The generic war game has come under fire from many sides, prompting more thoughtful games, such as the recent Spec Ops: The Line (previously
) and others. However, short of post-apocalyptic zombie-type games, no one has thought to make a game about the civilians - survivors living in the cities that other people battle over. Until now.
In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items.
This War of Mine was inspired by real-life events and delivers a message. "This can happen in your city, in your country."
posted by corb
on Mar 13, 2014 -
A Tragedy of Errors.
On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan and American eyes in the sky were watching. "The Americans were using some of the most sophisticated tools
in the history of war, technological marvels of surveillance and intelligence gathering that allowed them to see into once-inaccessible corners of the battlefield. But the high-tech wizardry would fail
in its most elemental purpose: to tell the difference between friend and foe." FOIA
of US cockpit and radio conversations and an interactive feature
provide a more in-depth understanding of what happened.
posted by zarq
on Apr 10, 2011 -
Land Girls and Lumber Jills
is an exhibit at Scotland's National War Museum
. It explores the history of the Women's Land Army
and the Women's Timber Corps
. These two organizations were formed during the First World War to compensate for shortages in male laborers in agriculture and forestry, respectively. The museum's exhibition ties in a collection on flickr
and a book
available for order online. Other sources online will allow one to hear audio samples
of the Land Girls' stories, read Land Girls'
and Lumber Jills'
memoirs and watch old propaganda clips
about them or more recent documentary videos
(more on YT
in 2008, these civilian service organizations have also been the subject of a film, "The Land Girls"
), an ITV sitcom
, and a BBC series
The British Women's Land Army model was successfully replicated in the U.S. with the Woman's Land Army of America
(whose members were known as "farmerettes"
) and in Australia with the Australian Women's Land Army
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal
on Dec 16, 2010 -
Eleventh hour stories
: a project to gather true tales of war from the past 100 years from civilians, soldiers and veterans: " The telling and the receiving of these stories are activities that say: 'This must stop here and now.'"
posted by moonbird
on Jan 8, 2004 -