Go On (Counter) Strike

Even before the first round was fired in Atari's 'Combat' (for the 2600 console), war games were established as a driving force in interactive entertainment. Those familiar with the exploitable quirks in the old Atari games know that game intervening was simultaneously established. 'Banner-Strike,' a collaborative effort of the Banner Art Collective and Velvet-Strike, is a contest for innovative 'digital graffiti' that critically addresses the likely war in Iraq. The contest asks for images to be used as on-line banners and Counter-Strike 'sprays.' Deadline is 16 April, 2003. -- Ryan Griffis