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#1 12 years ago

Over the past 7 or so years of my WWII gaming "career" there's always been something that really bothers me: the absence of anything having to do with the Pacific Theater.

Yes - there are games like the two Medal of Honor games (Rising Sun and Pacific Assault) and the newer game Battlestations Midway but overall there seems to be some unbalanced exposure going on between the European Theater and the Pacific Theater.

Sure, there are many combat flight simulators and hardcore strat games out there that cover it but there's almost under ten games as far as FPS. Why? While I love the good ol' Normandy invasion and shootin some Nazis it does get tiring after awhile to just see game after game after game cover the same thing only from a different angle.

Is there something about the Pacific Theater that was so awful we cant make it into any games? I dont think so...could it be that the Pacific Theater is more of a strat oriented kind of thing given the fact that it was island hopping and mostly naval and air battles? Could be. Yet, if FPS games can cover the same Operation over and over again and make fans and money then I'm sure there's enough FPS content there to use right? Could it be that since most game makers are Japanese (going by a stereotype here but still...) they arent that eager to put their nationality in a game where they're the enemy of freedom and righteousness?*

I dont know, it's an interesting debate on why such things as video games have hardly touched this crucial and challenging portion of history.

*I hear supposedly that Japanese children in school are actually told in their history text books that Japan did not in fact lose WWII. All the events and such are there but it never outrightly says that they were defeated by Britain, the USA, and Australia. It also never says anything about them being in the wrong during that time nor does it mention anything about the cruelty to China and Korea.




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#2 12 years ago

well....people dont like the pacific threter as much as europ, tho it would be a great change for games like COD or MOH (even tho they did make two for it...they were bugie as all fuck)....

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#3 12 years ago

I say, yes we should have pacific. However Europe is more liked, I think the best idea was the idea BF1942 used, having all the theatre's proves fun, although I say we should get more Pacific theatre games... Imagine fighting in the pacific with CoD, they could make like the British, Americans and Australians vs. The Japaneese, same with other games....

However, I do not see that happening any time soon!




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#4 12 years ago

The two of you have said something about that theater not being "liked", yet how can anyone have the chance to like it when there arent even any games for it?

We've just gotten used to the European theater and killing Nazis as gamers. Actually I think we're doing the men who served in the Pacific a great dishonor by not making anything having to do with what they went through...not to say that WWII video games = history but they can at least give you SOME sort of visual and physical insight on a certain event or time...the same way with movies too...if you just read about Omaha beach in a text book you would get all the facts but you wouldnt have that "holy crap" feeling you'd get from watching the first scene of Saving Private Ryan or playin the D-Day level in MoH: AA ya know?

Maybe it's b/c my two grandfathers served in the Pacific, maybe not but either way I'm extremely dumbfounded and disappointed that no game maker seems to want to touch this subject




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#5 12 years ago

I think the only reason the European Theater is liked more is that you get to be the "1337 Germanz!" I liked Rising Sun and would very much enjoy another good Pacific Theater fps.


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#6 12 years ago
I think the only reason the European Theater is liked more is that you get to be the "1337 Germanz!"

What are you even talking about? explain yourself please




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#7 12 years ago

People think the German equipment is the be all, end all of military hardware. If they don’t get their StG44s then there is frankly no point in playing.


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#8 12 years ago
People think the German equipment is the be all, end all of military hardware. If they don’t get their StG44s then there is frankly no point in playing.

Yeah but in most WWII FPS you dont actually ever play as the Germans...I have yet to find an FPS where the single player is German oriented and based.

I think you're thoughts on EVERYONE loving the STG-44 is a little over exaggerated Menace. Also, it is true that the German weapons are the superior as far as games like COD and MoH go, and in reality most of the German weapons were more powerful and better than the US, Brit, and Russian weapons.




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#9 12 years ago

I used the StG44 for German equipment in general, I personally favor rifles. And the important part isn't that you can play as the Germans in single player, it's that you can play them in multiplayer. Games live and die on their multiplayer and people want to play as the Germans. Again, I'm not implying everyone wants to play Germans, I play Russia. But enough people swear by the Germans where removing them could be less profitable and that’s all developers care about.

Similarly adding the Japanese may not be as well received in Japan, a huge video game consumer.


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#10 12 years ago
Similarly adding the Japanese may not be as well received in Japan, a huge video game consumer.

Yeah - that's exactly why I'm thinking there arent many games on the Pacific...it kinda makes sense though...what country would voluntarily make a game where they're country is the "evil empire". But that's not to say that some American/British game developers counldn't make one though




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