Iran interactive games on display at world's biggest fair in Cologne

Cologne, Aug 6, IRNA -- Iranian computer and video games are being
showcased at GAMESCOM, the world's largest computer and video games exhibition in the German city of Cologne.

Topping the whole Middle East in terms of high quality production of computer and video games, Iran has been attending GAMESCOM for the seventh time, the spokesman of the Iranian government-run Computer & VIDEOGAMES FOUNDATION, Hadi Kafi told IRNA on the sidelines of the five-day Cologne fair which opened on Wednesday. A number of Iranian firms have displayed their products amid mounting international interest as a number of computer and video games have been nominated for top awards in places like Paris, France where the Iranian computer and video game PARVANEH was among the finalists. More than 200 Iranian computer and videogames have so far been produced for personal computer and mobile phones, according to Kafi. When it comes to the graphic design of computer and video games Iran is doing really well, however we need to make further improvements in the area game play. So far, some 15 Iranian computer and video games have been published internationally, he added. Kafi named 'Legends of Persia', 'Shadow Blade' , 'Khaleh Ghezi' and 'E-T Armies' as Iranian computer and video games which have made international headlines. 'E-T Armies' was picked as the best computer and video game in 2012 by users of a American website, specializing in video and computer games, Kafi pointed out. According to statistics released by Iran's Computer & VIDEOGAMES FOUNDATION, there are 46.8 million Internet users in Iran which constitute 44 percent of all Internet users in the Mideast. On the average, Iranians purchase two games per month. Heading the list of favorite genres among Iranian computer and video game players is sports with 36.8 percent followed by racing with 36.5 percent, fighting with 30.4 percent, shooting with 28.1 percent and adventure with 26.6 percent. Some 83.6 percents of Iranians playing computer and video games use the private computer or laptop followed by 51 percent of those using a mobile phone, 16.4 and 14.5 percent using games consoles and tablets. According to Kafi, there are around 18 million computer and video game players in Iran of whom 38 percent are women. The average age of Iranian interacative game players is 16 years, Kafi added. More than 700 exhibitors from over 40 countries are taking part at this year's GAMESCOM. The annual global turnover of computer and video games reached reportedly 86.6 billion US dollars last year. OT**1420