Stupid war games
On the bus one day recently, I overheard a couple of college kids talking about videogames. This was a World War II “simulation” which allows the player to choose any country which participated in the war, and they were extolling the virtues of how wonderful it is to play as a fascist country such as Italy, Germany or Japan and declare war on a whim. This game was obviously developed by people who were not actually there, do not have a clue and I might even be so bold as to say they flunked history. It seems truly disgraceful that kids these days would get their history lessons from something potentially biased
I am a bit of a game designer myself, and I often find games too disturbing these days; there seems to be few regulations as to what can be produced. As the grandson of Leading Airman Vere M. Brydon, RCAF, a Second World War veteran, I know that these brave men fought for many freedoms, but out of respect, we should never treat war like it is a game or oversimplify it like this. I know Canada often wants the story to be told, but not like this.
I do not mind a little “Koopa stomping” or sometimes blasting robots as you might expect in classical Megaman, but I feel that perhaps this goes too far. I am not big on communism or censorship, but I also feel we do not have to be controversial just to attract attention to ourselves or that we should be in it only for the most money for the least effort.
Allistair Fraser, Halifax