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This Is What Battlefield 3 Will Look Like on an iPhone

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EA and DICE's Battlefield 3 is drawing huge crowds at Gamescom this week, with waits of up to three hours to get hands-on time with the first-person shooter's multiplayer mode. If only the iPhone version were out to help the Germans pass that time.

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This Battlefield 3: Aftershock, the version of the military shooter bound for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Obviously, the mobile multiplayer spin on Battlefield 3 isn't as visually impressive as its PC and console counterpart, but maybe it'll do in a pinch?

EA Mobile's Battlefield 3 doesn't have a firm release date, but it does have Origin integration, multiplayer and some single-player challenges—just no campaign. Sure, Aftershock could use a little proofreading and it's nigh impossible for a mobile game to live up to the game's graphics on the PC, but maybe it'll be a great time waster.

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Man, I gotta say "Generic Middle Eastern City #15654" gets really dull in a shooter. There are virtually infinite places on this earth for people to shoot at each other, but in these American games by American developers, we only imagine that we'd be shooting "rag heads" in their "rag head hovels." Anything else would be too politically sensitive because frankly the middle east is sorta on the bad side of Ameripol these days. I'm surprised DICE got away with using China so often in the last game, but frankly they don't have a whole lot of clout either.

Can you imagine, though, maybe some kind of firefight in in a shelled out modern London? Or a storming of Kyoto with a desperate defense by the shrinking JSDF? Or maybe a brutal war of attrition in rural India, as Pakistan finally gets up the gumption to go for it? How about a class relations breakdown as the national guard attempts to shut down an uprising of angry citizens in economically ravaged cities like Detroit or New Orleans.

So the real question then is: If these games are fantasy, then why should the politics concerning their location and presentation be real? Unless these games are intended as more than just games, but as de facto propaganda and jingoistic military recruiting tools.