I’m so annoyed that Martin O’Donnell is a conservative weirdo and involved with this project. The Halo soundtrack is some of my favorite video game music.
This quote from Tamte stood out to me.
“We do not at any point ask the player to become an insurgent, to be clear about that. This is an Iraqi civilian who was trying to get his family out of the city during the battle.”
This betrays a fundamental lack of understanding of the nature of the conflict. One of major reasons why the Iraq War is so intractable is that the line between civilian and insurgent is very fuzzy. There were likely civilians in Fallujah that welcomed AQI into the city and undoubtedly there were civilians who were radicalized by battle itself.
I would love to see a game about being an Iraqi trying to navigate the constantly shifting and incredibly dangerous world of post-invasion Iraq. It’s a story that’s remained largely untold in the US.
Also Rami Ismail has An appropriately righteous thread about the article .