- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO (Agence France-Presse) Thousands of computerized Osama bin Ladens are taking a beating in cyberspace these days.
Computer-gaming enthusiasts have been busy since the mass murders of Sept. 11 downloading a digital likeness of accused terrorist bin Laden, and pasting his visage onto villains in violent, militaristic "shoot-'em-up" online games.
Over the past five days, more than 11,000 computer gamers have downloaded bin Laden's likeness.
"Frag his sorry [rear] all day and all night," brags the CyberExtruder site, which has published the likeness. "Nuthin' like a close up head shot to make ya feel better."
CyberExtruder, of New York, publishes software that allows users to put real-life faces on characters in computer games.
Co-founder and CEO Larry Gardner said he's shocked at the numbers of times his bin Laden character has been downloaded.
"We first sent it around in an e-mail to a few friends," said Mr. Gardner, whose company opened Aug. 1. "We started getting flooded with requests, so we posted it on the site."
Mr. Gardner said the company is busy readying bin Laden faces for Doom, Quake and other popular computer games.
They're also about to release a bin Laden face for the Sims, a series of computer games that simulate the care and nurturing of a digital family.
"Maybe people will want to put bin Laden in a box and starve him," chuckled Mr. Gardner.

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