When it comes to video games and movies, Russians seem to get a bad rap as usually portraying either communists or the bad guys, but it seems that the Russian government is hoping to change that by encouraging local developers to create more “patriotic” games that will help promote “historically truthful” events, at least that’s what the folks at the Hollywood Reporter are saying. According to Arseny Mironov, an aide to the Russian culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, he was quoted as telling Russian nuewspaper Izvestiya, “A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education.”
This was in response to Relic Entertainment’s Company of Heroes 2, which some felt unfairly portrayed the country’s actions in World War 2. The Russian government is also looking at the possibility of banning games that will “discredit the Russian soldier” and “distort historic facts”. The first game in development will be focused on World War 1 and the Russian military’s aviation and will most likely see a release in 2014, although it is unclear if this will be a global release or if it will be exclusive to Russia where they hope their citizens will feel some kind of national pride by playing these games. What do you guys think of patriotic games?