Game Publisher Apologizes for Asking Journalists to Shoot People Dressed as Arab Stereotypes

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 developer CI Games has apologized for hosting a press event at a military-themed training park in California. A journalist was disturbed during the event when organizers put a converted M4 rifle in his hand and asked him to fire airsoft style bullets at park employees dressed in white robes and keffiyehs.

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Feels weird to have the article framed around the apology, instead of the event first.


Willing to give the game publisher the benefit of the doubt on this one. It’s not at all surprising that a mask-flouting live events company in California that specializes in military cosplay would be owned and staffed by MAGA chuds.

Honestly, they pretty much already removed any benefit of the doubt in their apology statement. They say that they asked the events company to change the outfits beforehand and were rejected to “preserve the authenticity of their training event”, and then went through with it anyway.

Also, the fact that they chose to do this as an event as it’s most similar to the game’s setting and to what the game’s protagonist does, and asked for the outfits to be changed to something that “avoids any direct or indirect cultural representations”, really feels like them basically admitting that what they based their game on is horrific and inhumane, and that what they’re doing is try to make the inhumane palatable and fun.

And that’s what these games have always been, but it’s something to see a developer in a way admitting it.


I think this is fairly close to my thoughts on it after a couple of days of the original article sinking in. Effectively, how many military shooters are just this live event, but digital? It’s been basically non-stop since at least Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007 - which might not have been the first military shooter with a contemporary Middle Eastern backdrop, but obviously feels like the one that popularised it and spawned so many imitators.