Video Games

In War, Not Everyone Is a Soldier

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In most war games, players are out for blood. But a soon-to-be-released game from 11 Bit Studios turns that shoot 'em up convention on its head.

In This War of Mine, survival is the only goal. By day, your group of civilians hides from snipers. By night, you sneak out for building supplies and medicine, or contrive ways to capture rainwater for drinking.

The game, which will be available on mobile, Mac, PC, and Linux, is about the difficult moral choices people make every day in the face of violence-induced scarcity. "Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them in order to prevail," says the press release, "there are no good or bad decisions during war."

To calibrate the options available to their players, game designers studied accounts from Syria and Sarajevo. They also talked with an American soldier who had been in Fallujah.

"While designing a new game," lead designer Michal Drozdowski explained in a blog post, he and his team read a viral online account called "One Year in Hell," written by a Bosnian about his life in the early 1990s. "We learned about his hardships and the horror of that experience. We decided to work around this idea and make something real, something that moves people and makes them think for a second. It's about time that games, just like any other art form, start talking about important things."

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  1. contrive ways to capture rainwater for drinking

    I suppose the game will be illegal in Maryland, then.

  2. “there are no good or bad decisions during war.”

    Oh bullshit.

    1. “hey, is this mine active?”

      “I’ll bet I can outrun that tank”

      “That artillery couldn’t hit an elephant from tha-“

      1. I’m gonna shoot at a tank with a rifle.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWdHENEig34

        1. Ooh. Mr. Darwin, report to the Pearly Gates to award a new arrival.

        2. Errr…

          I don’t know if faces of death kind of shit should be labeled NSFW…it should be labeled with something.

          I think i am going to vomit…thanks a lot Virginian. Love seeing video of a real person dying in the morning. Best way to fuck up the rest of my day.

          1. Welcome to Earth

  3. Sounds incredibly boring.

    1. Nah, just a different game style.

      I could never get past the first few scenes of the Resident Evil games because I didn’t understand you were supposed to run away.

      “Why can’t I win these opening scene fights? These games are too hard!” (Throws down controller.)

      Games where you just run away and hide can be very entertaining.

  4. Isn’t this just Day Z without the ability to shoot back?

    1. It does sound a lot like Day Z without the ability to shoot back.

  5. This little war of mine
    I’m gonna let it shine
    This little war of moine
    I’m gonna let it shine
    Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

  6. is about the difficult moral choices people make every day in the face of violence-induced scarcity.

    Sooo…it is like Minecraft and Dayz then?

    1. Do I kill this sheep for its wool so I can make a bed and sleep safely, or should I start a farm for the wheat necessary to breed sheep? Kill the pigs for food, or wait until I can find some carrots?

      1. The night is dark and full of terrors….better build a house and find some coal for torches before night falls.

        1. Also you can starve and the game has killed more people then Dark Souls…and it is credited for bringing back hard core consequences for dying to video games in general.

          Dying in GTA or Bioshock is meaningless…in minecraft it can mean loosing hours if not days of work.

  7. which will be available on mobile, Mac, PC, and Linux

    One of these things is not like the other…

    Can I run it on my Linux PC, or do I need a non-PC Linux? Am conphused.

    1. I think Steam uses that PC nomenclature for windows PCs…or at least it has in the past.

      Also back when they sold windows PC games in boxes they were labeled as PC games.

      It is stupid but an established stupid.

  8. Practice! There are a whole bunch of obvious and non-obvious ways to collapse this mutually interdependent societies, so get in practice for when, not if, it happens. Good luck, you’ll need it.

  9. Drozdowski explained in a blog post, he and his team read a viral online account called

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