're not talking Special Force Part 1. America's Army, for example.

Winning points for recreating a bloody real-life conflict? Nasty. But we shouldn't base our judgements on the political affiliations of the makers.

(If you want to check out the graphics, take a look at these pictures, which are reportedly of Special Force 2.)

[Via Reuters]