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[new] Critical Games (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#1)
by TreborScholz on Mon May 5th, 2003 at 12:38:30 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Growing up in East Germany the only computer games that I ever heard of were on imported "West" computers. The paranoid East German government was highly suspicious of these silly little games as they suspected them to be installed in order to distract our workers: Games as weapons of the Cold War?
Today, games are usually the first thing I delete if I get a new computer- simply because I know that I will otherwise be glued to them for days. But recently I came across a few games that definitely sound remarkable. Your "Escape from Woomera" is definitely one of them. Do you know where I could get it? At the Future of War conference at the New School in NY on May 2 and 3 one panelist talked about realism in games like America's Army in comparison to the Syrian game Under Ash,that was accorrding to the panelist's description a Palestinian computer game showing the battlefield from the side of the Palestinians. A person in the audience asked why all these games, even if they demonstrate a degree of criticality, repeat the violence of war, the adrenaline of shooting seems necessary to these game creators. The audience member called for critical, engaging, non-violent games. An entire panel at The Future Of War was dedicated to "The Virtual Battlefield: Computer Gaming, Modeling and Simulations." Find out more on their site.
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