Developer Defends Game Based on Ongoing Syrian Civil War

The designer of an iOS game that focuses on Syria's ongoing civil war is defending his game and explaining why he created it in the first place: to inform those people around the world who might be ignorant about the conflict. The game, Endgame Syria, is decidedly pro rebel forces and gives players choices like negotiating peace with President Bashar Assad's regime or sending jihadist fighters to kill the pro-government military forces.

While the game may very well shed light on the civil war that has seen the deaths of 60,000 people since March 2011, some have questioned whether using a game is the best medium to raise awareness about the conflict in the region. Apple's opinion on the game is that it is not appropriate and declined a release on Apple App Store.

Tomas Rawlings, design and production director of Bristol-based Auroch Digital, tells Irish Examiner that he came up with the idea for the game while watching political pundits on television debate the possible consequences of other countries like the U.S. directly arming Syria’s rebels. He thought a game would be a good place to explore those hypothetical options and allow players to see what the consequences of such an action might bring.

"For those who don’t want to read a newspaper but still care about the world, this is a way for them to find out about things," said Rawlings.

"You can win the battle militarily but still lose the peace because the cost of winning militarily has fractured the country so much that the war keeps going," he continued. "You can also end the war so that there is less of that."

Apple rejected the game because it allowed 'enemies' in the game to "solely target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity."

Rawlings plans to edit the game so that it can be released on iOS devices, but he is worried that the changes will ruin the game.

"It will still be the same overall experience, but it will reduce the value of the game to inform people," he said.

Source: Irish Examiner

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