Friday, September 21, 2001

By way of David Gallagher: The attack on the twin towers influence gamers and games, among other things forcing Microsoft to release a patch for their Flight Simulator which removes the Twin Towers from Manhattan. Otherwise the game would have permitted players to fly virtual planes into virtual towers.

In other games players took the opportunity to create scenarios where they hunt down and assassinate Osama bin Laden. Due to the many responses to this scenario, positive and negative, the scenario was withdrawn.

I am not sure what to say about this. My opinion has always been that playing games does not mean not being creative, active or aware of what happens in the world. Perhaps the opposite, perhaps gamers need to act rather than give in to the impotence of being a small pawn in the struggles of nations.

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