A Muslim advocacy group has issued a press release asking Valve, Microsoft, and Sony to not distribute the controversial upcoming recreation Six Days in Fallujah, saying it glorifies violence towards Iraqi civilians and reinforces anti-Muslim bigotry.
The statement issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a DC-based civil rights and advocacy group, known as on the three main video games platform-holders “to not host or digitally distribute” the sport. It argues that the battle that the sport relies upon killed greater than 800 Iraqi civilians, and that the US army’s use of white phosphorous has led to beginning defects within the years since.
“We name on Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from internet hosting ‘Six Days in Fallujah,’ an Arab homicide simulator that can solely normalize violence towards Muslims in America and world wide,” mentioned CAIR analysis and advocacy coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz. “The gaming business should cease dehumanizing Muslims. Video video games like Six Days in Fallujah solely serve to glorify violence that took the lives of a whole lot of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq warfare, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life.”
Six Days in Fallujah has been controversial because it was first introduced by Atomic Video games in 2009, having been based mostly on occasions that on the time have been solely 5 years previous. These plans have been in the end shuttered, nevertheless it was revived just recently by Highwire Video games. The messaging surrounding the sport has been at instances inconsistent, although, with publishing head Peter Tamte saying it’s not “political commentary” adopted shortly thereafter by the sport’s social media acknowledging that its subject material is “inseparable from politics.”
Specifically the sport has been criticized for the way it seems to deal with the deaths of Iraqi civilians, and the way it will handle the usage of white phosphorous. (The US army has acknowledged utilizing it as an incendiary weapon towards combatants within the battle of Fallujah.) The first gameplay trailer confirmed the fundamentals of its procedurally-generated missions, together with a short second of interacting with civilians, however didn’t handle a few of its critics’ broader issues.