Revolutionary new video game puts you in the shoes of a civilian in a war zone

There are thousands of war-themed video games, but how many of them place you in the mind of a civilian bearing the brunt of war?

A new war-based video game “This War of Mine,” goes beyond the generic narrative of soldiers protecting their country, as gamers deal with the stress of making life and death decisions to survive a war-torn city.

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Two Dutch girls use chalk to write slogans and messages for friends and relatives in other towns on a tank after the liberation of Breda by the Allied Polish 1st Armoured Division. Many civilians in occupied countries would write messages on the tanks of their liberators, knowing that these tanks would soon move on to the next town, hoping their friends or relatives would see the messages. On the tank you can see names, addresses and “Alles goed" ("All is good" in Dutch). Breda, North Brabant, the Netherlands. November 1944.

How Grand, Master Kenway!
  • How Grand, Master Kenway!
  • Suitor/Jennifer Scott/Jenny Kenway/Edward Kenway/Haytham Kenway
  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

Suitor: Miss Jennifer Kenway. May I introduce myself…

Jennifer: Jennifer Scott, if you please.

Suitor: I’m sorry. I- I…

Edward: My daughter was raised by her Mother, Caroline, until she passed away some Years ago. Jenny prefers to use her Surname to mine.

Suitor: Ah. Forgive my Ignorance.

Edward: I will. She may not.

Haytham: Father, help me!


Edward: This little Rascal, however, IS a Kenway. What’s wrong, Haytham?

Haytham: I can’t see the Stage!

Edward: Up we go.


How’s that?

Haytham: Fine. But won’t your Arms tire?

Edward: Hey, I’m not so old as that! But if they do, then we shall quit this posh Gig and go and meet your Mother for some Chocolate at White’s. How’s that sound?

Haytham: Yes, please!

Edward: Ok. Hush now…


Happy birthday Edward Kenway!
☼ 10 March 1693
† 3 December 1735

(So many March babies! Haha)


Eleven-year-old Zardana, is helped with her sandals by her father Samiullah after an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013. She recounted the night of March 11, 2012 when a U.S. soldier attacked their family home, shooting her in the head and killing 11 relatives. She suffered nerve damage on her left side and has to walk with a cane. Her hand is too weak to hold anything heavy. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Afghan men chant “U.S. special operations forces out!” as several hundred demonstrators march to the Afghan parliament building to protest against the continued presence of U.S. commandos in Afghanistan’s troubled Wardak province, on March 16, 2013. The demonstrators were demanding the release of nine local citizens they believe were detained by the U.S. forces.


Civilian Gas Masks During World War 2 in Britain

Everyone in Britain was given a gas mask in a cardboard box, to protect them from gas bombs, which could be dropped during air raids. By September 1939 some 38 million gas masks had been given out, house to house, to families. Thankfully, they were never to be needed.

Gas had been used a great deal in the First World War and many soldiers had died or been injured in gas attacks. During World War II , there was a fear that it would be used against ordinary people at home in Britain. Citizens were advised to have their gas masks with them at all times. Air raid siren tests were frequent and citizens were required to practice wearing their gas masks.

Civilian vs Military Relationships

This Scenario:

Military Girl: God I miss him…
Civilian Girl: Well you chose that life…

Is just as wrong as this scenario:

Civilian Girl: I miss him! I haven’t seen him in 2 days..
Military Girl: Pfftt Two days? Try 2 months.. or 6 months, 9 months.. a year. And then get back to me.

Stop being assholes to each other.
And realize you both miss your significant others, and that’s okay. 

A Chinese toddler, killed during a Japanese aerial attack on civilians at the Shanghai South Railway Station during the Battle of Shanghai, is taken away from the scene. Some 1,800 people, mostly women and children, had been waiting at the railway station when the Imperial Japanese Navy had likely mistaken them for a troop movement. It is estimated that approximately 300 of the civilians at the station were killed. Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. 28 August 1937.