Military themed first-person shooters are a dime a dozen nowdays across every gaming platform. Tons of them are released and updated annually, as it one of the biggest trends in today’s gaming landscape. It seems like every publisher and developer out there are after capturing the next “Call of Duty” experience. Some of them however, are created for realism/simulation purposes, as is the case with America’s Army, a game themed after the actual American Military that was created in conjunction with the U.S. military and is meant to be a training/recruiting tool.
Now, enter 2011 and we have something else happening. Controversy around war games is nothing new as games that enlist a specific group in the role of the enemy (see: Medal of Honor with originally naming enemies the Taliban as that actually is the enemy, Homefront naming a future/fictitious North Korea as the enemy, Modern Warfare naming a future/fictitious Russia as the enemy) but none of these games name a current, non-hostile group as the enemy. Well, now that is about to change.
China’s Giant Network Technology Co. in cooperation with the People’s Liberation Army is deveoping a game named Gloorious Mission that specifically targets current U.S. troops as the enemy. Of course this is meant as a simulation exercise, but the nature of the game would seem to enlist missplaced hostility, specifically directed at the U.S.
What do you think of this news? Is it no different than past war games, or does it seem a little bit too hostile? Let us know in the comments below!