Russian government offers funding for patriotic video games
Authored by Zarmena Khan
Not long after Company of Heroes 2 was criticized for distorting facts and painting Russians in an excessively negative light, the Russian government has announced incentives for local video game developers, encouraging them to make patriotic games.
Arseny Mironov, who is an aide to Vladimir Medinsky (the country’s culture minister) said:
The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events. A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education.
This initiative will be overseen by the Russian Military History Society whose first game is already in development and focuses on the country’s military aviation program in the First World War.
Interesting idea. I can’t deny that I’ve found some gross misrepresentations of facts in a number of games made in the West. It’s only fair that the Russians get a chance to express themselves. Much better than a war, right?