Games as Social Commentary – This War of Mine

This War of Mine by 11bit studios is an amazing piece of storytelling. The bleak palette used throughout the game draws the player into the desperate struggle to survive as a civilian during war.

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Inspired by the events of the siege of Sarajevo and the stories of civilians caught in the city during the longest city siege of modern times you are thrust into making heart wrenching decisions in order for your group of people to survive. Do you rob a defenceless old couple, shoot a soldier knowing there might be repercussions, help others or threaten and assault people to get what you want. There can be no doubt the events you experience in this game will change your perspective of conflict.

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I was lucky enough to visit Sarajevo in August 2014 and while the city and region is bouncing back it is still severely scarred by the events of the early 1990s.