Games based on in-game events are often based on realistic celebrations, and play within the confines of their own game world. A live service game set over centuries in the future where religion plays no part in the story will have an annual winter event much like Christmas – engaging players all over the world even if they don’t celebrate the holiday. However, Ramadan and Eid, events celebrated and celebrated by Muslims – the second largest religious population on the planet – are often overlooked.
Ramadan is an Islamic lunar month in which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset – with prayer, charity, patience and self-reflection. It is spent with the local and larger Muslim community, where people gather to strengthen their bonds and, at the end of the fast, indulge in food specially prepared for Ramadan. The month ends with a celebration called Eid al-Fitr where the day begins with a festive hug and prayer, followed by a day of jubilation.
There were subtle efforts to include Muslim celebrations in games: Overwatch added Ramadan-themed lantern sprinklers, Horizon Forbidden West signaled Eid al-Fitr with a light show of lanterns and crescent moons, and Player-led Animal Crossing was where Muslims practiced a social gathering. away, and Fortnite announced a file The Lantern Festival inside the game is inspired by Ramadan.
To celebrate Ramadan in the gaming community a little more, as well as shed light on how games can identify one of the most important events in Muslim culture, GameSpot has collected bite-sized tales from Muslim game developers who shared what Ramadan means to them. Games and their ideas in the application of Ramadan in games. They offered their views on how the game industry should recognize Ramadan – some hope to see Ramadan happen in-game, while others want the game industry to engage in the core practices of Ramadan – but some developers shared memorable moments:
“I would like to see a focus on the core values of Ramadan and other Islamic celebrations, especially in terms of giving to those in need and connecting with your community. Getting sales where the proceeds go to help those who need it, hosting charitable flows, or giving away may be the collaborative goals of the gaming community that To be pursued as a whole are some of the ways I like studios to deal with it. Bilal Arshad, Narrative Designer at Respawn
“Personally I feel that it would be great if more games were introduced in Ramadan! However, I don’t think it is as straightforward as implementing Ramadan like how other events are generally handled in games, where Ramadan is a month of meditation Self and charities are at the fore. With that in mind, I think a great starting point would be to spread today’s message to players at the beginning and end of Ramadan; which you consider a normal time of the year especially for Muslims!” – Hasban (Mcdoogleh), independent game developer
“It is difficult to tell those who have never lived in a Muslim-majority country how festive Ramadan really is. It is a time for togetherness, even if you are not religious. So we need to communicate the appeal of creating Ramadan-themed events in games, that can relate to Order decorative lights and evening feasts instead of trying to find a way to make the NPCs look hungry.” – Karim Schumann, Artistic Dialogue Designer at Bungie
“From a relatively small gaming community, what Ramadan means is an opportunity for collaboration and encounters. During Ramadan, our local industry [in Cairo, Egypt] He’s more eager to expand, and everyone seems to be on common ground.” — Nourhan Al Sharif, Senior Game Developer at Instinct Games, Board Member at Global Game Jam
“I have been eagerly waiting for the day when Ramadan is celebrated in games along with other holidays! Above all, Muslims want to feel normal, rather than feel like others. Sharing our joy and spreading it around the world would help. in achieving this goal in a big way!” – Osama Dourias, Senior Partner Relationship Manager at Unity
It only started to bother me a few years ago, when I realized Animal Crossing spends every holiday there but not Ramadan. It was a reminder that my holidays are different – something I always realized when I grew up as a Muslim in the Netherlands, but felt avoided at the Games. I think it’s good for the games not to celebrate the holidays at all, but it’s disappointing that there’s everything from Mardi Gras and Easter to Chinese New Year and the cherry blossom festival at the games, but not Ramadan – it’s the biggest event of the year only 2 billion people out there . – Ramy Ismail, Freelance Game Developer, Consultant, and Spokesperson
“When people talk about representation in games, I often feel like the discussion is limited to content and imagination. I didn’t realize how much I needed representation on the development team too until I had it. Nobody on my team beats an eye when I share my post-Suhoor recordings. “Ramadan Mubarak” is clouded by controversy This is a space for understanding and empathy, and once we do that among ourselves, we can offer our whole hearts to our imaginary worlds as well. This is Ramadan for me.” – Sarah Al Fakih, Creative Director and Co-founder of One More Multiverse
“During Ramadan fasting, your mind becomes wired in a certain way, and the games, being immersive experiences, play interesting tricks on your tired mind. Before many Ramadans I was playing Skyrim during the day (these things happen!) I spent a long period of my playing time abstaining About food and drink to heal my character of habit. Just when I wondered “Hmm, does a healing spell spoil my fast or not?” I got out of this autopilot mode. Nothing wakes you up faster than a silly moral puzzle, right?” – Dinga Pakaba, Co-Creative Director of Arkane Lyon
“Most of the mainstream games we’ve seen are either Western games or Japanese games, so you rarely see any representation of Muslims and Ramadan in games that aren’t used as the environment for a war-torn map in a shooting game or the enemies you’re supposed to kill. It would really mean a lot if we could finally see how to play Ramadan is actually in the games, and also not only by the Arab communities, where there are many different Muslim ethnicities, like us Southeast Asians. I’m sure there are similarities but there is also a very different way of celebrating.” – Our Cute Legs, Managing Director at Persona Theory Games
“Ramadan is a beautiful time of the year and is often celebrated in different ways depending on the cultural background. Carrying out Islamic celebrations in games would be a great way to showcase popular holidays that are not often portrayed in the media. Perhaps, it will finally give us a chance to showcase some of the wonderful foods from Suana cultures.” – Son M., Studio Director and Co-Founder of Perfect Garbage
“I would love that we not celebrate Ramadan in games in the same consumerist way that we do at Christmas for example. It does not fit in the spirit of this holy month. Instead, I would rather use this occasion to celebrate the games that characterize different Islamic cultures in a non-oppressive way – unfortunately, These are very rare. Or I could see something like a Ramadan package that would raise money and redistribute it to communities in need around the world.” – Younes Rabie, independent developer and game researcher