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I'm a big fan of shooters and always enjoy the ones that
include real world events and potentially controversial subject matter. Tom
Clancy's Ghost Recon comes to mind, and if you're familiar with the game and
what is going on in the world today, you know why.
Ghost Recon begins in
April 2008, with civil unrest in Russia. Ultra-nationalists have seized power
with plans to rebuild the Soviet Union. Their first step is clandestine support
of rebel forces in Georgia and the Baltic States. Alarmed by the threat, the
U.S. deploys the Ghosts into Georgia to stop the Russians. Over the course of
the campaign, the Ghosts take the fight to the ultra-nationalists, with a final
showdown in Moscow's Red Square.
But there is a real world issue that is definitely
controversial (no potential about it)...that even I have conflicting thoughts
about. Maybe you do to - maybe you don't.
Now I don't want to focus on the real world controversies
associated with drones. They're out there. They exist. And I'm kind of on the
fence where I stand on the matter. You could tell me you're for them because they
keep our servicemen and women out of harm's way...and I'd probably agree with
you. You could tell me you're against them because we're essentially entering
into armed conflict on foreign soil and in many cases, killing innocent bystanders...and
I'd probably agree with you. I did get a little freaked out the other day when
my wife and I were out for a drive out in the middle of nowhere and saw one
overhead (it's probably what inspired this blog). I have no idea who owned it -
private citizen, local government, federal agency? Your guess is as good as mine.
From a video game perspective, drones are nothing new.
Plenty of games feature drones. They might be called UAVs (Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles) and they might not be weaponized, but we've certainly seen them. I
think the way drones are implemented in video games, whether it's intentional
or not, is probably the least offensive way they could be used.
That kind of surprises me (but doesn't necessarily
We've seen simulator games for just about everything now
including a Goat Simulator and now a *ahem* Rock Simulator...but a Kickstarter project
for a drone simulator using Google Earth from a few years ago...didn't do so well
- 54 backers only managed to raise about a quarter of the targeted amount.
The Air Force has a web-based drone simulator that plays
like a video game and is used to introduce interested individuals (and
potential recruits) to drone operations. The game is cheesy as you would
expect, which is probably a good thing. If it was more realistic, both in terms
of graphics and mission objectives, it would probably be drawing the ire of the
anti-drone crowd. I know you're dying to try it out - you can find it here. Anybody remember America's Army?
"Try your hand at
piloting an Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle and destroying enemy targets."
There are a few other drone games, but for the most part...there
isn't a dedicated drone game (at least none that I know of or could find). I've
long been a fan of flight simulator games; played a whole bunch of them and
still support them today.
When I think about the potential of a game that lets you
pilot a drone, I see possibilities. Granted, there might not be a lot of
interest in this sort of game, but definitely with the power and advances in
technology, if it's done right it could be entertaining (do I need to say it
again - there is a goat and rock simulator).
Some of my ideas about this are grand (and totally unrealistic)...but hey,
doesn't hurt to dream about it, right? I would love to see a drone game
offering integration into Call of Duty or Battlefield as a perk.
Mainstream society, at least the non-gaming part of it,
often thinks we're a violent bunch because of the games we play. Imagine playing
a game, we'll call it Drone Simulator 1.0, that allows you to destroy enemy targets
but punishes you for every innocent bystander you kill.
I don't know if we're ready for that.
Alas, the weekend is almost here. Hope you had a wonderful