Video games are getting their inspiration from real-life events too. From games that riff on rampant layoffs and the bailout of U.S. banks to ones that poke fun at the foibles of political figures, interactive entertainment developers have become quite topical.
In some cases, the video games themselves become news because their content offends people.
"Swinefighter: The Swine Flu Game"
One new online game is based on the outbreak of swine flu that’s been in the news lately. In “Swinefighter: The Swine Flu Game,” players have to shoot flying pigs representing viruses. Players control a doctor character who wears a facemask and carries a giant syringe. “Swinefighter” is from Heyzap.
"Saving Captain Phillips"
Those games follow three recent games that caused outrage among some groups.
The App Store description of the game included the line, “See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!”
Italian game developer Molleindustria pulled the game earlier this month, the AP reported. But it’s still available on other sites like NewGrounds.com.
"Six Days in Fallujah"
And finally, the publisher behind a video game based on one of the Iraq war’s fiercest battles has pulled the plug on the title, called “Six Days in Fallujah,” according to news reports this week.
The game, which had been set for release by Konami next year, sought to re-create the November 2004 Fallujah battle from the perspective of a U.S. Marine fighting against insurgents. But some veterans, victims’ families and others criticized the game, calling it inappropriate.
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“Swinefighter” screen shot
“Saving Captain Phillips” screen shot
“Faith Fighter” screen shot
“Six Days in Fallujah” screen shot