U.K. game developer Auroch Digital launched Endgame: Syria as part of its GameTheNews project, which aims to get the public interacting with and reconsidering the concept of gaming, with politically and socially relevant topics infiltrating a medium usually reserved purely for fiction. The latter, says Auroch Digital’s creative director Tomas Rawlings, is a trend that we should not be afraid to challenge.
According to GameTheNews, Endgame: Syria is an interactive simulation based on the Syrian Civil War. Players take a role in the conflict and can change the outcome of the war based on the military strategy they choose.
The developers say Endgame: Syria is a “novel way to inform the public” about the conflict, but Apple disagreed and rejected the app because it “target[s] a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity.
” Auroch Digital developer Tomas Rawlings released a statement that expresses his company’s disappointment with Apple’s decision.This decision is a shame really as it makes it hard to talk about the real world. We had hoped that Apple would be more nuanced in how they applied this rule but we got a bit worried when it had been in submission for around two weeks without a decision – we then figured that because of the controversy of using the gaming medium to cover an ongoing war meant passing the game had become an issue for them.
According to io9, Auroch Digital is working to modify the game so it meets Apple’s requirements. Auroch didn’t detail the changes it would make, but it will likely focus more on the gameplay and less on the Syrian conflict. “We’re all connected to the real world,” Rawlings told Wired.co.uk. “I think it is a myth that gamers don’t care beyond their TV screen — my experience of gamers is that more often than not they are connected, intelligent and interested in a wide range of topics, so why not engage with them in a medium that they understand? Games are growing up and rightly so and GameTheNews.net is a part of that evolution.”
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