How Does the Israeli-Gaza Conflict Affect Video Games?

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How Does the Israeli-Gaza Conflict Affect Video Games?

How does the Israeli-Gaza conflict intersect with gaming?

The video game industry is largely propped up by first-person shooters, and some of the most popular games in this genre are set in the Middle East. At the same time, players online fling racial and religious epithets at one another with a vulgarity one rarely sees in direct interpersonal communication. It would seem obvious that a major conflict in the Middle East would interact in some way with the games we play and how we play them. Similarly, it would stand to reason that the media we consume should affect how we view real world events.

Our sister site, Every Joe, has two opinion pieces on the intersection of gaming and the current Israeli-Gaza conflict. Daniel Epstein, contributor to Escapist series No Right Answer, explored his history with antisemitism in online gaming in the piece "How the Israeli-Gaza Conflict is Ruining Online Gaming". Epstein questions how gamers can be so comfortable using antisemitic remarks and how video games make player feel removed from conflict. Ultimately, he ask gamers to "not let a land dispute/terrorist war in one part of the world lead to widespread hatred for the peoples involved - especially in gaming, something that's supposed to be fun and bring us together."

An alternate view was posted by Ma'idah Lashani, former Escapist community manager, called "How Online Gaming is Exacerbating the Israeli-Gaza Conflict". Lashani reflects on her past with gaming, recognizing the similarities between the home of her ancestors and the battlefields of modern military shooters. She explores how gaming frames our perception of real world events and states "we need to think more as a society about the lessons that we're learning from the games that we play, and the effect that they can have on our perception of the real world."

The Israeli-Gaza conflict is already frequently discussed across the internet, including in the Escapist forums, and Epstein and Lashani's articles bring interesting perspectives to how this conflict intersects with gaming.

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I don't see how the israel/gaza conflict (which from my limtied understanding has effectively been going on for decades) will affect online shooters, just how the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi freedom really didn't prevent games from being set in the middle east and "insurgents" effectively became the next Russians when it came to generic evil bad guys in the years that followed. So apart from the next Call of Duty having a "Double XP for ever Palestinian school child you gun down" or drone strike missions over Gaza I doubt it will change anything.

That being said I also don't see how people are shocked by the use of racist, anti-semetic, sexist, homophobic or transphobic language being used in online gaming. Give anyone a microphone and a sense of free speech without repercussions and they'll spew the most hateful shit they can fathom. Online gaming, aside from games like MMOs and other games that focus on long term teamwork and community really never seemed like a place that was suppose to be civil.

DerangedHobo:
I don't see how the israel/gaza conflict (which from my limtied understanding has effectively been going on for decades) will affect online shooters, just how the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi freedom really didn't prevent games from being set in the middle east and "insurgents" effectively became the next Russians when it came to generic evil bad guys in the years that followed. So apart from the next Call of Duty having a "Double XP for ever Palestinian school child you gun down" or drone strike missions over Gaza I doubt it will change anything.

That being said I also don't see how people are shocked by the use of racist, anti-semetic, sexist, homophobic or transphobic language being used in online gaming. Give anyone a microphone and a sense of free speech without repercussions and they'll spew the most hateful shit they can fathom. Online gaming, aside from games like MMOs and other games that focus on long term teamwork and community really never seemed like a place that was suppose to be civil.

^Pretty much this. I remember Yahtzee making a remark in his Call of Duty 4 review about how the setting for the conflict went unnamed because the area fluctuates so much it could've been a waterpark by the time his video came out. Some things never change, there's violence in the middle east and people are dicks with microphones, those two things have been true forever and will no doubt continue to be true forever.

DerangedHobo:
I don't see how the israel/gaza conflict (which from my limtied understanding has effectively been going on for decades) will affect online shooters, just how the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi freedom really didn't prevent games from being set in the middle east and "insurgents" effectively became the next Russians when it came to generic evil bad guys in the years that followed. So apart from the next Call of Duty having a "Double XP for ever Palestinian school child you gun down" or drone strike missions over Gaza I doubt it will change anything.

Well to give you a hint, you'll probably be able to guess what the theme of the next MW, Arma, COD, BF, Ghost, etc games are gonna be.

That being said I also don't see how people are shocked by the use of racist, anti-semetic, sexist, homophobic or transphobic language being used in online gaming. Give anyone a microphone and a sense of free speech without repercussions and they'll spew the most hateful shit they can fathom. Online gaming, aside from games like MMOs and other games that focus on long term teamwork and community really never seemed like a place that was suppose to be civil.

Seriously? People are actually shocked by this? I mean what the people who first join online gaming?. You said it right, give people a means of communication where they do not have to worry about being smacked upside the head and you'd be surprised what comes out of them.

tbh i play video games to escape into worlds were things like "the Israeli-Gaza Conflict" either do not exist or a dealt with as part of a more idealised narrative.

i can really do without the insistence that RL be "reflected" in video games...

that's not why i play video games.

nor is why i visit a site called "The Escapist".

and i am not the least bit ashamed of my naked desire for simple "escapism"...

...thanks at least in part to the RL existence of shitty things like "the Israeli-Gaza Conflict"...

y'know the existence of the current "superhero boom" owes a lot to the new "unwinnable war" that is "the war on terror"...the fact the last one was at the height of the cold war...is not a coincidence...not according to psychologists at any rate...to the psychologists the publics interest in a possible superhuman "ender" figure is completely understandable...and *boom* Ironman played that particular card practically straight off the bat...in his very first on screen mission...

anyway i digress.

i'd prefer "RL" not pop up too often in video games.

"RL" will likely throw enough shit your way in time as it is.

BigTuk:
Well to give you a hint, you'll probably be able to guess what the theme of the next MW, Arma, COD, BF, Ghost, etc games are gonna be.

I really doubt that, not because it would be bad taste or wouldn't sell well (I mean you played one civillian murder simulator you played them all) but because Israel vs Gaza is A. a smaller scale conflict and B. They'd have to have serious balls to paint Israel as the big bad guy. A muslim with a shemagh on his head is an easy target after 9/11 but a game with any social commentary or "we might actually be the monsters here"? Nah, that doesn't really sell well (with the exception being The Line).

Seriously? People are actually shocked by this? I mean what the people who first join online gaming?. You said it right, give people a means of communication where they do not have to worry about being smacked upside the head and you'd be surprised what comes out of them.

I should of really prefaced that by saying I'm no different and that's really a blanket statement for all people. Some are just happier than others to throw civility out the window.

Yeah, I've seen certain people using protests against Israel as an excuse to post anti-Jewish sentiments. There are plenty of Jewish people both within Israel (mostly leftists) and without (for e.g. Jewish Voice for Peace) who are against how the war is being conducted.

Also pertinent is the systematic dehumanization and institutionalised racism being spearheaded by the Israeli government itself. The height of (sad, sad) irony was reached when right wing Jewish Israelis started wearing Neo-Nazi insignias.

RA92:
Also pertinent is the systematic dehumanization and institutionalised racism being spearheaded by the Israeli government itself. The height of (sad, sad) irony was reached when right wing Jewish Israelis started wearing Neo-Nazi insignias.

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." [1]

[1] as someone smarter than i posted in R&P the other day in relation to this very subject

I think it would be a bad choice of conflicts, both sides are at fault for the conflict by doing all the wrong things. Israel going over the 1949 border and all the settlements and Hamas pulling terrorist bullshit because of it and both sides just hate each other because of racism or whatever it is between middle east tribes. Both sides are wrong in the conflict and both share equal blame for every life lost. That's completely different than taking out a dictator who pulls an attempt at genocide whenever he feels like it. The conflict just isn't a good one to model a game off of, and just because games have been set in a desert with modern camo, weapons, and clearly middle eastern enemies does not mean it had anything to do with Israel, that is just projecting.

That's like asking "How does cancer affect movies?". I don't really care how it's affecting games, because I tend not to mix my discussions of video games with my discussions of complicated international conflicts. For very good reasons.

Honestly gaming is the last thing I care about in regards to the Israel-Hamas war.

...And in response to Dan's article, two people had this to say:

I remember a time when I was playing games in social circles among people who thought that sort of thing was funny. I don't want those years back.

Another war, another steady trickle of slurs. "Zipper-head", "Haji", "Sand nigger"...it makes me feel ill. Hopefully, with every disgusting utterance, more and more of us will turn our backs to this behaviour and those people who revel in it.

This is a disgustingly click-bait article trying to get some extra views out of the horrors happening in the Levant, even for the escapist.

Johnny Novgorod:
Honestly gaming is the last thing I care about in regards to the Israel-Hamas war.

It's not war it's a military superpower mass murdering innocent women and children because they just can and who can't run away because they have their backs to the sea and are walled in every other direction regardless of what Hamas are doing it pure unforgivable evil.

Deaths before Israel attacked in the previous 12 months = 4

Deaths after Israel attacked = 1900+

I'm honestly disappointed about how poorly this subject is broached in this article. It's a very deep and complicated conflict and yet we are treated to how it either exacerbating the very conflict itself (which is complete and utter bullshit, and I have zero love for the modern warfare style FPS and if they disappeared tomorrow I would not shed a tear) or ruining online gaming (which is ruined constantly by children who fling racial slurs instead of cooperate in an effective manner, though if it's not about Jews it's about any number of other hot button slurs that have to do with race, sexual preference, gender, body weight, etc).

I would dare say that just because someone uses a slur for Jews in the anonymity of their own home and online session, many are not actual antisemites. People say things to other people to be hurtful in many situation, which may include racial slurs, slurs against sexual orientation or any such thing. Nor would it stop bigots from existing if that were to disappear online altogether. And I don't care for the argument of, "it's a good start", because it's not a start at all.

I do appreciate some of the things presented in the individual views though. Especially Epstein's rather enlightened view on the whole conflict. I mean this part:

Not all Palestinians are Hamas
Not all Hamas are Palestinian
Not all Israelis are Jewish
Not all Jews are Israeli
Not all Israelis are happy with the attacks, or are even participating in them

It shows a level of critical thinking that is rare when the conflict is talked about. Judging by that he may understand that Zionism is not synonymous with Judaism, though many scholarly people have fought to make the reverse true.

The other article has some interesting points, but they writer assumes that Modern Shooters are an attempt to "indoctrinate" people in small steps, or at least the way it's presented in the writing. I find that my heartfelt opinion mostly falls on the side of the Palestinians since they are suffering so greatly at the hands of a government who can only do what they do because my government has armed Israel so well and even still persists on giving them billions of dollars annually. But I have little enthusiasm for conspiracy theories.

DerangedHobo:

BigTuk:
Well to give you a hint, you'll probably be able to guess what the theme of the next MW, Arma, COD, BF, Ghost, etc games are gonna be.

I really doubt that, not because it would be bad taste or wouldn't sell well (I mean you played one civillian murder simulator you played them all) but because Israel vs Gaza is A. a smaller scale conflict and B. They'd have to have serious balls to paint Israel as the big bad guy. A muslim with a shemagh on his head is an easy target after 9/11 but a game with any social commentary or "we might actually be the monsters here"? Nah, that doesn't really sell well (with the exception being The Line).

Its sad that you need serious balls to paint the side that is perfectly fine with the mass murder of civilians as the bad guys. Any other country we'd be condemning them as the newest Hitler, but nope. Israelis kill 1900 men, women, and children, bomb U.N. controlled buildings that are housing people who have already lost their homes to Israeli bombs, and consider the capture of a single soldier to be crossing a line all while continually bombing and killing children and they're just defending themselves.

Bull. Shit.

Is Hamas blameless? God no. They do awful things to. Their rockets absolutely are a problem, but they're a problem that Israel will never solve by bombing children. All they're doing is making the people in Gaza who hate Hamas for prolonging the conflict hate Israel even more for escalating the conflict and killing their sons and daughters.

"Israel is killing innocent people." Hamas isn't?
"Hamas is launching rockets into Israel." The Israelis aren't launching them back?

Both sides are wrong. Both are fighting for stupid reasons. One is fighting for land their God promised them and the other is fighting because their God tells them to kill everyone who doesn't believe in the same things they do. I'll pick my side here. Which is the lesser of two evils?

EndlessSporadic:
"Israel is killing innocent people." Hamas isn't?
"Hamas is launching rockets into Israel." The Israelis aren't launching them back?

Both sides are wrong. Both are fighting for stupid reasons. One is fighting for land their God promised them and the other is fighting because their God tells them to kill everyone who doesn't believe in the same things they do. I'll pick my side here. Which is the lesser of two evils?

I refuse to pick a side. Israel and Hamas are doing it to each other and both are equally guilty. There are no heroes in the conflict between them, never was and never will be as long as Israel keeps encroaching on them and planting "settlements" and locking borders from trade which makes the Palestinian people allow Hamas to stay in power. This will keep happening year after year until Gaza and West Bank are no more.

Pick a side? No Hamas is a terrorist organization pretending to be a government and Israel is trying to wipe Palestinians off the map. Piss on both sides.

EndlessSporadic:
"Israel is killing innocent people." Hamas isn't?
"Hamas is launching rockets into Israel." The Israelis aren't launching them back?

Both sides are wrong. Both are fighting for stupid reasons. One is fighting for land their God promised them and the other is fighting because their God tells them to kill everyone who doesn't believe in the same things they do. I'll pick my side here. Which is the lesser of two evils?

Both are fighting for land their God promised them. The difference is that Hamas (back in the 2009 invasion, at least) was perfectly fine with a ceasefire if Israel would just give back the land stolen since 1967. Which is a lot of land. Sure, they hate Israel and wish it didn't exist, but to say that they think that its a good idea to kill everyone that disagrees is quite dishonest for the a significant portion of them.

Between the Israeli invasion in 2009 and this one, Israel's escalation looks like a giant excuse to kill Palestinians, Hamas or civilian, frankly. And it will only full anti-Israel (and, unfortunately, antisemitic) rage. Not that Israel cares. Remember how much many Americans hated Muslims because of 9/11? That's how the Gaza situation looks to those being slaughtered.

Yeah, both Hamas and the Israeli government/military are evil, but Israel's government/military is far more evil for purposely escalating a very minor conflict.

I think the biggest problem is how everyone acts like the conflict is new, or that it has somehow escalated. I don't think it has in any meaningful manner.

chadachada123:

EndlessSporadic:
"Israel is killing innocent people." Hamas isn't?
"Hamas is launching rockets into Israel." The Israelis aren't launching them back?

Both sides are wrong. Both are fighting for stupid reasons. One is fighting for land their God promised them and the other is fighting because their God tells them to kill everyone who doesn't believe in the same things they do. I'll pick my side here. Which is the lesser of two evils?

Both are fighting for land their God promised them. The difference is that Hamas (back in the 2009 invasion, at least) was perfectly fine with a ceasefire if Israel would just give back the land stolen since 1967. Which is a lot of land. Sure, they hate Israel and wish it didn't exist, but to say that they think that its a good idea to kill everyone that disagrees is quite dishonest for the a significant portion of them.

Between the Israeli invasion in 2009 and this one, Israel's escalation looks like a giant excuse to kill Palestinians, Hamas or civilian, frankly. And it will only full anti-Israel (and, unfortunately, antisemitic) rage. Not that Israel cares. Remember how much many Americans hated Muslims because of 9/11? That's how the Gaza situation looks to those being slaughtered.

Yeah, both Hamas and the Israeli government/military are evil, but Israel's government/military is far more evil for purposely escalating a very minor conflict.

Is there an escalation? Really? Or is every single Palestinian (but not Israeli) casualty being reported more frequently and widely than ever before? Then again, since you're throwing around concepts like "evil," your mind is likely made up.

DerangedHobo:
I don't see how the israel/gaza conflict (which from my limtied understanding has effectively been going on for decades) will affect online shooters, just how the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi freedom really didn't prevent games from being set in the middle east and "insurgents" effectively became the next Russians when it came to generic evil bad guys in the years that followed. So apart from the next Call of Duty having a "Double XP for ever Palestinian school child you gun down" or drone strike missions over Gaza I doubt it will change anything.

That being said I also don't see how people are shocked by the use of racist, anti-semetic, sexist, homophobic or transphobic language being used in online gaming. Give anyone a microphone and a sense of free speech without repercussions and they'll spew the most hateful shit they can fathom. Online gaming, aside from games like MMOs and other games that focus on long term teamwork and community really never seemed like a place that was suppose to be civil.

Agreed. It's been going on for a very long time and honestly, barring some serious intervention from outside, I don't see it ever ending. If it hasn't been effecting games yet all that much, why would it start now?

Nieroshai:

chadachada123:
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Is there an escalation? Really? Or is every single Palestinian (but not Israeli) casualty being reported more frequently and widely than ever before? Then again, since you're throwing around concepts like "evil," your mind is likely made up.

Thousands compared to a few is still obvious escalation.

As I said, both sides have plenty of war crimes and misguided reasons, among other problems which I would call "evil."

But punching a toddler (and a few of the toddlers' friends) in the face because he kicked your and your wife's shins is obviously the more immoral act of the two.

KaZuYa:

Johnny Novgorod:
Honestly gaming is the last thing I care about in regards to the Israel-Hamas war.

It's not war it's a military superpower mass murdering innocent women and children because they just can and who can't run away because they have their backs to the sea and are walled in every other direction regardless of what Hamas are doing it pure unforgivable evil.

Deaths before Israel attacked in the previous 12 months = 4

Deaths after Israel attacked = 1900+

Sources please. Hamas has been sending suicide bombers for years, and Israel is provably firing upon military targets that strangely end up always end up having women and children on them.

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/17/5912189/yes-gaza-militants-hide-rockets-in-schools-but-israel-doesnt-have-to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_suicide_attacks

I've started, and can continue. Speaking of evil, what monsters do this when they know shots will only be fired when fired upon?

I don't play online shootings games. I don't play FPSs at all period. I don't chat with people about such issues either. Online I mainly play 2d fighters and those haaven't had any such issues. I don't like being bunched with those folks. I'm a Jrpg fighter and action game fan. Not some CoD drone who has fun being anti-semmetic or whatever.

[qouote]The video game industry is largely propped up my first-person shooters, and some of the most games in this genre are set in the Middle East.[/quote]
Is it me or this sentence does not make sense?

I think it should go as follows:
The video game industry is largely propped up by first-person shooters, and some of the games in this genre are set in the Middle East.

I also find it funny how This conflict, which is only one of many going on right now, is somehow the source of all racism.

KaZuYa:

It's not war it's a military superpower mass murdering innocent women and children because they just can and who can't run away because they have their backs to the sea and are walled in every other direction regardless of what Hamas are doing it pure unforgivable evil.

wait, when did Gaza rebels became a military superpower?

In high school, I wrote three separate papers on why that whole region should be turned to radioactive glass.
Nothing in the last fifteen years has changed my mind.

That being said...
Mike, I get that sometimes real-world relevance ties into games, and it's a worthy topic of discussion (or at least the topic of how at-odds it is with the "escapism" of said games). But if you're gonna write an article?
Write a damned article. Say something of your own at least - give substance to your words.
This is ... nothing. Air. Vapor. It's a framework of words that says "Hey, y'know this thing going on? Other people have opinions on it. [link], [link]." If I wanted that, I wouldn't be religiously ignoring the "Critical Distance" crap that's been cropping up in the newsfeed for the past month or so.

Not to be overly critical here, I just want to see some content with actual content.

I don't think this is isolated to just shooters, but I also don't think that this conflict is having any particularly profound impact. It is not antisemitic to disagree with Israel, and likewise while one might expect antisemitism to rise as a result of the Jewish state taking the actions it has taken, I don't think it will effect the gaming community so profoundly other than that some people might become more sensitive to it.

It's just not the kind of situation I think can be measured as having any more profound impact in one medium over another. It's a complicated issue, where like Colbert pointed out, every single term is drenched in subtext. But more importantly there is very little room for a rational solution to the conflict because the conflict in itself is a product of beliefs, distrust, and to opposing views of what justice would mean for the region. With all this on the table, of course the language used between players during this time will be impacted, however I suspect no more profoundly then it will on 4Chan or Reddit for that matter.

I really don't see what the conflict has to do with gaming, although I've noticed that people tend to use the word "jew" as a slur more often.

chadachada123:

Nieroshai:

chadachada123:
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Is there an escalation? Really? Or is every single Palestinian (but not Israeli) casualty being reported more frequently and widely than ever before? Then again, since you're throwing around concepts like "evil," your mind is likely made up.

Thousands compared to a few is still obvious escalation.

As I said, both sides have plenty of war crimes and misguided reasons, among other problems which I would call "evil."

But punching a toddler (and a few of the toddlers' friends) in the face because he kicked your and your wife's shins is obviously the more immoral act of the two.

That is a very, VERY poor comparison. Firstly, neither Gaza nor Hamas are "children" that can be forgiven for being... well, stupid children. Secondly, we are talking about being people being KILLED, not minor injuries that can be brushed off.

The conflict is more like if a man held a baby in one arm and a gun in the other and started shooting at your children. Either you fire back and everyone accuses you of being a murderer (or, indeed, not having "good enough aim" to not shoot the baby shield), or you let your kids die. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, and either way the madman gets what he wants.

Why should Israel sacrifice her own children for those who are so willing to do so to their own, for the mere sake of PROPAGANDA?

JET1971:

EndlessSporadic:
"Israel is killing innocent people." Hamas isn't?
"Hamas is launching rockets into Israel." The Israelis aren't launching them back?

Both sides are wrong. Both are fighting for stupid reasons. One is fighting for land their God promised them and the other is fighting because their God tells them to kill everyone who doesn't believe in the same things they do. I'll pick my side here. Which is the lesser of two evils?

I refuse to pick a side. Israel and Hamas are doing it to each other and both are equally guilty. There are no heroes in the conflict between them, never was and never will be as long as Israel keeps encroaching on them and planting "settlements" and locking borders from trade which makes the Palestinian people allow Hamas to stay in power. This will keep happening year after year until Gaza and West Bank are no more.

Pick a side? No Hamas is a terrorist organization pretending to be a government and Israel is trying to wipe Palestinians off the map. Piss on both sides.

If Israel wanted to wipe Palestinians and/or Palestines off the map, they could do it tomorrow without any hassle at all. That alone should prove their intentions are slightly more complicated than "kill people for the lols".

I don't really see the connection, the entire Israel situation is a hot potato that largely ignored by games.

If you're talking about anti-semitisem steming from the conflict than that's more of a global problem right now, with europe becoming (again) a place jews can't live in.

Baresark:
Judging by that he may understand that Zionism is not synonymous with Judaism, though many scholarly people have fought to make the reverse true.

Zionism, the return to Israel, is certainly an aspect of Judaism. The whole Jewish faith is based around the land of Israel being promised by God and returning to the land of Israel ("Next year in Jerusalem"). The thing is, there are many views on what Zionism is as a political ideology rather than a religious concept. What should this return look like? What should the Zionist state be like? That is why you have Revisionist Zionism (essentially fascists) and Socialist Zionism (essentially communists) as well as Messianic Zionism (theocratic) and Liberal Zionism (secular). The origins of Modern Zionism is in the Liberal camp, who believed that a Jewish state is necessary to protect Jews as a people and had nothing to do with the faith but based on modern principles of capitalism, human rights, and democracy. This is the majority ideology of Zionists worldwide.

I play FPS all the time and I dont say anything racist/homophobic/anti-semetic. The worst I call people online is a c**t which I am sure probably still makes me part of the problem but there it is.

There are always going to be assholes online but the majority just play and are fine. Abuse in online gaming is an overblown topic IMO. And anyway if it does happen, mute your mic or change server dont sit there and cry about it. Man up.

OT: There is no relation to online gaming and this conflict, don't try and create one. There were anti-semetic remarks before this happened and there will be long after.

Thing is there isn't a global hatred against the Jewish people but there is one against the right wing zionist's who control Israel and large parts of the US political parties who want to misuse the term anti-semitic and demonise the term so much it's the worst possible thing you can be even worse than a child murderer.

450 children have been killed in Gaza so far, while I don't support Hamas in any way how can you justify that I mean if the world's most prolific serial killer gets cornered by police and holds a child as a human shield and the cop just shoots through the child and says "at least we got the killer and thats what matters" he would be charged with murder but if Israel does the same but with tanks, air strike's and artillery it's ok.

How Does the Israeli-Gaza Conflict Affect Video Games? Well that's a bit egotistical of you. Not everything revolves around video gaming. People are dying over there, Escapist, and respawn's been set to "off".

There is a reason why some people hate Israel and, consequentially, the jews. It may not be civilized or efficient, but to ignore these reasons altogether is to just blindly turn your head towards one side of the problem. For example, in many western countries it is illegal and/or punishable by prison to promote, discuss or support antisemitic thoughts.

Please note that it is not illegal to promote, discuss or support anti-christian, anti-muslim, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-hispanic or anti-buddhist opinions.

Peculiar, eh?

The only thing I think that this will do to video games is give Activision a new set piece for their next Call of Duty game.

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