According to Replay Studios, Survivor
will be a computer game that will allow people to "experience the most dramatic disasters of the 20 - 21th century in independent game episodes."
The goal will be not only to virtually experience these disasters, but also to see if you could survive them. Here are some of the scenarios gamers will be able to play: Hiroshima, the Titanic, Hurricane Andrew, and (of course) 9/11. Replay Studios seems to be a legitimate game developer, so I'm almost certain that the game is real. But the inclusion of 9/11 does seem odd, especially since there was a previous 9/11 Survivor game
from last year that turned out to be a hoax/art project. This article
about the game notes that "The very inclusion of the World Trade Centre terrorist attack is bound to offend a great many people, but Replay makes the valid point that this game is entirely about rescuing people, saving human lives and surviving."
Right. I'm sure it won't occur to any gamers to shoot every virtual person in their path in order to escape.
No sincerity here. Just irreverent greed.
I mean, really, regardless of the setting - be it real or imaginary - wouldn't it actually be NICE to have more games purely about HELPING people rather than blasting them all to hell? Just because it's set at the WTC at 9/11 shouldn't diminish that.
This will send the subconscious message to the people who play it that things like that happen all the time, no biggie. So a Survive 9/11 is not only offensive, it's also anti-American.
And how is it un-American to go through the game helping people? If you were a terrorist running around putting slugs in the heads of survivors, I could see how that would be horrible, but pulling together to save folks? If you give such a hero's welcome to the firefighters, police, and average citizens who did so in real life, why the total and complete opposite reaction to trying to set up the situation in a simulation?
Plus, there are plenty of folks around from the Desert Storm era, yet they make plenty of Desert Storm war games, and have since shortly after the conflict resolved. And there are still a good number of folks from the Vietnam period who still haven't coped with that particular police action, yet they still pump out Vietnam war games, no problem.
I highly doubt anyone with some sense to 'em will get the idea that things like 9/11 happen all the time, no biggie, anyway. Folks don't take vidgames as historical writ, after all. Otherwise, no one would have gotten in such a big snit as they did over the latest scuffle in the Middle East, because all the police action and war games would have taught them that THAT sort of stuff happens all the time.
It's a game. Kids still play cops & robbers & cowboys & indians...I don't really like violoent games...games w/ guns or fighting. I would have to play a game before allowing my child to play with it. I think it's really more a decision each person would have to make on their own.
Besides...what's the difference between playing a game w/ violence & watching a movie w/ violence? There are lots of movies with terrorists in them...does that mean that someone is going to start a petition to get those movies banned? If you say no to one thing, you have to say no to it all.
YOU STUPID OLD PEOPLE, STOP WHINEING! THIS GAME WILL CRUSH YOU! THIS GAME IS AWESOME! NO-ONE IS GOING TO BAN THIS GAME! I WANNA SEE SOME FLESH, BLOOD, HARDCORE AND BRUTALITY! I WANNA SEE PEOPLE JUMPING ON TOP OF THE WTC!!
THIS GAME ROCKS!
That's enough excitement for you, young man...
We are currently working on a few other games, that doesn't concern "horror","disgusting","disgraceful" images. We are making it in the future.
This game, we are not making for violence. What about Medal Of Honor games, which goes back into history and basically gives you a 1st person shooter of what happened in the war? Well, this is what it is, but you SAVE people, not put "slugs" in there heads.
If players gain insight into the historical events portrayed, then it will be a good thing for gamers.
It's one's choice and to those who call it tasteless, I will remind you again.... IT IS A GAME. If you have a problem about violence in historical situations, then maybe try attacking the makers of medal of honour 1st.