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Newsweek On Six Days In Fallujah

Since Konami bowed out as publisher, developer Atomic Games has been hoping to land a new home for the controversial military action title, Six Days in Fallujah.

As Big Download points everyone in the direction of a recent Newsweek Magazine feature, we see that Six Days in Fallujah is definitely getting some very real attention. Not surprisingly, there will be multiple obstacles to overcome (the first of which will be to locate a publisher), and Atomic will have to deal with all of them if this game is ever to see the light of day. Firstly, they need to make everyone see that this isn't the typical, everyday shooter; that it kinda belongs in a category all its own. Secondly, the protesters aren't going to stop, and in fact, they'll definitely intensify when and if a publisher schedules the game for release. Regardless of how accurate the depiction may be, or how well it pays homage to the lives lost in the battle and war in question, some people simply don't like the idea. But from a business standpoint, Atomic just wants to get this thing sold. Said head boss Peter Tamte:

"We have a lot of people who are interested in the project. But I'll feel better when we sign something and the checks start coming."

Yes, well, such is the plight of the developer who currently has no publisher. But if you're intrigued by this game, the first part of his statement ought to encourage you. We're not sure if he's referring to potential publishers or gamers in general, but if it's the former, perhaps Six Days in Fallujah will find a new home soon...

Related Game(s): Six Days in Fallujah

6/10/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (43 posts)

RustEDalex
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:35:58 AM
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why is it controversial?

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Victor321
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 6:22:46 PM

Because it's a game based on a real life event. The people that were involved in the event, died and it was a very gruesome battle, or so I've heard.

The people that died, their families were very saddened, and those families have clearly stated that they don't want such an event to be "re-lived" in a game. That's why it's controversial. Hope I helped =)

P.S. Also, if anyone's got more info, please add, I did what I could.

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AntDC
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 9:58:57 PM

Also the use of white phosphorus used by US troops was quite controversial, with the effects it had on civilians and insurgents being quite disturbing.

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RustEDalex
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 11:57:11 AM

ok i see now thanks

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:38:34 AM
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Honestly I can't see what all of the protest is about. We have seen the FPS genre cover every conflict from WWI up to Desert Storm. As long as the game portrays the events in an objective, respectful manner, I see no need to be up in arms over it.

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Kevadu
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:39:38 AM
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I can't help but feel that they're trying to use the controversy to hype what is an otherwise mediocre game.

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:50:49 PM

I wouldn't be surprised.

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:50:49 PM

I wouldn't be surprised.

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:54:38 AM
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Looks like it would make a great game. Even the guys that were in Fallujah say they want the game to be made to show how hard it is to be over there and at war.

If the people that were there are O.K. with it what is the big stink?

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coverton341
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:07:19 PM
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It's controversial because it is based on a FUBAR situation that was instigated by bad decision making and led to the depiction of the US as a bunch of baby raping blood thirsty killers with no conscience of human life. I am not trying to side with anyone here I am just stating facts. The Marines that were apart of the assault on Fallujah have been accused of some very heinous war crimes and a lot of people would rather not have a video game depicting anything about the incident until everything surrounding it has come to light.

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Nynja
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:14:48 PM

How do you feel about parties involved in the incident helped with development of the game/story?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:36:56 PM

Heinous crimes that were proven false by by investigation and military trials. The MSM and grimy politicians are the ones who cooked up these lies. The people doing the accusing were slimy politicians like John Murtha and Nancy Pelosi who seeked the benefit politically by taking the side of the so called "peace" activists. I can see why people would be sensitive to this game coming out so soon(i mean we have yet to see a CoD based in Vietnam)its an unpopular but in my opinion a necessary war. but in all honesty, the only ones i think should have a problem with this is Marines themselves but the Marines i know dont have a problem. If theres any fact based to this game, they see it as an opertunity to get their story told.They know what they did in Fallujah was the right thing to do. People forget the reason we went in was because Al Qeada murdered 3 American contract workers, burned and hanged their mutilated bodies from a bridge. Americans who were building homes for Iraqis. Of course there are going to be bad apples in any large group of people encluding the military. But for the most part they did a good job of ridding the town of the scum that would hide behind civilians using them as human shields and strapping bombs to their own woman and children. the only baby raping blood thirsty killers with no conscience of human life are the people we are fighting. Not our Heros in uniform.I know men who fought in Fallujah. they are good men. Who fought for their country well.

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coverton341
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:02:59 PM

Like I said I am not taking sides at all. I wasn't there I have no idea what happened and I personally don't care. Not to be callous but things happen in war that I don't begin to understand how to justify or even fathom. I don't care if they make the game or not. If they do so be it, I will probably play it. If they don't make it then I won't. I am not anti-America nor am I pro-war. I know what the other side has done and I have seen the videos and yes that is heinous to be assured. Whoever cooked this or fabricated that it has had an impact on a lot of people and that is a fact no one can deny and that is the reason this game is controversial for right or wrong.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:22:42 PM

@coverton341
my apologies. i didnt mean to make you feel like you had to defend yourself. i didnt think you were taking sides. I should have clarfied that from the start. i just wanted to state what i stated for the record is all. Sorry about that.

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Nynja
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:13:26 PM
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SCEA, are you paying attention?

Publish this game.

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whooka
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:28:32 PM

'How do you feel about parties involved in the incident helped with development of the game/story? '

The MARINES involved helped with the game/story, yes, which tells me it's a one-sided depiction of the events of that battle. No disrepect at all to our brave men and women serving overseas but this particular incident/battle has been pretty much officially deemed a massacre of innocent iraqi civilians across the board. not just by the 'librul media' but almost any news source if you google this. the american military commanders admit 'mistakes were made', etc. compare the number of iraqi civilian lives lost to the number of american military lives lost during this battle (again, no disrespect to those soldier's families or memories) and if i were living in the middle east this is the last thing I'd want to hear is now a video game. the developers were kind of stupid to pick this particular battle to base a game on as it's probably one of the most sensitive of the lot and heck, with all the other skirmishes we've racked up over there since the invasion of Iraq they had plenty of others to choose from. they may as well have just made an 'abu ghraib naked prisoner stacking game'...

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:44:40 PM

who says its a massacre? the Islamic terrorist and the anti-war media. Ill take the Marines word for it. Why is it a "massacre" when we go into to capture or kill people who strap bombs to woman an children, turn schools and hospitals in to weapons catches and cut peoples heads off for work with Americans. What do you call what they are doing? Social Justice? The people we are fighting over seas are evil and need to be captured or killed. They think God has ordained then to control the world and to kill anyone in the way. Until every man woman and child is praying to Allah, they will never stop. I mean no disrespect. i just humbly disagree. People need to wake up. French officials have release names of two Islamic terrorists that were on board that Air France plain that disapeared near South America. This war is not over.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:07:18 PM

another thing, all we have heard since the start of the war is the "other side". Our military has been nothing but smeared and spat on since the war started. Its time we heard the Marines side of the story. After all, they are the ones who are actually there. Not these sobs in the MSM hiding out in their penthouses airing terrorist propaganda footage of our soilders being killed on live tv. *cough CNN*.

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coverton341
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:07:56 PM

I think that this has turned a might too political. We all have views but there is no sense in getting into a drawn out political patriotic slam fest because to be honest this is not the place for it and it can only lead to flaming and angry messages. This is a gaming site not CNN or MSNBC. Just saying guys. Let's try to keep things in perspective.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:26:42 PM

again, my apologies if i wasnt clear enough. Im not drawing comparisions between PSX Extreme and CNN nor am i slamming anyone politically. This comment was a direct reply to the gentlemens above about it being biased bacause Marines are invloved. Yes, Marines are helping with the development of the story but thats not a bad thing given that all we have heard for 6 years is the anti-war left screaming about how terrible our military is. Its time to let the Military tell their story. No slams, no hostility. please dont take my comments the wrong way. =)

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RustEDalex
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:33:20 PM
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can they just release it as a game for download or is a publisher still needed

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whooka
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:24:32 PM
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Yup, all lies. And the Abu Ghraib pictures of detainee abuse were made up as well. Prob shot on a film set using extras. That's right, any report of anything America does wrong is fabricated! And as far as the media slanting everything towards the muslim extremist's side of things (remember, Iraqi's never had a thing to do with 9/11, which Dick Cheney even just said on tely), give me a break! It was their banging the war drum at their corporate owner's behalf and Colin Powell's lies to the UN council that led to the invasion. The American press were the only ones that bought Powell's claims for invasion at the UN, btw. Europeans weren't as gullible and pretty much thought there was no justification for America invading Iraq. We started the actual 'war'. Terrorists have been around forever and always will be, doesn't mean you have to invade a country that had nothing to do with it, make it a mess, and lose alot of american lives to this 'cause'.

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coverton341
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:30:12 PM

See this is what I mean. We are getting a bit too riled up about things that don't have any business here. There are a few things that spark controversy and they are religion, politics, and patriotism. This game has it all and these comments are starting to derive too much from those issues and derail from the fact that this is a gaming site and not a societal debate forum. Yes we all have views some of them differ from others but we are all gamers and we should focus on that here instead of the things this is turning into.
Again I would like to cover my own @ss and reiterate I am not in any way taking a side for anyone I am just saying let's move along.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 1:31:07 PM

@whooka
if you read my post. i stated there are going to be bad apples in any large group of people. I never said Abu Grab was staged, i think its terrible what those soldiers did and they have recvd the appropriate punishment. But it doesn’t compare to what the people do to our soldiers when caught on the battle field. Dont forget about the Nick Burg beheading (way before the Abu Grab incident) and the many soldiers mutilated bodies we have found in trash bags on the side of the road. What happened in Abu Grab is terrible, but it doesn’t compare to what the enemy does to us when captured. ANd your right we dont have to invade every contry that sponsers terrorism nor have we, But waiting for another 9/11 to happen before we do anything about it doesnt seem like the right thing to do. With that said. this is my last post on the subject. coverton341 is right. This doesnt need to turn into an arguement.

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N a S a H
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 2:29:16 PM

I hope you're being sarcastic. Those pictures were REAL. What happened there, it was all real. Those US Marines should all rot in hell.

Go watch a documentary called "Taxi To The Dark Side".

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 2:45:16 PM

Nasah, the fact that your able to freely browese the web and make the ignorent comments you make without worrying about the "big bad evil marines" coming to get you is a testimate to the hard work and devotion to freedom our fighting men and woman are doing. Freedom isnt free and the Marines have been keeping us free since 1775.

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Godslim
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 3:14:18 PM

jawknee the marines have no right to be in iraq at all....u luv what they doing so much go fight over there.....
oh and as for this comment
"do to our soldiers when caught on the battle field"

i dont blame them to be honest your off in their country killing them and another 9/11 there wouldnt be a 9/11 if america was the "Worlds police"

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jaybiv
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 2:29:50 PM
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Dudes, this is a video game site, not the Huffington Post. I am interested in more footage of this game. From what I've seen so far, it is uber hot!

America has too many sacred cows in my opinion. We will watch violent and sadistic fictional movies/shows but let someone show a true depiction and all hell breaks loose. Release the game already.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 3:43:45 PM
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Godslim,1st off I have and second, if America wasn't forced to be the "worlds police" then the Nazi's would have won and South Korea wouldn't be free. With out America the world would be in a much darker state. America is no where near being perfect, but we have done more to advance freedom and goodness in then world then any nation in worlds history. War is ugly and unfortunantly a sad part of the normal human condition. You can't tell me that Iraqi's and the world are not better off with out Sadam in the world. Iraqi's are more free now then they have ever been. I pat my fellow Americans and the brave Iraqi's who are brave enough to fight for their freedom and the 75% off Iraqi's who thank us. Release the game.

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whooka
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 3:54:02 PM
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Why wait for the game? Anyone of you folks that excited about it can actually get the most immersive, real-time experience of your life and get paid for doing it. Enlist! They actually need more american military personnel for both Iraq and Afghanistan and they've lowered the standards for soldiers in all categories so just about anyone can join. You get a real gun and get to shoot real people. Per some of the posts in this thread it sounds like it would be a dream for alot of you so why don't you stop arguing about all this and join the actual Army????!!! uh huh, thought so.
laff.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 4:04:07 PM
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Okay, that's enough. I hate putting up articles about this game because this has a tendency to happen. NO more political wars, got it?

And whooka, honestly...go be anti-everything-U.S. somewhere else. We get enough of the uber-liberal rantings on CNN and Comedy Central.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 6:48:01 PM
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This game deserves to see the light of day. If they want to show what war is really like, they should be allowed to do so. Though if that's the case, I expect this game to be a brutal, honest portrayal of what goes on in the heat of battle.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 7:39:25 PM
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Bring the game on!
I for one, want to hear what those 6 Marines had to say. Now we just need a publisher with some guts that can bring the story out.

@Jawknee,
In respect to this site, I wont make the long-winded comment that I was about to do, but know one thing, that I'm a 100% with ya on this thread.

Nuff said!

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Esco_san
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 8:52:31 PM
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this is why this game should never be released, all war does is divide especially a fresh war like this one. no offense but as a former solder the fallujah conflict was sickening and carried out porly which gave middle east muslim media something to spin. a war about the entire war maybe better than just this battle. marines can share their side in other ways. truthfully theres no honor in this game, men women and children died for the cause of defeating terror in one town no one wins. and seeing as i'm liberal supportive of brothers and sisters in uniform but totally agaisnt this war i think bashing on a liberal is wrong, this thread seems like something on foxnews

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 10:04:53 AM

Thank you for you Service but goodness, please get over Fox News already. They are no more biased to the right then CNN, MSNBC, CBS, The New York Times, the Washington Times, ABC, Comedy Cental, just about every Late Night show, etc to the left. I think the Marines who were in Fallujah have a right to tell their story, and if this game is the medium they choose then so be it. Im disappointed in Konami's willingness to fold under the pressure of poltical correctness.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 1:36:07 AM
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wait another 30 years or so and i bet we'll see a bunch/few games like this

that's all that needs to happen is the passage of time

think about it, look how many WW2 games there are now
granted the U.S. was fighting a different enemy back then

a war on terror is what we are fighting now, so yes there is a pretty big difference

however, i don't think that should change if the game comes out or not

i'm not about to start talking politics

i'm just saying....

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 10:00:49 AM

Well the only two groups of people its ok to kill is mass in video games or movies are Nazi's and Zombies. Its politically incorrect to fight against Al Qaeda type terrorists. Look at CoD4 for example. They were Arab Communists...lol Political Correctness is killing free speech. Do you remember the movie True Lies? the bad guys were a group called The Crimson Jihad. No way in todays climate would a movie like that be made again. Not with todays Hollyweird and MSM.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 3:31:19 PM

indeed, political correctness is a bunch of bullsh*t

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 5:39:21 PM
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Off the top of my head there, I can remember at least 2 Vietnam War games that have been out for some time now.

Conflict: Vietnam(2004)
Vietcong: Purple Haze(2002)


And other game that was loosely based on the shooting down of our 2 Black Hawks in Mogadishu, Somalia too.

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down(2005)

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 6:07:35 PM

Ive never heard of those games. Ill look them up though. This whole thing reminds me of the all the nonsense about RE5. Cant base RE5 in Africa cause its politically incorrect to protray Africans and villians. Now its "cant make a game about Fallujah cause its poltically incorrect to portray terrorists as terrorists". I dont know which one is worse.

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AntDC
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 11:17:12 PM

I find it quite surprising that you guys haven't heard of many Vietnam games, some of the top of my head I can remember now are games like Shellshock: Vietnam and Battlefield: Vietnam. Is it possible that these games intentionally don't get much coverage in the United States?

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Jawknee
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 12:46:27 AM

Forgot about Shellshock. Probably because it got horrible reviews. CoD needs to do one.

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 10:03:56 PM
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@Jawknee,
Yup, know what ya mean about RE5, it was just way too much ado about nothing.
But I'll bet the contreversy help to sell that many more games.

Anyway, if it helps, I'm not sure if any of the games I listed were multiplat's or not, but all of mine are in my original Xbox collection

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down(2005), made by Novalogic

Conflict: Vietnam(2004), made by GlobalStar Software

Vietcong: Purple Haze(2002), made by Gathering

"ShellShock Nam 67"(2004) that AntDC mentioned, I also have that one too for the 1st Xbox.


Don't have the "Battlefield: Vietnam" that AntDc mentioned, but now I'll be a-hunting for that one too.

Hope that helps some









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