MUD2MMO Classic: Based on a True Story

In this classic episode, Tyger asks the quesiton “Should video games be historically accurate?” You may be surprised!

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11 comments

  1. As a european history teacher, amen to you, sir.

  2. (^other Manuel! :))
    Historically accurate games… I’d play that. Plus, being someone that is ashamed of the history of my country (México) both old and current, It might be an enlightening experience to simulate the experience of other(s) nation’s history.

    • I would have loved to play a game taking place in current Mexico about the Cartel wars, it would be eye opening to a lot of Americans to know what’s going on down there. (Call of Juarez doesn’t count, and you all know that!) But I think most studios are scared to do that, for many reasons.

  3. The quality of people’s education depends on which school that they go to, and which classes they take at said school.

    I went to a rural high school and it was pretty varied, and up to date, in the technology, facilities, and variety of classes available. I took Advanced Social Studies, and it was a class full of pretty smart people which was taught by a very smart man: The things we discussed were very uncensored and thorough.

    I’m sure that the regular Social Studies classes were full of schmucks picking their noses, laughing at old works of art “Look, tits!”, and just dragging down the general intelligence of the room but I don’t doubt that the teachers were smart people who, at least, tried to give people a decent education.

    It sounds like you either went to A) a school that barred girls from going to the prom for wearing sleeveless dresses or, gasp, pants, or B) a school that was grateful to have a graduating class at all.

    • Youtube threw a hissy fit at me so I had to alter a segment of the original show. the segment I was talking about my high school originally had background footage from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” movie. Specifically, “Another Brick in the Wall pt 2”. A visual cue I had to remove, and I feel like the show suffered for it.

      That’s all I’m going to say, any more than that makes my blood pressure shoot and my nose bleed.

  4. About the holocaust.

    As a gamer and a Jew I would love to see a game tacking the holocaust, either from the point of view of the allied soldiers who had to liberate the camp, or even from the point of view of a holocaust survivors (or victim). The trouble is that our society won’t allow it, it simply don’t trust video games to tackle this kinds of subject. Look up the ill-fated game that tried just this: “imagination is the only escape”, and while you are at this loot at another game that never got a chance to be made “six days at Fallujah”. (Extra credits made an episode about the second one.)

    Video games can be historically accurate in the technical details, tank, guns and architecture all these things are safe territory for games to recreate and things that many people want to explore. I’d even say that there is value in this, the history of engineering is a field worth studying in on itself. But when they try to tackle the real history in anything that comes close to these details, especially recent history, they encounter strong backlash. The two example I’ve brought where described as “disrespectful” and as stepping out of place by their detractors. They ultimately lost the support of their intended publishers and any hope to be distributed if ever finished. How can we have historically accurate games in such a society?

  5. LuciusMadgloom

    Man Am I happy about how much of history from outside our boarders we have to learn from primary school till high school(I’m from Poland.. Greetings btw ). Granted I hated History class (suck at remembering dates) & almost had to repeat a class in high school cause of it, but I still appreciate it, though it does give you a little sense of smugness over ppl in the US. Mostly cause of the fact how much more I had to learn about other countries here & how much more of that my country has… Personally I recommend looking into history specifically the bad stuff cause than its very easy to pick up on certain things understand how some countries could make certain mistakes. That really helps at occasions like voting for a government officials… Heck I recommend to ppl to watch some speeches by Hitler. You’ll understand how Germany could get behind that guy, realize he didn’t start with “BURN ALL THE JEWS & CONQUER THE WORLD” (which is a very common perception of the guy) & finally (this is the most important) make you aware of certain pointers… Like in all honestly it can be frightening to pick up on a similarity between Hitler or Stalin & one of the Government officials you’re supposed to vote. You’d be surrprised how easy it is to over look sth like that & That helps cause than you know who not to vote for, or who you need to vote for so sb won’t get into power, cause they shouldn’t

  6. Another good example of this, although it’s not actually based on a true story, was Medal of Honor. A lot of people were enraged that you could play the terrorists in the multiplayer and kill American soldiers.

  7. Singling out Fox News was itself an example of ignoring history. Well, very, very recent history. MSNBC has a worse track record.

    More to your point, I don’t see an obligation for video games to teach. To have them avoid actively misleading kids… Well, there you might have me.

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