International Politics + Gaming Forum = Hilarity

So I’m posting on boards.1up.com today, when I come across a thread that asks if it is right or wrong to play a game based on the Iraq war/GWoT.

Short answer, No.

Long answer, No, but that doesn’t mean developers will actually make them. As I intimated in the thread, those are dark and dangerous waters inhabited exclusively by things designed to kill you. Even a respectful game that takes an evenhanded look at both sides and tells a story with the utmost respect to everyone involved, that is to say, a perfectly done Iraq Game, would get endless flak from at least 20% of the population.

Why?

Politics. You can’t please anyone when it comes to this sort of politically-charged topic. Why have there been acres of World War 2 games and almost zero Vietnam War games? We all agreed on World War 2, and we can certainly all agree on its righteousness in retrospect. Well, everyone who isn’t a white supremacist that is. And the white supremacist demographic is a historically marginalized one in the field of global marketing and sales.

Vietnam and Iraq will never be suitable topics for game makers to approach with rationality, because the divisions are too deep and bitter. Revisionists will inevitably say the same thing about Iraq that they said about Vietnam after the fact. “We would have got the job done had we just stayed in there and got the job done!”

Its hard even for me to bring it up without falling into the political us v. them aspect of it all. There is nothing at all wrong with any aspect of making an Iraq game. It just isn’t good business.

P.S. How did that thread end, again? Yeah, someone called me a traitor. And then I laughed. Serious fucking business on this here internets.

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