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Raid over Moscow panel

Raid Over Moscow is a computer game for the Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum, Enterprise 128 and Apple II family by Access Software published in Europe by U.S. Gold. It was also released under the title Raid.

Released during the Cold War era, Raid Over Moscow is an action game in which the player (an American space pilot) has to stop three Soviet attacks on North America, then fight his way into and destroy Moscow's nuclear facility.

Curiously, the game is famous in Finland for the political effect its content had. A Communist-affiliated member of the Finnish parliament went as far as to make a parliamentary question about whether it is acceptable to sell the game. The resulting debate and publicity made the game a top seller in the country after that.

The Raid Over Moscow panel at Alternative Party will discuss the events around the game and how it created an international conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union.

The panel will be chaired by digital culture researcher, doctor Petri Saarikoski from the University of Turku. Read the interview with Petri Saarikoski (in Finnish).

Raid over Moscow Panel, Friday at 21 at theAlternative Party 2011 main stage, Merikaapelihalli.