TGC 2009: Peter Tamte Keynote

TGC 2009: Peter Tamte Keynote

Peter Tamte, the president of Atomic Games, breaks the silence about Six Days in Fallujah.

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I thought that Tamte's keynote was interesting, but it was definitely the bit about Fallujah that caught my attention.

I think that it's a game that needs to be made, to be honest. I believe that even more strongly after that presentation. Maybe they wouldn't have been able to pull it off, but I'm disappointed that unless things turn around, they may not get the chance to try.

CantFaketheFunk:
I thought that Tamte's keynote was interesting, but it was definitely the bit about Fallujah that caught my attention.

I think that it's a game that needs to be made, to be honest. I believe that even more strongly after that presentation. Maybe they wouldn't have been able to pull it off, but I'm disappointed that unless things turn around, they may not get the chance to try.

Exactly, this game would break down the wall that confines and designates gaming as "kid's stuff" to the general public. Then not only would it give the medium more respect but it would pave the way for more future meaningful projects similar to Fallujah. I hope theres a company out there that is brave enough to finish this with Atomic.

Hearing this only makes the news of Konami dropping Fallujah that much more devastating.

Surely there is a publisher that realizes the tremendous potential this game has?

Had this been any other medium there would be no controversy, but video games are seen in such a different light by the public, that any show of true meaningful addressing of anything serious is seen as heresy and trivialization.

Until a game like this is made, there is no argument for games as art, or games as anything except just that: games. Until they can not only be accepted as a mature medium, but fully embraced as one, we're just going to keep getting sequels to the same game over and over again. Imagine if films were the same. If we didn't get Schindler's List, instead we get Bangkok Dangerous 12. If studios were more concerned with making fancy remotes instead of actual films with some weight. Konami had a real chance here to say "No, this game is needed, so shut up and deal with it" but they backed down, as I'm sure will be the case for quite some time. Some small publisher needs to swoop in and pick it up and give it the longest leash they possibly can. This other news posting about the unconventional board games (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/6.110665) about the holocaust and slavery shows just how restrained video games are. A board game, the same medium as Dungeons and Dragons and Monopoly, can tackle some of the worst instances of human evil, yet a videogame can't even touch upon something that's obviously relevant to today without being branded the bloody anti-Christ.

hmm I cant say I was that surprised or disappointed when Konami said they were dropping it. Maybe if the PR ppl had actually said stuff about this rather than the crass line of its super serious but super entertaining too, Id have responded different. Can take that as a sign that even though some developers want to push the boundaries of the cultural significance of their games; the rest of the industry still hasnt really cottoned onto what that means.

There are so many publishers out there looking for AAA titles to release I am sure this will be picked up.

Sure some are going to hate it, but people will always hate it... ignore them and move on and release what I hope can only be a fitting tribute to men and women our age fighting for their lives in a foreign country.

The people that hate this game, and will speak out about it, will be the anti war peeps... so it is a biased hatred based on irrelevent theories. Family of those that died over there are obviously free to speak out, but again, this could be a movie and they would.

Bretty:
There are so many publishers out there looking for AAA titles to release I am sure this will be picked up.

Sure some are going to hate it, but people will always hate it... ignore them and move on and release what I hope can only be a fitting tribute to men and women our age fighting for their lives in a foreign country.

The people that hate this game, and will speak out about it, will be the anti war peeps... so it is a biased hatred based on irrelevent theories. Family of those that died over there are obviously free to speak out, but again, this could be a movie and they would.

"Biased hatred on irrelevant theories?" ... It was a damn immoral war, and same for the events that lead to the beginning of the invasion of Fallujah.

I won't have any respect for this game if all it delivers is another generic action game pretending to be "Mature". Gears of Fallujah, lol.

First let me say I am new to this site, having found you when I was voting for someone else on the Webby site. This topic is exactly the type of content I am interested in. Serious games. This game will be made regardless of its commercial potential. I have owned every Atomic game published and I am available as a playtester if any of you cats are reading this. I am a 46yo former Marine. Thanks Escapist!

Someone, please, pick up this game, don't let controversy kill a possible evolution of our medium.

 

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