Xbox game based on Iraq battle angers veterans

April 8th, 2009 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.8 (ANI): A video game based on one of the bloodiest battles during the Iraq conflict has been branded ‘crass and insensitive’ by those affected by the fighting. Six Days In Fallujah, published by Japanese games giant Konami, was developed in collaboration with a handful of Iraq veteran US Marines

It is described as a ’survival horror’ title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.

According to The Telegraph, it has been developed in collaboration with a handful of Iraq veteran US Marines - who have lent their videos, photos and diaries to the designers - the controversial action game is due for release next year.

A highly decorated British Army colonel and the father of a lance corporal killed in action in Iraq has criticized the game and called for it to be banned.

“It’s much too soon to start making video games about a war that’s still going on, and an extremely flippant response to one of the most important events in modern history. It’s particularly insensitive given what happened in Fallujah, and I will certainly oppose the release of this game,” he said.

Reg Keys, whose son Thomas was a Red Cap killed by an Iraqi mob in June 2003, added: “Considering the enormous loss of life in the Iraq War, glorifying it in a video game demonstrates very poor judgment and bad taste. It is particularly crass when you consider what actually happened in Fallujah.

Six Days In Fallujah takes inspiration from the Second Battle of Fallujah - also known as Operation Phantom Fury, which took place between November 7 and December 23 2004. An estimated 1,500 insurgents were killed - reportedly in white phosphorus attacks - along with 38 US troops during the battle.

Six Days In Fallujah is being developed by US-based Atomic Games. (ANI)

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