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Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:55 am

I would have thought the Yom Kippur war would be ideal for wargaming - surprise attack giving the Arab side the advantage in the earlier stages, countered later by Israeli mobilisation and US resupply - it could make a well balanced game to play from either side.

I agree though that the plight of civilians in wars is something that gaming sweeps under the carpet. It's hard to see how to make anything entertaining out of it without going down the route of post-apocalyptic survival games like State of Decay or I am Alive. Some sort of crisis management game might do it, but it would risk losing the human aspect. The games discussed above seem more like they are trying to make a point rather than entertain the player.

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Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:53 pm

Hey Tof, concerning your last paragraph, are you saying that Netanyahu and his Likud party are generally similar to Hamas? I don't recall the Likud party holding public executions or ever saying Palestinians...
You seem to be the only one in this thread who feels obligated to turn this into a debate. You seem to be injecting opinions into Tof's writing that are not only subjective but also propagandistic. How about taking his words at face value? I see the article as more of an observation of a sad state of affairs, not a blame game which you seem quite intent on turning this thread into.

The spirit of this article is more observatory and i find it interesting that you only took issue with the example that dealt with the middle east, and not with any other of the very similar examples. It's obvious to me the article was written in a manner so to not invite a political debate and references specific examples at a very high level. You cant make everyone happy in situations like these but the effort made by Tof to avoid this is obvious, IMO.

I found the article to be thought provoking and very positive, but most importantly it was stimulating, not just entertaining. Love to see more of it! :D

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Re: Children of War: Pain and Remembrance

Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:20 am

I agree completely with Gihub!!!

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Re: Children of War: Pain and Remembrance

Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:46 am

Oh, man. I just realized that the vast majority of my exposure to children affected by war in media as a child and a young man involved either Narnia or a flying bed. I mean, I understand the need to make entertainment which deals with such a tragic topic fun, and the desire to avoid trivializing it by having that fun involve some magical element (rather than the actual impacts, which are probably best not to characterize as "fun"). So I sort of get why you'd make a movie like Bedknobs and Broomsticks or write The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But, man--that's weird, isn't it? That the consequence of war is so often magically awesome in media?

I feel like my kids at least have Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to make the equivalent of a drone bombing sound like it was really bad, and even they end up with magic powers, so, eh. Maybe I don't know what I should have expected. It's not as though there's going to be a G.I. Joe evacuation team focused solely on moving civilians out of harm's way or something. U.N. peacekeeper action figures with accessories like pallets of bottled water, tents, and blankets? M.S.F. doctor figures to set up hospitals for refugees? Comics about billionaire philanthropists who offset the human costs of the violence done by their countries abroad rather than buying absurdly expensive toys to defeat cartoon villains? I've had a lot of bad ideas, so I feel like I can recognize some of them now.


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