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This Is No Joke -- Someone Actually Made A 9/11 Simulator

NOVEMBER 5, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

In the 14 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a lot of healing has happened for those who were in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville that day. As time goes on, people feel more and more comfortable sharing their harrowing stories from that fateful morning. Talking about it is no longer taboo, and many find that sharing their pain is all part of the healing process.

But whoever made this 9/11 simulator may have taken things too far.

A group of French university students created a 9/11 simulator for the Oculus Rift VR platform for their final project earlier this year.

In the program, you act as an employee in the North Tower on September 11.

You're dropped into the virtual world just moments before the plane strikes the building.

You then have to band together with several other workers to find a way out.

Needless to say, this simulation has ruffled some feathers and solicited quite a few condemnations.

Still, the creators stand by their work.

You can check out a demo of the program in the videos below. What do you think?

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(via Gothamist)

I can certainly understand the impulse to want to learn more about what happened on that day. But I also think it's a little disrespectful to essentially turn one of the most traumatic days in our country's history into a game.