Six Days in Fallujah is a game that was controversial when it was first announced more than a decade ago , and remains so now with its return as a military shooter simulator. Not surprisingly, the game deals with one of the blackest episodes of the Iraq War, the Second Battle of Fallujah , represented from the point of view of American soldiers. And given the conflicting statements from his studio, Victura , about depicting actual war crimes committed in battle, the game has been accused of being a recruiting tool for the US.
Accusations that have been categorically denied by the study. While Victura now recognizes that its game is inherently political , given the facts it claims to represent, Muslim organizations in the United States are wary that Six Days in Fallujah will offer an honest representation of what this battle entailed. And therefore, in an official statement, the ‘Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) asks Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban the sale of the game on their platforms when it is finalized.
CAIR’s statement on Six Days in Fallujah
“CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, calls on major console companies not to host or distribute the Six Days in Fallujah game,” the statement begins. “CAIR claims that, at its core, the game is an ‘Arab assassination simulator’ that glorifies the violence that claimed the lives of more than 800 Iraqi civilians, that justifies the illegal invasion of Iraq, and reinforces Islamophobic narratives”.
“The Second Battle of Fallujah was a violent and bloody fight of the Iraq War that left more than 800 civilians dead, ” they continue. “This tragic episode has come under fire for the military tactics employed by the US, including the use of white phosphorous. In the years after the battle, numerous Iraqi children have been born in Fallujah with birth defects. Along with the use of white phosphorous, post-war reports show that the US military used uranium-coated munitions during the campaign.
Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR coordinator, added the following statements to the statement: “The video game industry must stop dehumanizing Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify the violence that claimed the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians. , to justify the Iraq War, and to bolster anti-Muslim movements at a time when hatred of Muslims continues to threaten human lives. “
The controversial return of Six Days in Fallujah
We understand the events recreated in Six Days in Fallujah are inseparable from politics. pic.twitter.com/N7nkPilp1Q
— Victura (@VicturaGG) March 8, 2021
At the moment, Victura has not responded to the statement. As we mentioned at the beginning, the return of Six Days in Fallujah has been surrounded by controversy due to its approach. But, also, by the own words of its creator Peter Tamte . After stating that their game will be a “real” representation of what happened in the battle, the developer stated at the same time that they will not show documented war crimes as “I don’t think we need to show the atrocities.” That, at the same time that it affirmed that its objective is to provide context to the battle of Fallujah, which generated accusations of revisionism.
This led his company to publish a separate statement where they recognized that, despite what Tamte said previously, his game is political , his actions are necessarily political. And while they will not show those crimes in the gameplay, the separate documentary that will include Six Days in Fallujah will mention the facts. We will be very aware of the possible response of the study in the coming dates, as well as what they can declare from Microsoft, Sony or Valve regarding this appeal.