Six Days in Fallujah soon to be withdrawn in the name of civil rights?

Game news Six Days in Fallujah soon to be withdrawn in the name of civil rights?

Published on 4/8/2021 4:12 PM

Six Days in Fallujah is one of those games that are “Arlesian”: since 2009, the title has been postponed and canceled, but it was finally due out this year. A Muslim civil rights group has just stepped up to ask Sony, Microsoft and Valve to remove the game from their catalog, even before it’s released.

Fallujah, the city of Mosques, is a city in Iraq which was the scene of one of the deadliest clashes (more than 100 dead in the American-Anglo-Iraqi coalition, more than 2,100 dead in the coalition formed by Al- Qaida and its allies, when the estimates of dead civilians range from 470 to 6000 dead) from the war in Iraq, during the months of December and November 2004. Numerous press articles, doctors present on the spot and NGOs denounced the use by the US military of white phosphorus in battle. that’s why Konami had abandoned plans to release the game Six Days in Fallujah in 2009, which was to be developed by Atomic Games.

But the studio Highwire Games and publisher Victura, had confirmed in February 2021 that the title was in development and would be released this year on PC and consoles. The studio wanted to offer an experience it said “authentic”, having collaborated with the Marines, but also Iraqi civilians. Today, CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, denounces the content of the game. CAIR spokesperson Huzaifa Shahbaz says:

The video game industry must stop dehumanizing Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify the violence that has claimed the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the war in Iraq and reinforce anti-Muslim beliefs at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to prevail. threaten human lives.

We call on Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from hosting Six Days in Fallujah.

According to CAIR, the game is only an “Arab murder simulator”. Recently, journalist Rebekah Valentin published an article at IGN showing the pain that gambling could bring back to those who have experienced it, or are linked to it. Recently, the Turkish state has also taken an interest in gambling, declaring “Six Days in Fallujah reveals the problem of Islamophobia in the video game industry”. The boss of Victura was forced to recall that the game would not be a “political statement”, but that it would be a shooter with “documentary segments including testimonies of soldiers and civilians”, relating events “inseparable from politics”.

There is no doubt that Six Days in Fallujah will continue to generate much ink. While no announcement has yet been made about removing the game from the catalogs of Sony, Microsoft and Valve, it is still not certain that this game, announced for this year, will actually be released.

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By Damien-Ladder, Writing jeuxvideo.com

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