In another twist in the rather chequered history of the game, there have been calls for major storefronts to Deplatform ‘Six Days in Fallujah’. As reported by Kotaku, the Muslim Civil Rights/advocacy group CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations’, has requested that Sony, Valve and Microsoft all stop any plans to have the game on their respective networks.
For those not in the know, ‘Six Days In Fallujah’ is billed by the developers Highwire Games as a ‘first-person tactical shooter that recreates true stories of Marines, Soldiers, and Iraqi civilians during the toughest urban battle since 1968.’
The game was originally planned to be published by Konami Games back in 2010. Konami dropped it and support for developer Atomic games due to a serious backlash. The same backlash that is seeing efforts such as this request from CAIR.
‘CAIR said that at its core, the game is an “Arab murder simulator” that glorifies violence that took the lives of over 800 Iraqi civilians, justifies the illegal invasion of Iraq and reinforces Islamophobic narratives.’
While tactical FPS shooters have long mined historical conflicts for material or told contemporary stories via a fictional backdrop, this game is set in a battle very much in living memory. The Iraq invasion also remains a highly controversial conflict into modern times, in a region still beset by unrest.
The developers have long stated that they intend to show both sides of the conflict stating in an interview earlier this year that ‘we’re not trying to make a political commentary about whether or not the war itself was a good or a bad idea’.
Will storefronts deplatform ‘Six Days in Fallujah’?
Without having played the game, it is hard to know whether this is a game that tackles the responsibility of its subject matter appropriately or not. Clearly, though, there is a lack of subtlety surrounding the titles pre-release. Time will tell whether we will see any major storefronts take moves to deplatform ‘Six Days in Fallujah or not’. In the meantime, we will see more controversy as the game moves towards its late 2021 release date.
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Rudy Manchego has been gaming since the days of the BBC Micro Computer and spreads himself thin with a love of retro, indie and mainstream gaming. He’s one half of the Jambags Comedy Gaming podcast and likes nothing better than kicking back with a nice pot of lapsang souchong, a good game and a background podcast on the intricacies of Spanish cheese making.