A Student of History

November 23, 2007

New War Video Game Controversial

Filed under: The past that is still with us,Wars — John Maass @ 1:09 pm

 

From the IHT:

A new video game that invites players to rewrite the course of Spain’s devastating civil war has touched a nerve in a country that is often reluctant to revisit its past, let alone play with it.

Shadows of War” bills itself as the first video game based on the 1936-39 war, which erupted after right-wing forces loyal to Francisco Franco staged a coup against the elected Republican government. It went on sale in Spain on Thursday in the midst of a bitter debate about how to deal with the country’s past, prompted by a new law that would authorize reparations to civil war victims and ban monuments to Franco.

Even before it hit the stores, the game drew criticism from both sides of the political spectrum as a divisive trivialization of a war whose wounds, for many Spaniards, have yet to heal.

More here…..

The game description per a gaming review on-line is:

Europe, 1936. The Old Continent is still recovering from the wounds inflicted on its territories by the worst armed conflict Humanity has ever witnessed. In the meantime, a new shadow is rising to threaten the newly-established balance of power. Should nobody stop it, the consequences could change the path of history for ever…

Rely on five heroes of different nationalities, each of them with their own background and agenda, and with a future which depends upon your abilities as strategist. Thanks to the unique skills of your commanders, you will be able to decide the fate of the German and Italian armies or the vast Russian troops, among others.

You are Europe’s only shadow of hope. Don’t let the World be engulfed by the Shadows of War!

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