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Command and Conquer dev: GLA was "pretty offensive"

Command and Conquer dev: GLA was "pretty offensive"

Wed 12 Jun 2013 9:12am GMT / 5:12am EDT / 2:12am PDT
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"Now we'll probably just offend everybody"

The next incarnation of classic strategy franchise Command and Conquer will attempt to break away from its traditional Middle Eastern enemies, in an attempt to make the title more politically correct.

"This is actually a pretty big change for the game. Anyone who knows this series will know the Global Liberation Army," Tim Morten of developer Victory Games told Polygon.

"But at the studio we had a bad reaction from people saying it was pretty offensive to have Middle-Eastern characters as militants."

Previously the Global Liberation Army featured in the game has a very Middle Eastern look, and its operations within the game have spanned to locations such as Somalia, Kazakhstan and Russia.

In the future Victory promised the enemies will be lead by five more ethnically varied generals.

"Now we'll probably just offend everybody"

The game is due for release this year, and will combine the series' strategy game play with a free-to-play business model. It's the first title for EA studio Victory Games, which spent almost a year as BioWare Victory between 2011 and 2012.

14 Comments

Andrew Watson
Programmer

79 135 1.7
It's only offensive if people choose to be offended by it.

Posted:10 months ago

#1

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,992 900 0.5
"Now we'll probably just offend everybody"
I'm more offended by the free to play model, har har... long live the GLA!!!

Posted:10 months ago

#2

Sam Brown
Programmer

237 163 0.7
It's only offensive if people choose to be offended by it.
Yes, but conversely your game will only be successful if people play it. And if it offends them, whether by choice or not, people won't play it. ;)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sam Brown on 12th June 2013 10:57am

Posted:10 months ago

#3

Craig Burkey
Software Engineer

148 105 0.7
Some people like being offended

Posted:10 months ago

#4

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

631 223 0.4

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tom Keresztes on 12th June 2013 12:28pm

Posted:10 months ago

#5

Joshua Rose
Executive Producer / Lead Designer

191 74 0.4
Hey... If it works for South Park, why not?

If you're afraid of offending one person, then screw it and offend everybody!

At least that way when the pitchfork toting villagers come knocking down your front door they will be a rather diversified unruly mob.

Posted:10 months ago

#6

Alex Bunch
Proof Reader

87 86 1.0
If only complainers would understand that you don't have a right NOT to be offended.

Posted:10 months ago

#7

Paul Gheran
Scrum Master

129 27 0.2
AK-47s FOR EVERYONE!!!!

Posted:10 months ago

#8

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

1,371 1,017 0.7
I can see where they're coming from, the people who say they're offended by it. On top of that, though, I would say that it's akin to many Hollywood films after Die Hard having an English character actor as a villain - something that, past a certain point, is just tired and cliched.

Posted:10 months ago

#9

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,992 900 0.5
@Morville - Heh, yeah... I was thinking of True Lies and it's very kooky "Crimson Jihad" villains that offended some but didn't hurt that films boxoffice at all. Now, that would be seen as overkill (unless you're Fox, who got away with worse stereotyping on 24 for a few years afterwards)...

Posted:10 months ago

#10

Gary LaRochelle
Digital Artist/Game Designer

57 40 0.7
You could always take the safe route: Zombies.

Posted:10 months ago

#11

Ralph Tricoche
IT Professional

29 58 2.0
I loved the GLA. This free to play abomination being created as the next C&C Generals is offensive.

Posted:8 months ago

#12

Keldon Alleyne
Handheld Developer

422 361 0.9
I don't think people like being offended. Stereotypes hurt.

Well maybe some people do. But I really don't think this is the case here. It's not like the depiction of certain ethnic groups isn't a hot topic and mosques aren't being burned down with people in it.

There's very little that separates the message of the game with that of propaganda art. Of course it's a war game and an enemy is needed, but I guess that having spent a lot of time with some simple minded folks I have witnessed how many people actually feed into these stereotypes. One even mentioned how he was considering joining the BNP after 9/11 ... ... ...

But if you think outside of the box you can get a win win. How about the Allies are Iraqi and Sudanese armies trying to wipe out extremism with the help of the US, France and Britain. There, you've not painted brown people as the enemy, and then you can call out anyone who gets offended as you've no longer marginalised them.

Posted:8 months ago

#13

Keldon Alleyne
Handheld Developer

422 361 0.9
"I find it offensive that you find me offensive" - Eminem
Just a thought but aren't the anti-offensive people just as offended that what what they like is being found offensive?

Posted:8 months ago

#14

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