Russian government to fund "patriotic" games

Aide to Russia's culture minister says video games must be "conducive to patriotic education"; titles that "distort" history could be banned.

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The Russian government has said that it will fund the production of "patriotic" games, while titles that "distort" history could be banned in the country.

"The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events," said Arseny Mironov, an aide to Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky.

His comments came in a report from the Russian daily newspaper Izvestiya translated and reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

"A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education," he added, while also stating that a "negative image of the Russian warrior" in games is not acceptable.

The Russian Military History Society--led by Medinsky--is taking charge of the government's video game endeavors. The first project from the group will focus on the beginning of Russian military aviation during World War I.

According to the report, the Russian government is currently negotiating with "several" local developers for the game--expected to be released in 2014--though none were named. Further government grants for additional "patriotic" games will be introduced, the report said.

Russia's culture ministry has said it is concerned about the content of some foreign games, which "discredit the Russian soldier" and "distort historic facts." Such games could be banned in the country, the ministry said.

One example provided was Company of Heroes 2. Sales of the real-time strategy game were halted in Russia in August after numerous users expressed issues with the game's portrayal of the Soviet Union during World War II.

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G4Jeff

@Khelekdor @tduhon07 Shut up,...it's uncool commenting like that about the great planet of america

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anilEhilated

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

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G4Jeff

@anilEhilated So, .... What's your point?" Democracy is working for you?!


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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.

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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.

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G4Jeff

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

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maniaxe613

In Soviet Russia, video games play you!

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cheater87

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

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fawfulmark2

Tetris 30th anniversary Edition let's fucking go!

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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.

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SurfaceNerd

I hate myself i really do

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Crush_Project

ivans been into the vodka again.

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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

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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! :(

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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.

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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.

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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.

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G4Jeff

@Morphine_OD Good try DH

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Vaultboy-101

@Morphine_OD Why are you treating this as though it actually physically hurts people?

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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.

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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.

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l3illyl3ob

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

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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"

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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.

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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.

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Khelekdor

@tduhon07 Didn't USA government fund America's Army series?

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Jake518

@Monsterkillah You're a bigot. Take your homophobic ignorance elsewhere.

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Jake518

Putin wants you! To kill some Chechens!

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Morphine_OD

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

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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

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colbster

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

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Kayweg

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

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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.


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Liferipper

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

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TheDarkSpot

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

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pelvist

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

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Morphine_OD

@pelvist in almost every american game you get to kill americans. Wtf man?

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Liferipper

@pelvist hehe just play GTA

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gamerboy100

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

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Sav117

We fight for Mother Russia!

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iampenguin

@Monsterkillah @iampenguin True.

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SythisTaru

@iampenguin @Monsterkillah Russia is Capitalist too though :O

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MacaulayMcDerp

In soviet Russia, baby give birth to you!

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iampenguin

@MacaulayMcDerp O.K...

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MacaulayMcDerp

@iampenguin @MacaulayMcDerp Da...

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iampenguin

Communism at it's finest.

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Monsterkillah

@iampenguin they can say the same to their opponents too

capitalism at its finest

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jonny_dutch

Dungeon Keeper: Punks and Queers Edition

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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