There have been a ton of war games over the years, but this will be the first one that tackles the most recent wartime events.
According to the LA Times , Konami has announced Six Days in Fallujah , a game that focuses on the Iraqi town where 38 U.S. troops and around 1,200 insurgents lost their lives. The idea came from a video filmed by U.S. Marines upon their return home, and it's a sign of the times that, instead of contacting a movie studio, they got in touch with a game studio: Atomic Games. The Raleigh-based company specializes in making combat simulation software for the military, so it seems like a perfectly logical move. And as the article says, "today's warriors are more likely to pick up a game controller than a paperback." Said Mike Ergo, a U.S. Marine who was actually in Fallujah and is a consultant for the game:
"Video games can communicate the intensity and the gravity of war to an audience who wouldn't necessarily be watching the History Channel or reading about this in the classroom. In an age when everyone's always online or playing games, people's imaginations aren't what they were, sadly. For this group, books may not convey the same level of intensity and chaos of war that a game can."
Obviously, the player will assume the role of a Marine in Fallujah when everything went to hell, and we'll get to experience the realistic intensity of the battle. Atomic Games will also include the actual guns and explosives the troops used, so you can bet it'll be accurate to call Six Days in Fallujah a simulator. You can learn a lot more about it if you visit the Times link above; we'll bring you more details when they become available.
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