A Washington Dc based civil rights and advocacy group for Muslims is currently asking for Valve, Microsoft, and Sony to refuse to sell the Six Days in Fallujah. An upcoming FPS title.
And why do they want these companies to refuse to distribute this game you might ask. It is because the Six Days in Fallujah is based on the Second Battle of Fallujah, one of the bloodiest battles in the Iraq War.
Huzaifa Shahbaz, the CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator explained “We call on Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from hosting Six Days in Fallujah, an Arab murder simulator that will only normalize violence against Muslims in America and around the world,” in a statement.
“The gaming industry must stop dehumanizing Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify violence that took the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq war, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life.”
This is not the first time that this project faced controversies. This game was originally announced in 2009. But these kinds of protests led to Konami stepping out from this project. And after Konami stepped out, the developer studio Atomic Games was not able to find another publisher for their project. After a while, the developer studio went out of business in 2011. But its website remained. After almost 12 years, Six Days in Fallujah surprisingly re-announced. The development of the game is now in hands of a new studio, Highwire Games. And their new publisher is The Victuria, a company founded by former Atomic Games CEO Peter Tamte.
The developer and publishers explained that this is a thoughtful project that will make us see how this war affected the soldiers and the civilians. And it will have some documentary segments on many tough topics, like the political decisions that led to this war. And the aftermath of these battles.
What do you think about this really controversial game, are you one of the people who think that these kinds of battles that affected peoples lives this way should not be in the videogame industry, or are you one of the people who think that this kind of documentary-styled games are not that much harmful and they are good for showing how bad these wars affect people.