As long as I’ve been playing games, I’ve found those that take place in real-life historical periods to be among the most interesting. As a child, I lost many hours to the likes of Age of Empires and Titanic: Adventure Out of Time because they were magical doorways to epochs that had come before. They didn’t really educate me about the specifics of their respective time periods, but they got me to open history books and learn more about the past.
As the credits rolled for 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, an interactive adventure set during the Iranian revolution, I felt that same old urge stirring within me, and spent an hour reading up on the revolution that forms the context for the game. Black Friday is not edutainment or an interactive documentary, but is an adventure game centered around fictional characters in a real-life event. You play a photographer named Reza who returns to Iran after some time in Germany to find his homeland engulfed in political strife. Soon Reza is drawn into the conflict by friends and family and is forced to choose allegiances and determine the role he is to play in the revolution.