While the real bin Laden may have eluded capture, his virtual likeness has not, with an endless stream of Web sites and emailed jokes, games and pictures allowing keyboard cowboys to shoot, bomb or just ridicule the man Washington accuses of masterminding last month's attacks.
New York based company CyberExtruder (www.cyberextruder.com) said it had seen a massive surge in users since it created a virtual copy, or "skin," of bin Laden that can be downloaded and imported onto a range of video games.
Company chief executive Larry Gardner told Reuters that the bin Laden character has been downloaded more than 120,000 times since it was posted on September 25 -- with less than a dozen complaints from people who thought the "skin" in bad taste.
By popular demand, the company has also posted likenesses of a camouflage-clad U.S President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- the two principal Western warriors in the terror crackdown -- so users can organize their own global war.
At www.twistedhumor.com, players of "Yo Mamma, Osama" head to the desert to hunt bin Laden with rockets and cannonballs.
Twistedhumor's marketing manager Jason Day said the game had been downloaded more than 100,000 times in its first 12 hours and was on track to be one of the net's most downloaded files.
News source: Reuters
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