Bring Back World War II

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Commenter Bipolar.Bear.Disorder is missing the good old days of World War II in today's installment of Speak-Up On Kotaku.

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Am I the only one left in the gaming community that misses World War II games? With everyone's intense focus on modern and future warfare, I feel as if World War II video games, my favorite genre, have fallen a bit by the wayside. Of course, World War II games are still being released, but not on the constant scale that used to be the norm. I understood that some people had begun to feel as if the era had been overdone and cliché, but I must admit, I really miss FPS games where aim was more important than perks, and headshots didn't have to come from sniper rifles.

With this sudden influx of contemporary war games set in the present and future, I feel like we as gamers lose an important facet that was prominent in the more well-made productions. I can't really explain what I mean by it, though. To me, it just feels like games like Modern Warfare and Medal of Honor miss some important element that was in their earlier iteration. It isn't the scope of the war, or even the actual combat itself. I just don't think that war games set in a modern period have the same "magic," for lack of a better term; that games like Call of Duty 2, Brothers in Arms, and Company of Heroes had. Maybe it's a sense of righteousness, with a clear sense of who the enemy is and what our goals are. Maybe since it took place "so many years ago," it seems as if it's another time in another place.

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I just don't understand why gamers and developers had begun to ignore World War II. Maybe it was being overdone, but I'm pretty sure developers hadn't used the era to its fullest potential. There are so much other stories left to tell. There's so much things developers hadn't done yet. This current batch of modern-combat games cannot match the ones that took us up Normandy Beach, fighting through once-pristine French streets, to reach the city of Berlin.

Maybe that's what's missing in these games set in modern conflicts. In this day and age, undoubtedly fueled by countless government scandals and corruption, any war taking place seems wrong and, well, stupid. Not getting into any specifics here, but the general populace had developed distaste for war and bloodshed. For patriotism and pride. That's where World War II games came in. They weren't meant to trivialize the war, neither making it bearable and "cutesy," or making in into the Hollywood-style action-paced machismo slugfest that dominate the current shooting galleries. They were a sort of remembrance, in a way, for the countless men and women who have died in such a tragic war. In World War II, that was both humanities highest point and lowest point in history. It'd be a shame to forget it in such a quickly growing medium.

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grimjack28
grimjack28

No more WW2 games. Unless they're detailed strategy games like Sudden Strike or Close Combat. We were inundated with WW2 shooters last decade. Maybe you've forgotten the sound of nails on chalkboard, but I don't need someone to scratch to be reminded.

Oh yeah and any ideas of WW2 being 'the good war' are misguided oversimplifications at best. Clear cut ideals, righteousness, clear goals be damned, it's all retro-corrective historical revisionism. Historical scholars will tell you how much a crapshoot it all was and how lucky we were and how unlucky the Axis was at times. Also imagine being a 38 year old man, drafted and sent over to do manual field labor because you were "young looking enough" and also happened to be black? Sure we look at the past with rose colored glasses, but WW2 wasn't the good ole days. They were the bad ole days and the last time this country truly felt threatened for its existence. The war on terror was a stick of bubblegum in comparison. Maybe that's the magic you're missing, but you're looking in the wrong place.