Osama Bin Laden’s Video Game Library

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Osama bin Laden skin in Left 4 Dead 2

Can you imagine playing Counter Strike against Osama Bin Laden? Well, chances are you might have.

A while back the CIA published a list of things that the infamous terrorist had on his computer. Turns out among other things he was a gamer.


Counter-Strike

After being in the forefront of a real-life deadly war, one would think that Bin Laden would want to be free from guns and mayhem on his spare time.

Turns out, Bin Laden was also a fan of popular first-person shooting (FPS) game Counter-Strike, where players can choose to be soldiers or terrorists and battle in an urban setting.

The game also allows users to face off with one another online—meaning some players have actually encountered the dreaded terrorist without knowing it.

Half-Life

This equally popular FPS game similar to Counter-Strike but with a science-fiction theme takes place in a faux-nuclear facility, where players encounter several extra-terrestrial creatures.

Various Nintendo emulator games

Even Bin Laden couldn’t resist the allure of Mario and Luigi and the rest of the crew.

A bunch of bootleg copies—or emulators for PC—were found on his files including “Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time,” “New Super Mario Bros,” “Metroid Prime Hunters” and “Yoshi’s Island DS.”

Bin Laden also owned printed copies of  “Animal Crossing,” along with PC games “Zuma Deluxe,” “Sniper Elite” and “Nazi Zombie Army 2.”

Final Fantasy VII

Turns out, the then 54-year-old Saudi Arabian was also a fan of role-playing games, particularly “Final Fantasy VII.”

With a lot of time on his hands, it’s not hard to imagine Bin Laden immersing himself in “Cloud Strife “ and the rest of  the crew.

He also reportedly possessed the whole “Devil May Cry” series.

Dragon Ball Z titles

After messing with virtual guns, swords and mushroom-like creatures, Bin Laden also had the affinity for some good-old fashioned hand-to-hand combat.

Several titles of “Dragon Ball” games also helped him fight boredom while in exile.

Other fighting games like “Street Fighter 4: The Ties that Bind” and “Storm Rider – Clash of the Evils” were seen as well.

Erotic Games

The feared extremist also had a naughty side, as several pornographic games and videos were seen in his files as well.

The CIA, however, refused to reveal the titles due to some copyright content.

Johny

Johny (John-Erik) Krahbichler is the CEO and main author of Gadgetzz, since 2009. While Mr. Krahbichler's expertise is in consumer electronics, his true passion is science´, and educating the world about the universe we inhabit. Check out the non-profit Scientific Literacy Matters Currently Johny is using his experience from covering trade shows such as the CES, to work with trade show exhibition marketing.

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