War Photographer, the Video Game?

Well, this is certainly an interesting take on the “first person shooter” type war video game. An Australia-based company called Defiant Development has created a video game called Warco: The News Game where the goal is to capture images and videos of scenes of war and then edit them into a story.

Another unique angle is that the game’s main Warco, i.e. “war correspondent” character, Jesse DeMarco, is a woman. (Pretty unusual for a war-based video game.)

Here’s how the game is described on Defiant’s site.

WARCO lets players shoot and record what they see ‘through the lens’ – framing shots, panning and zooming, grabbing powerful images of combatants and civilians caught up in war. They’ve got AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades – you’ve got a flak jacket, a video camera, and a burning desire to get the story. Every game space is embedded with multiple objectives and story leads for journalist Jesse DeMarco to find – a scoop if she’s smart, mortal danger if she drops her guard. Record dramatic images of war, save them in-game, then edit the results into a compelling frontline TV news story. Beam the results to global audiences on the web.

From the screen shots and trailer for Warco (see below) it seems the correspondent is a video journalist, not a still photographer.

We’re wondering though what PDN readers think of the concept of making a photojournalist the focus of a war-based video game. Good idea? Bad idea? Can’t wait to get your hands on the game?

(via Laughing Squid)

6 Responses to “War Photographer, the Video Game?”

  1. Jeremy Corbin Says:

    I’m interested in the game, but I do wish it had a Photography option.

    Other “War Games” have options of different weapons and tools to use on missions…. so why should this war game be any different by having “video” be the only tool? Imagine starting off with a 50mm lens and having to perform your job well in order to “upgrade” to a telephoto lens to get the shot while staying away from the danger!

    Why not include audio? The option to have bugs(hidden mics) and other recording equipment could really turn the game from an idea into a hit!

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  3. DizD Says:

    who outside of photography would be in interested in this game?

  4. Devon Says:

    Like Pokemon Snap meets Call of Duty.

  5. William Thomas Cain Says:

    I think it’s in very poor taste.

  6. Toni Says:

    I think this is a brilliant concept! Something that generates some thought about war beyond generating duty, fear and hate into inhumane aggression.
    I am sorry that I am too old for these games period. The controls and game play is so complex. My husband’s generation grew up on games, not mine (we are 5 years apart!). Still I will try this game if I can find it. My husband is interested too, ‘Mr. Call of Duty’.
    This game is for the grown-ups I guess. If it is well done it will be big. Social media and revolutions being the current phenome, people are already doing this daily.