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Saudi girls can finally drive … in a video game backed by a Saudi prince

By WITW Staff on May 24, 2015

The revolution is coming … and by that we mean the video game, Saudi Girls Revolution. The mobile video game will feature Saudi Arabian women who speed around on motorcycles to fight the nefarious leaders of an Arabian Empire in a dismal, post-apocalyptic world. The company NA3M will make the game, and NA3M’s founder and chief executive is Saudi Arabian Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, the king’s brother’s grandson. Saudi women are notoriously banned from driving cars, and those who are caught doing so could face detention for more than 70 days. Prince Fahad, who graduated from Stanford and has worked at Facebook, grew up playing games with inspiring women like Tomb Raider, and he hopes Saudi Girls Revolution will “inspire women to see themselves in roles that are equal to men.” The game will spotlight eight abaya-clad Power Ranger-like heroines with unique backgrounds, including twins who oppose religious sectarianism and a gay woman. “If we can tell people stories about women driving, maybe they will, maybe it will actually happen,” he said. Let’s hope so! The game is slated for release on app stores sometime later this year.

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.