Written by kube00, Erik Kubik Tuesday, 03 May 2011 08:20
By now gamers everywhere have heard the news, Osama Bin Laden is dead. He was killed by U.S. Navy Seals on May 1st. And for those who have given their lives during 9/11, or during the conflict in Afghanistan that followed, May the 1st is a great victory that came at great cost.
Before most gamers could finish watching the news the internet decided to pose the rhetorical question of: what game will feature the opportunity to hunt down Osama Bin Laden? Now if I was really going to take this seriously, I would go with what other sites have suggested and lean toward EA’s latest war-themed shooter, Medal of Honor. The game is already set in Afghanistan, there were Taliban references that were removed before it was shipped, and with a few tweaks the game could be the ideal candidate. Plus, the new content would give the game a much needed pick me up.
What about Counter Strike? It’s an aging PC game, but for some reason I could see this working. The game is cheap and everyone has it. Although I am sure there is a mod out there that may already feature Bin Laden. Finally, there is the heavy hitter, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and/or Black Ops. Both of those games sold very well making the audience much larger than Medal of Honor. I’m sure if something like this were to come out it would get downloaded a lot.
Keeping this in mind, why do we as gamers want this? Killing Osama Bin Laden doesn’t seem appealing and frankly, I find it to be in very poor taste. This isn’t a good way to honor the memory of men and women who died in the 9/11 attacks and in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. We as gamers should be ashamed of ourselves by even thinking about this. We don’t need to kill Osama Bin Laden in a fantasy setting; he’s been killed in the real world and it needs to end there.
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