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Survive 9/11
According to Replay Studios, Survivor will be a computer game that will allow people to "experience the most dramatic disasters of the 20 - 21th century in independent game episodes." The goal will be not only to virtually experience these disasters, but also to see if you could survive them. Here are some of the scenarios gamers will be able to play: Hiroshima, the Titanic, Hurricane Andrew, and (of course) 9/11. Replay Studios seems to be a legitimate game developer, so I'm almost certain that the game is real. But the inclusion of 9/11 does seem odd, especially since there was a previous 9/11 Survivor game from last year that turned out to be a hoax/art project. This article about the game notes that "The very inclusion of the World Trade Centre terrorist attack is bound to offend a great many people, but Replay makes the valid point that this game is entirely about rescuing people, saving human lives and surviving." Right. I'm sure it won't occur to any gamers to shoot every virtual person in their path in order to escape.
Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Technology
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 02, 2004
Comments (18)
That's disgusting. A disgrace.
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Tue Nov 02, 2004  at  05:23 PM
For a "survival" game, unspecified sinkings, atomic explosions, and building collapses will do. There's only one reason to invoke Titanic, Hiroshima, and 9/11--to reap the lucrative benefits of controversy.

No sincerity here. Just irreverent greed.
Posted by J Barrows  on  Tue Nov 02, 2004  at  06:08 PM
If unspecified will do, why are there so many games like Medal of Honor and Battlefield Vietnam? I personally wouldn't see any problem with a game like this. Heck, there HAS been a few survival games like this before. For example, there was one made for the SNES dealing with saving passengers on the Titanic, if I remember correctly. There weren't any guns or anything like that in it, either . . . just a guy going around trying to save as many people as he could while the water was rising.

I mean, really, regardless of the setting - be it real or imaginary - wouldn't it actually be NICE to have more games purely about HELPING people rather than blasting them all to hell? Just because it's set at the WTC at 9/11 shouldn't diminish that.
Posted by Jim North  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  07:26 AM
Unless it's like Mario I probably won't be able to play it anyway. I'm game-challenged.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL, USA  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  09:56 AM
I certainly hope its a hoax, because if it's not, it's darn disrespectful of the people who died in these disasters.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  02:13 PM
There are several differences about a Surviving Titanic game and a Surviving 9/11 game: The Titanic sunk almost a century ago, and all the relatives of the deceased have long coped with the death of their loved ones, and it was a complete accident. The world trade centers were attacked only 3 years ago, so the relatives of the deceased may still have not completely gotten over it yet (there are people out there still coping with kurt cobain's death.) And, the world trade center attack WAS an ATTACK!!! Someone did this to us on purpose! The planes didn't get lost or have poor visibility, they were puropsely flown into the bulidings with the intent of killing the people inside.

This will send the subconscious message to the people who play it that things like that happen all the time, no biggie. So a Survive 9/11 is not only offensive, it's also anti-American.
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  05:12 PM
Being so wholly against a 9/11 game and being offended by someone wanting to make a game where you HELP the people hit by that attack sends the message that the terrorists were effective in what they were trying to do. If you let these things rattle you, then the terrorists take one step closer to winning.

And how is it un-American to go through the game helping people? If you were a terrorist running around putting slugs in the heads of survivors, I could see how that would be horrible, but pulling together to save folks? If you give such a hero's welcome to the firefighters, police, and average citizens who did so in real life, why the total and complete opposite reaction to trying to set up the situation in a simulation?

Plus, there are plenty of folks around from the Desert Storm era, yet they make plenty of Desert Storm war games, and have since shortly after the conflict resolved. And there are still a good number of folks from the Vietnam period who still haven't coped with that particular police action, yet they still pump out Vietnam war games, no problem.

I highly doubt anyone with some sense to 'em will get the idea that things like 9/11 happen all the time, no biggie, anyway. Folks don't take vidgames as historical writ, after all. Otherwise, no one would have gotten in such a big snit as they did over the latest scuffle in the Middle East, because all the police action and war games would have taught them that THAT sort of stuff happens all the time.
Posted by Jim North  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  05:53 PM
"Un-American" may be taking it a bit far, but this game, if it isn't a hoax, does somehow rise to new levels of tastelessness.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  09:00 PM
In 1935 a man invented a game where money & property gets traded. He thought it would be a good idea, because of a recent depression. The game was Monopoly...& I guess we all know how that went!

It's a game. Kids still play cops & robbers & cowboys & indians...I don't really like violoent games...games w/ guns or fighting. I would have to play a game before allowing my child to play with it. I think it's really more a decision each person would have to make on their own.

Besides...what's the difference between playing a game w/ violence & watching a movie w/ violence? There are lots of movies with terrorists in them...does that mean that someone is going to start a petition to get those movies banned? If you say no to one thing, you have to say no to it all.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL, USA  on  Thu Nov 04, 2004  at  01:27 PM
Yeah maybe "un-american" was too strong. WHat i was trying to say was that if the terrrorists hear about it, they will think that 9/11 attacks have made their way into being accepted as "pop culture" and they will think the attacks didn't affect the majority of the american people.
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Thu Nov 04, 2004  at  05:58 PM
No one cares about Kurt Cobain. Stop whining, I think the game sounds like fun.
Posted by the_mimicker  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  03:00 PM
That's great to have this kind of game!

YOU STUPID OLD PEOPLE, STOP WHINEING! THIS GAME WILL CRUSH YOU! THIS GAME IS AWESOME! NO-ONE IS GOING TO BAN THIS GAME! I WANNA SEE SOME FLESH, BLOOD, HARDCORE AND BRUTALITY! I WANNA SEE PEOPLE JUMPING ON TOP OF THE WTC!!

THIS GAME ROCKS!
Posted by Gamer  in  Finland  on  Wed Mar 02, 2005  at  04:54 AM
rolleyes
That's enough excitement for you, young man...
Old indeed!
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Mar 02, 2005  at  05:03 AM
It sick why make a game like this why cant it be helping people.......
Posted by Sonyuoka Meniuo  in  Raccoon City  on  Thu Jul 28, 2005  at  03:40 PM
The game is delayed for the future.

We are currently working on a few other games, that doesn't concern "horror","disgusting","disgraceful" images. We are making it in the future.

This game, we are not making for violence. What about Medal Of Honor games, which goes back into history and basically gives you a 1st person shooter of what happened in the war? Well, this is what it is, but you SAVE people, not put "slugs" in there heads.
Posted by ...  on  Thu Aug 11, 2005  at  09:37 AM
People really have to take it easy, it's a game for christ sake, and a historical game at that, I think it should be a parents choice whether their child plays it or not, as for the adult market, maybe let people make up their own minds on what they wish to play rather than taking an authoritarian role on the issue.

If players gain insight into the historical events portrayed, then it will be a good thing for gamers.

It's one's choice and to those who call it tasteless, I will remind you again.... IT IS A GAME. If you have a problem about violence in historical situations, then maybe try attacking the makers of medal of honour 1st.
Posted by jackbeth  on  Sat Dec 24, 2005  at  01:16 AM
seems pretty interesting
Posted by badman5  on  Thu Jan 10, 2008  at  08:40 PM
Umm I was reading up on the game and your not at any time in the World trade center, your trying to save the people after the towers fall.
Posted by Alexander  on  Tue Dec 16, 2008  at  07:08 PM
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