Six Days in Fallujah Could Be First In a Series

Six Days in Fallujah Could Be First In a Series

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Atomic Games boss Peter Tamte has said that the studio could make more games focusing on the stories of soldiers taking part in other conflicts around the world.

Almost a year ago to the date, Konami backed out of publishing Atomic Games' Six Days in Fallujah, a very controversial game based on the Second Battle of Fallujah during the war in Iraq, based off of the stories and testimonies of actual servicemen who fought in the engagement. Despite fiscal struggles at Atomic, a source claimed in March that Fallujah was completed and ready for release as soon as the studio could find a publisher.

Speaking with IncGamers, Atomic president Peter Tamte said that the controversy around the title had at least one positive impact - it brought the game to the attention of people in various armed forces around the world, who contacted the studio in turn.

"[T]here are stories from across the world, and we got involved with Six Days in Fallujah because of our relationship with specific marines who served in that particular engagement," said Tamte. "As a result of Six Days in Fallujah, we actually have been contacted by people from across the world and other services and there are certainly other stories that are begging to be told."

It's an interesting proposition, to be sure. During Tamte's keynote at last year's Triangle Game Conference, he said that the studio had initially been approached by Marines who wanted to tell their stories through the media with the deepest role in their lives - videogames. Why wouldn't there be many more men and women in different branches of the military - or even fighting under entirely different flags - who felt the same way?

If Fallujah ever does come out, and I hope it will - and if it's a good game - would you like to see more like it?

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I'd like to see more games set in smaller conflicts, definitely. I know mah buddy Furburt would be all over a game about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Hell, he'd probably write it.

It looks interesting, certainly, but looking at the early videos, I was quite underwhelmed. Far from being a realistic war shooter, it looked more like Freedom Fighters with a liberal dose of Gears Of War. However, it's entirely possible that all that is dealt with and it could turn out to be a good game.

The whole controversy about it is bizarre though. How can it possibly be disrespectful if it was designed with the consent and assistance of marines who partook in the battle? I don't understand it. Surely, by that logic, every war game ever made is disrespectful too?

UnableToThinkOfName:
I'd like to see more games set in smaller conflicts, definitely. I know mah buddy Furburt would be all over a game about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Hell, he'd probably write it.

Oh hells yeah. That game being released would be a dream for me, it's probably the part of recent history I'm most interested in. Of course, you'd have to be able to play as all sides, or there'd be uproar, but get past that, and it's fertile ground for a tense tactical shooter. Hell, maybe add some RTS elements.

I honestly can't wait for this,I hope it will be good,so it can kill mw2 *throws another dagger at a mw2 picture on wall*

Looks good, but as Furburt said, I don't understand how it's so controversial, since it was made with the consent and assistance of those involved.

Furburt:
It looks interesting, certainly, but looking at the early videos, I was quite underwhelmed. Far from being a realistic war shooter, it looked more like Freedom Fighters with a liberal dose of Gears Of War. However, it's entirely possible that all that is dealt with and it could turn out to be a good game.

The whole controversy about it is bizarre though. How can it possibly be disrespectful if it was designed with the consent and assistance of marines who partook in the battle? I don't understand it. Surely, by that logic, every war game ever made is disrespectful too?

Its a battle thats fairly recent compared to other battles. Modern Video games have fictional battles. There are still people in the military today who fought at Fallujah.

I have no problems with it, but, some people think its still too soon.

I never got the controversy, but I know I'd probably buy it.

Furburt:
The whole controversy about it is bizarre though. How can it possibly be disrespectful if it was designed with the consent and assistance of marines who partook in the battle? I don't understand it. Surely, by that logic, every war game ever made is disrespectful too?

I think it was concerns over it being "Too realistic" or some bullshit like that.

baseracer:

Its a battle thats fairly recent compared to other battles. Modern Video games have fictional battles. There are still people in the military today who fought at Fallujah.

I have no problems with it, but, some people think its still too soon.

I can sort of understand that, but the controversy seems to be focused on its portrayal of American soldiers, which is odd, because they helped develop it.

Why is it controversial?

If it was a documentary there'd be no problem. Here's a hint game-haters: not all games are about scoring the most kills and getting the most points!

If this report is anything to go by, plenty of soldiers agree with the idea.

I'd buy it. To be honest, it sounds awesome.

I'd imagine that not every single marine that fought in Fallujah took part in the development of this game, so saying it was done 'with their consent' is somewhat one-sided.

None the less, I would still play it provided it was done respectfully to both sides.

Its nice to see people are willing to branch out to other conflicts in the world...now only if it wasnt so USA-Centric...you got alot of other conflicts which can be explored

Cpt_Oblivious:
Looks good, but as Furburt said, I don't understand how it's so controversial, since it was made with the consent and assistance of those involved.

"We do not talk about the war!"

I was very excited about the concept, especially if it showed how emotionally destructive the war could be, rather than, "Hehe, we've got guns, let's shoot some foreign people!"

I am intrigued with this game I hope they find a publishing company

I really do hope this turns out okay and they do proceed with more games based on experiences of military forces (not just US since they do mention that they were approached by people worldwide). It sounds like a very interesting idea.

I was actually looking forward to this game, hopefully they can reboot it...

I know a ex-ranger who went through the hell in Mogadishu when we were pulling out. I think based on his stories that could make for a compelling game. Especially considering the present day fallout of the lawlessness in Somalia.

A game based on the crazy Six Day war between Isreal and basically the entire arab world might be interesting if just for how frantic it could be. An entire war wrapped up in the same time frame as the previous Fallujah game. It would be a lot more controvercial than even Six Day's, though.

They should make a game about the purging out of the communists in Nanking by Kai-shek and the following Long March(from the CCP perspective, you cannot glorify the Nationalists at all with what they did), the PRC might even let them publish it in China.

wouldnt it be crazy if people made a survival horror game like this. the horror would all be psychological but it would be intense and an eye opener for alot of younger people I know who are planning on joining the armed services

I thought this was a great idea. Taking a battle hardly anyone knows about and showing it from the perspective of those who fought there to not only raise awareness of the battle but to give people back home an idea about what war is really like. Movie do this all the time.

But it's a video game, no no, bad Atomic Games, very bad boy.

The fact Atomic still made the game without a publisher shows the committment they feel to the soldiers that fought and died there. So you know what? I will deffinately buy this game if only because of that.

I salute you Atomic.

Yeah if tis a good game i don't see why there shouldn't be a sequal but the studio is billing it as a survival horror/action game and that doesn't strike a happy note when something is going for realism.

Furburt:

Oh hells yeah. That game being released would be a dream for me, it's probably the part of recent history I'm most interested in. Of course, you'd have to be able to play as all sides, or there'd be uproar, but get past that, and it's fertile ground for a tense tactical shooter. Hell, maybe add some RTS elements.

I believe counter-strike tried this with horrible failure.

Id buy it
I think this is a good way to honor our troops

Furburt:

baseracer:

Its a battle thats fairly recent compared to other battles. Modern Video games have fictional battles. There are still people in the military today who fought at Fallujah.

I have no problems with it, but, some people think its still too soon.

I can sort of understand that, but the controversy seems to be focused on its portrayal of American soldiers, which is odd, because they helped develop it.

Because in this country (this country being America) it's apparently wrong to think of our soldiers as anything other than perfect godlike beings instead of you know, humans with flaws like anybody else.

I'm sure that's not entirely the reason this game was getting a lot of controversy but at the same time it's what I'd gravitate towards. The way the media played up the herosim of Jessica Lynch (who herself even said they got a lot of things wrong about what happened when she was captured) comes to mind as how the American media tends to handle things unless the war gets Veitnam-levels of unpopular.

they should make a game of my adventures when i walk to mcdonalds

baseracer:

Furburt:
It looks interesting, certainly, but looking at the early videos, I was quite underwhelmed. Far from being a realistic war shooter, it looked more like Freedom Fighters with a liberal dose of Gears Of War. However, it's entirely possible that all that is dealt with and it could turn out to be a good game.

The whole controversy about it is bizarre though. How can it possibly be disrespectful if it was designed with the consent and assistance of marines who partook in the battle? I don't understand it. Surely, by that logic, every war game ever made is disrespectful too?

Its a battle thats fairly recent compared to other battles. Modern Video games have fictional battles. There are still people in the military today who fought at Fallujah.

I have no problems with it, but, some people think its still too soon.

*Sigh*
There is a funny story about this. February of 2004 my unit was on what we call "ACM" meaning that we were prepared to be rapid-deployed with our unit being under-way in less than an hour. A pesky coup comes up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and we get shipped over there, and very shortly after that there is an urgent call for our unit to be deployed to participate in the battle for Fallujah... only we were no longer on base ready to deploy since we had already been sent to Haiti. So what ends up happening is another battalion (1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, my unit was 3rd Battalion) in our regiment is sent over there to make history as we rage at the fact that our participation in Haiti only ever got about one mention on CNN (In the bottom scrolling text banner of all things). Our unit ended up relieving 1/8 and spending the next 7 months patrolling post-battle Fallujah and its outlying villages. Just think, if that Haiti fiasco didn't happen then I'd have a video game about me.

Acidwell:

I believe counter-strike tried this with horrible failure.

What, Northern Ireland? Was that that terrible Counter Strike Zero game?

I mean do it well.

REALISTIC shooters? Fuck yeah, I'd very much like to see it.

Furburt:

Acidwell:

I believe counter-strike tried this with horrible failure.

What, Northern Ireland? Was that that terrible Counter Strike Zero game?

I mean do it well.

Yeah it was fairly funny though, but a properly done one would be interesting.

I don't understand what all the fuss is about? Surely if it's unacceptable to do a war game set in Iraq, then it's not ok to do one set in WW2? Yet I recall there being no controversy about that. If the soldiers themselves are collaborating then there is surely no problem.

EDIT: Also, as someone has already mentioned, there have been movies about the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, where soldiers from the conflicts still survive to this day.

I remember there was a big stink about MW2's 'controversial' scene/level and actually thought it was rather tame. Can this game be any worse than something like that? I'm not sure as its really down to the individual.

However if servicemen actually approached the developers, then I think their story should be told.

 

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