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anilEhilated
anilEhilated

The mistake you're making is assuming contemporary Russia is a democracy. Putin's regime is actually closest to a fascist dictatorship.

Amirygon
Amirygon

Censorship of any kind is just wrong. It's always based on someone's arbitrary code of conduct but it's something to be expected of Russia and any European country, and just more reason why those that want to censor or control anything they disagree with due to their arbitrary feelings or morals should move there so America can embrace its rightful destiny as being an asylum for freedom & liberty, and real justice for all.

maniaxe613
maniaxe613

In Soviet Russia, video games play you!

cheater87
cheater87

Article 29 Section 5 of the Russian Constitution. "5. The freedom of the mass media shall be guaranteed. Censorship shall be prohibited."

fawfulmark2
fawfulmark2

Tetris 30th anniversary Edition let's fucking go!

Upat3am
Upat3am

Russia censoring video games because of inaccuracies? Wow this must be something new I mean Russia censoring things. This is really news to me. I cannot believe a country where freedom reigns censoring video games for being inaccurate.

nasser_m200
nasser_m200

Think they have the rights to do so ... and yup COH2 was disappointing in showing soviet army, eastern front mod did better job than COH2

Bgretenh
Bgretenh

Gamespot, since you changed your website none of the videos will load!!!!  I now fear I'll have to find a new site for my gaming obsession! :(

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

I don't see a problem, hopefully we'll finally have some decent games depicting the Great patriotic war, after that whole CoH2 debacle.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Such actions create a negative image of the Russian warrior and Russia in general. These days I'm ashamed of being Russian. Whoever reads this - people, I'm so sorry our government is putting all of you through hell sometimes, I wish the people of our nation could do something about it, but the corruption spreads too far.

l3illyl3ob
l3illyl3ob

And with this, how many Russian devs are going to flee to the Ukraine?

Liferipper
Liferipper

WTF... that what i've got to say about this.

"a "negative image of the Russian warrior" in games is not acceptable."

"titles that "distort" history could be banned in the country"

The games they are making are gonna be PR - just like the the Americans did with "saving privat ryan" and "the hunt for red october"

tduhon07
tduhon07

The difference is, while our games might have propaganda in them, they're totally the decision of the game developer. If the game developer wants to make a recruiting game for the us military, he is free to do that. He's also free to make a game where you rob banks, screw hookers, and shoot down planes with high powered rifles. The important distinction is, you can make any game you want, whether it be good, shitty, filled with liberal/conservative subliminal messaging, that's all up to you, not the government.

Jake518
Jake518

Putin wants you! To kill some Chechens!

Khelekdor
Khelekdor

I would say "hooray", cause I'm really tired of anti-russian propaganda in videogames, but these money will be most probably wasted. These dumb bastards won't give the money to really talented developers - like Nival, Katauri Interactive, Ino-Co, Kranx Production or even Ice-Pick lodge. No, the money will be given to the unknown and untalented ones (probably friends or relatives of Medinsky), so the resulted games would cost millions of roubles and look like million years old

xbr85
xbr85

I don't think this is a good idea to be honest, mainly because it might (if we are to assume the russian patriotic games will be competing with the western/american equivalent in the free market) lead to an oversaturation of the FPS genre, and believe me the FPS genre is already oversaturated. And I'm saying this as someone who avoids games with patriotic bullshit  (CoD for example) like the plague. See, the effect this might have is to create a virtual cold war where both sides start pumping out FPS after FPS with propaganda as the main dish, not originality. When that happens you can kiss original games and non-FPS games goodbye. I for one can't stand to see the same three letters all the time. 

FPS FPS FPS FPS!!!!! Shiiiit!


 I dont know, that's what I think, and fear might happen atleast.

colbster
colbster

Nice - can't wait to play the "Smuggle weapons to the Syrian Regime" level.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Looking forward to "Gulag Adventures", "Duke Putin" and "Oligarch's Revenge" then.....oh, wait...

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Finally, my chance to write "Stalin's Mass-Grave Simulator"!  Perhaps I'll make it a MMO with a mobile tie-in that silently runs in the background, so everyone can participate in pretending it isn't happening.

In fairness, if they want to tout the GOOD things they're doing these days, then great.   ...as long as the games are based in Afghanistan and Syria, with a soundtrack by PussyRiot.


TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

So video games discredit you. They're just video games. Stop whining, you desperate mofos.

pelvist
pelvist

Cool maybe there will be some games where we get to kill Americans for once.

Sav117
Sav117

We fight for Mother Russia!

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

Dungeon Keeper: Punks and Queers Edition

SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

So a game where you arrest protesters and persecute homosexuals.

(This statement is aimed at the current Russian government not the Russian people as a whole)

g4jeff
g4jeff

@Amirygon  so America can embrace its rightful destiny as being a (mental) asylum

Uziel_Yamato
Uziel_Yamato

@Bgretenh  

Nothing works, the new layout is utter crap in every sense. I can't even add games to my collection anymore. I already switched to IGN. Before they changed this, Gamespot was my site of reference for video games.

Cybernia
Cybernia

@tduhon07 Except these "decisions" are not driven by creative intent - they're driven by the profit motive. And guess what? The pro-American military genre sells. The end. It's not that different, and there's no more "freedom." Same principle, different forms of coercion.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@Jake518 on the contrary - Putin loves Chechens and is probably the only one Russian to do so.

Liferipper
Liferipper

@Pyrosa Except, they sure as he.. isn't gonna make games like the movie "katyn" from 2007

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@pelvist What about Spec Ops: The Line? You have to deal with a group of rogue American sodiers in that game.

anilEhilated
anilEhilated

My point is that Russia making videogames officially sanctioned propaganda isn't surprising in the slightest - as sad as it is. Another one could be the inherent hypocrisy in banning games that "distort history" while producing games that do... the exact same thing.

Russia never got over its dream of being an empire; they failed as a monarchy, they failed with the USSR, they'll fail with Putin's fascism. The problem is the collateral damage it does to the rest of Europe. Using art in service of state is just a step in a political offensive - and blurring history. Few people remember now that Stalin was the biggest mass-murderer of the 20th century; apparently now he's going to be retconned into a capable leader too.

tduhon07
tduhon07

@Khelekdor @tduhon07 The US Army developed it as a training/recruitment tool. It's important to note, it focuses on the tactical nature of combat, not the moral side. Its basically a combat simulator. Also, just to note, I have no problem with the Russians developing their own games. More power to them. My comment was more to the banning of games that go against their view of history, which is to say, they want to ban games that paint them in a bad light. 

SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

@Monsterkillah Russia  has a capitalist economy itself and and many of the protesters are from environmental groups like Greenpeace who don't give two shits about the governmental system.

Khelekdor
Khelekdor

@tduhon07 @Khelekdor Well, no game was banned by Russian government so far, so maybe it is a little early to speak about differences and important distinctions? Companyof Heroes 2 was removed from retail by publisher, due to public petition signed by thousands of people - in a truly democratic way.

Btw, in Germany games are being censored and banned all the time. For examle, they remove swastikas from every WWII game. Someone could say that they are removing bad pages from their history.

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

@SubHumanTorch @Monsterkillah hes a strong leader but his point of   view might not be likeable for the their western  brethen

 butmost people in east europe and middle east tends to like him.... to each his own then

SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

@Monsterkillah @SubHumanTorch I never said they couldn't make a game I would love to see the Russian military shown in a positive light, I just don't like Putins regime or the idea of a state mandated portrayal of history.

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

@SubHumanTorch you pretty much sayin other country except USA are not allowed to made their own patriotic games

If China, Iran, Russia, UK want to make their own patriotic games ala COD so be it wether u like it or not, if u dont like it just leave it alone simple as that