The Russian government wants games that highlight the patriotism of its country, and it wants to ban those games that cast the country's military forces in a bad light, according to the Hollywood Reporter. If you want something done right...
The Russian Military History Society, which will be administered by Arseny Mironov, an aide to Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, aims to make patriotic games about Russia. The first game will be about Russian military aviation during the World War I and will be completed sometime in 2014, though the government is still negotiating with local developers on which studio will make the game.
"The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events," Arseny Mironov told Russian daily Izvestiya.
He added that the creation of a "negative image of the Russian warrior" is inadmissible.
"A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education," he said.
At a date to be determined, the Russian government will provide grants for the development of these kinds of games.
Russia's culture ministry also expressed its strong concerns about games from other countries where Russian forces are shown in a less-than-stellar light. Games which "discredit the Russian soldier" and "distort historic facts" could be banned from being imported.
The agency cites the recent release of Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes as an example. The game depicts a Russian WWII soldier as a criminal who burns down civilians' houses. The Russian government said at the time of its release that the way Russian forces and its leaders are being depicted in the latest game is tantamount to "propaganda."
Source: Hollywood Reporter