“It is the first game to focus directly on Operation Iraqi Freedom, mainly the Second Battle of Fallujah. The game follows a squad of U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 1st Marines over the span of six days,” it says.
And ‘was’ is indeed the operative word because owner Japanese Konami Digital Entertainment has yanked it.
“Shortly after the announcement of the game, Six Days in Fallujah has been met with criticism by war veterans from the United Kingdom as well as a U.K. peace group, Stop the War Coalition,” says the Wikipedia, going on »»»
Reg Keys, father of slain Red Caps Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, stated that “Considering the enormous loss of life in the Iraq War, glorifying it in a video game demonstrates very poor judgement and bad taste… These horrific events should be confined to the annals of history, not trivialised and rendered for thrill-seekers to play out… It’s entirely possible that Muslim families will buy the game, and for them it may prove particularly harrowing. Even worse, it could end up in the hands of a fanatical young Muslim and incite him to consider some form of retaliation or retribution
Tim Collins, a former lieutenant colonel of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, shared a similar disposition. Collins stated, “It’s much too soon to start making video games about a war that’s still going on, and an extremely flippant response to one of the most important events in modern history. It’s particularly insensitive given what happened in Fallujah, and I will certainly oppose the release of this game.”
“After seeing the reaction to the videogame in the United States and hearing opinions sent through phone calls and e-mail, we decided several days ago not to sell it,” Asahi Shimbun has Konami saying, adding:
“We had intended to convey the reality of the battles to players so that they could feel what it was like to be there.”
Konami had planned to put the game on sale in or after 2010.
Asahi Shimbun – Konami drops ‘Fallujah’ game, April 28, 2009
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