War on Terror: The Boardgame is just about to hit the streets in England. The aim of the game is world domination, with ‘terrorists’ fighting against ’empire builders’.
Predicatably, people are upset – particularly those who survived terrorist attacks:
“If someone had told me that barely a year after the London bombings someone would create a board game like this, I wouldn’t have believed them. It is beyond belief,” said Jacqui Putnam who was injured during the suicide bombings, which killed 52 commuters in the British capital.
“The idea that it can be reduced to a board game … amazing. And they announce the release on the anniversary of 9/11!” she said.
The decision to release it on the anniversary of 9/11 was certainly crass and, doubtless, the game itself will be too.
But, when it really comes down to it, I can’t see much of a difference between this game and Risk. Or any PC wargame.