May 16, 2016—War-related video games often place players in situations in which they must go after enemy combatants, making the task of spotting and destroying the enemy before he destroys you the player’s short-term number one goal. The game This War of Mine is slightly different.
According to the new video game’s site, This War of Mine gives the player an entirely different experience from what common war-related video games offer. Instead of fighting the war from one side as a soldier or a spy, the player needs to survive the war as a civilian:
“This War Of Mine provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. For the very first time you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout. At night you get a chance to scavenge nearby locations for items that will help you stay alive.
Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them to endure the hardships. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.”
In a review of the game, PC World explains why this game is so important to the current generation of players:
“What makes This War of Mine particularly horrifying though is that it’s not abstraction. Sure, the particulars may be fictional. Sure, it’s an oversimplification of human relations. But there are people making these choices, being put through these situations, every damn day.”
Instead of a game in which the winner is the soldier who kills the most combatants, This War of Mine brings our attention back to the real victims of wars.
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