Iman Hadieh was standing outside a bar smoking with some new friends on the evening of October 6 when the police cars came. It was about eight young black men, and her, a woman of Palestinian origin who describes herself as white.
“I can’t tell you how many vehicles descended upon us because it all happened so fast,” she said. The cars were unmarked. But she knew it was the cops when they jumped out in black vests and hats, some with their guns drawn, she said. Some she didn’t see jump from their cars, but they appeared instead to come out of nowhere. She estimates there were 10 or 12 officers in all. Two witnesses who live on the block confirmed seeing a group of about 8 people lined up against a wall and frisked. They did not see the initial jump-out and could not confirm whether officers had their guns drawn.
Before Hadieh could take in what had happened, the officers were in their faces, touching and prodding the young men she was standing with near the corner of 14th Street NW and Parkwood Place in Washington, D.C. The men fell into line, signaling that it wasn’t their first time the police had jumped out at them. But as a light-skinned woman, it was hers.
“I knew they were ‘police’ per se, but they weren’t moving, talking or behaving in any way like police usually do,” Hadieh said. “It was highly tactical and organized, very militarized.”
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Games by Latinxs or Latin American Developers and Studios:
Toren: Experience the mysterious, timeless world of Toren, the first adventure game from Brazilian indie developer Swordtales. You are Moonchild, destined to climb the tower (known as Toren) on a hauntingly solitary journey to find your purpose.
PANORAMICAL: “An album of interactive musical landscapes that morph to your touch.”
Chroma Squad: A tactical RPG about five stunt actors who decide to quit their jobs and start their own Power Rangers-inspired TV show! Cast actors, purchase equipment and upgrades for your studio, craft weapons and giant Mechas out of cardboard and duct tape.
Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather: A platform game which the main aspect of its mechanics is the possibility of changing your stance. This stances define attributes such Speed, Jump Force, Attacks and Special Abilities. The player must choose between these stances to overcome obstacles and fight the Spirits of the Forest in a quick, intuitive and fun gameplay mechanic.
Mulaka: Action-adventure at its finest. Explore an accurate digitalization of the Tarahumara Sierra in a 3D open world environment while solving puzzles, collecting magic herbs, fighting soul-eating foes, and running with the world-renowned Rarámuri prowess.
Daily Espada: Some good ol’ family man ends up in the creepiest TV show ever about trying to take down Brazilian culture’s most fearsome creatures. Why? Because the prizes are worth it? Maybe. His wife thinks so.
Breach TD: A free-to-play mobile game. Breach TD takes tower defense one step further with an action-packed mix of real-time strategy and MOBA-like gameplay.
MilitAnt: A side-scrolling
platform/shooter by independent game developer Xibalba Studios. Set in a
world ruled by insects, a lone soldier ant must defend his home colony
at all costs from a brutal invasion by the enemy bug nations.
Major Contract: A challenging 2D side-scroller where you must collect resources from a series of planets in order to complete your mining Contract.
Kerbal Space Program:
In KSP you must build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!
Rock of Ages:
A rock-solid combination of rock-rolling action, deep strategy, and captivating art and music from different ages of history, this is a game of crush or be crushed!
Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command!
Trivia Crack/Preguntados: A mobile app that allows users to compete against friends and people around the world. Modeled after popular games like Trivial Pursuit.
Heart Forth, Alicia: An epic Metroidvania RPG that combines timeless 16- and 32-bit gameplay, modern mechanics, and a set of unique, intertwining stories to take you on a fantastic journey.
An immersive horror adventure, featuring a complex story and deep atmosphere.
Ernesto: Ernesto must survive deadly dungeons, solve riddles and grow strong to slay the DRAGON terrorizing the land. A game about drawing an adventure through traps, treasure and magic.
Xilo: “It’s a game by Brazilians, for Brazilians, as few people outside our
borders can understand or relate to what’s going on. It’s first A Brazilian Game (wow!), second a
Flat Kingdom: “A 2.5D platform in this game you’ll be able to change into 3 different shapes: triangle, circle and square.“
Latinx or Latin American Developers and Studios:
Space Rhino Games: “Space Rhino Games was established in 2013 to develop video games for
multiple gaming platforms. We aim to promote team-based
gameplay while delivering an action packed experience, and also
fostering and building a strong, avid, and loyal online community.” Based in Puerto Rico.
“Senscape was founded in 2010 by Agustín Cordes, better known as the designer of the cult classic and award-winning Scratches adventure. Based in Argentina, Senscape aims to become a key company of independently developed videogames and in particular the adventure genre.”
Xibalba Studios: “Xibalba Studios is a pioneer Latin American game
developer with a global vision devoted to creating games that are
original, innovative, and above all fun by using the latest gaming
technology to achieve the highest quality standards. Founded on November
15th, 2004 in the city of Monterrey (Mexico).”
“An independent games studio based originally in Puerto Rico. Dogfire strides to craft experiences that are unique twists on existing ideas and adding depth and meaning to simple fun gameplay mechanics.”
HyperBeard Games: “Born in early 2014, HyperBeard Games is a Mexican independent studio
formed by 2 people, Antonio Uribe and Juan Pablo Riebeling. They
combined their programming and illustration skills in order to do what
they love: video games.”
Leap Game Studios: “LEAP Game Studios is a videogame company. We create experiences for different platforms and users.” Based in Peru.
Magpie Games: “Founded in early 2011 by Mark Truman and Marissa Kelly,
hopes to inspire a new generation of roleplayers to create emotional,
expansive stories spanning a wide variety of genres and styles.”
Freaky Creations: “An independent game development studio based in
Guayaquil, Ecuador. The studio was officially founded on March 2012 by
12 Ecuadorian developers.”
Daniel Benmergui: An independent game designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina known for the creation of art games such as Ernesto, Today I Die, I Wish I Were the Moon, and Storyteller.
Whitney Beltrán: “A
myth consultant in TV, film, and game development. She is
currently developing her own game, Bluebeard’s Bride.”
Gonzalo Frasca: “A game designer and academic researcher focusing on serious and political videogames. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he established Powerful Robot Games, a videogame studio.”
Games that Showcase Latin America or Latinidad (or are set in/inspired by Latin America):
Guacamelee! A Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters.
Sunset: It’s 1972 and a military coup has rocked Anchuria. You, Angela Burnes, are trapped in the metropolitan capital of San Bavón. Your paradise has turned into a warzone. You take up a job as a housekeeper. Every week, an hour before sunset, you clean the swanky bachelor pad of the wealthy Gabriel Ortega.
Papo & Yo: Quico’s best friend, Monster, is a huge beast with razor-sharp teeth, but that doesn’t scare Quico away from playing with him. That said, Monster does have a very dangerous problem: an addiction to poisonous frogs.
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation: A historical action-adventure open world stealth video game developed and published by Ubisoft. The game features the series’ first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré, an African-French Assassin around the end of the French and Indian War, in 18th century New Orleans and Chichen Itza.
Expeditions: Conquistador: A squad-based tactical role-playing game developed by Logic Artists and released by BitComposer in May 2013. The player takes the role of a Spanish conquistador leading an expedition to Hispaniola and Mexico in 1518 to 1520.
Red Dead Redemption: An open world, western action-adventure video game, set during the decline of the American Frontier in the year 1911, following John Marston, a former outlaw whose wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a bounty hunter.
Tropico 5: A construction and management simulation video game set in the island nation of Tropico. Expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century.
Just Cause 2;
Just Cause 3: An action-adventure video game series created by Avalanche Studios. The games are set on fictional islands in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the Mediterranean.
Snuggle/Smuggle Truck: “His game… was Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration, where a bumpy pickup truck carried cartoony [undocumented] immigrants across the Mexican border with the United States… the game includes a “Legal Immigration” mode, where the player can sit
in a waiting room for 19 years, attempting to get a green card.” [Source]
Max Payne 3: A third-person shooter video game developed by Rockstar Studiosand published by Rockstar Games. The game is set in São Paulo, Brazil, several years after the events of the second game.
Fallout: New Vegas: An action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic, open world environment around the area of Nevada, California, and Arizona.
Grim Fandango: “An adventure game released by LucasArts in 1998. Grim Fandango 's world combines elements of the Aztec belief of afterlife with style aspects of film noir.“
Latinx or Latin American Streamers, Let’s Players, Podcasters, etc.
Elysium, Robocop, Kill Decision, Robocalypse, I Robot, Terminator… Pick your favorite future.
Warfighters in aircraft, on ships and in ground vehicles have benefited tremendously from technological advances in recent decades, with advanced capabilities ranging from real-time situational awareness to precision armaments. But many of these benefits depend on equipment with substantial size, weight and power requirements, and so have remained unavailable to dismounted infantry squads who must carry all their equipment themselves.
DARPA’s new Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) program aims to address this challenge and ensure that dismounted infantry squads maintain uncontested tactical superiority over potential adversaries without being overburdened by cumbersome hardware. The goal is to speed the development of new, lightweight, integrated systems that provide infantry squads unprecedented awareness, adaptability and flexibility in complex environments, and enable dismounted Soldiers and Marines to more intuitively understand and control their complex mission environments.
SXCT plans to explore four key technical areas:
Precision Engagement: Precisely engage threats out to 0.6 mile (1,000 meters), while maintaining compatibility with infantry weapon systems and without imposing weight or operational burdens that would negatively affect mission effectiveness
Non-Kinetic Engagement: Disrupt enemy command and control, communications and use of unmanned assets at a squad-relevant operational pace (walking with occasional bursts of speed)
Squad Sensing: Detect potential threats out to 0.6 mile (1,000 meters) at a squad-relevant operational pace
Squad Autonomy: Increase squad members’ real-time knowledge of their own and teammates’ locations to less than 20 feet (6 meters) in GPS-denied environments through collaboration with embedded unmanned air and ground systems
U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting squad tactics and maneuver rehearsals aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47), during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of San Diego March 20, 2015.
Project CQB (temporary title) is a super cool bullet-time squad tactics game that pits one squad against another in isometric battle zones where positioning and line of sight are critical.
Battles are remarkably fast paced for a game that takes place in slow motion – with matches usually lasting less than a minute. Not quite a turn based tactics game and not quite an RTS, but a unique and enjoyable combination of the two – a BTS (Bullet Time Strategy).
The Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) is holding its 29th annual conference, a five day long SWAT training and weapons expo. This year, the ITOA conference is taking place October 9th – 13th at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, just one hour outside of Chicago. The Chicago Police Department has a history of collaborating with ITOA for tactical training, and ITOA has a long-standing relationship with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security.
ITOA promotes its use of military tactics with toxic racism and Islamophobia. Their keynote speaker this year will be anti-Muslim bigot and Fox News regular Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a self-proclaimed counterterrorism expert who has served in an advisory role to countless government and military agencies, from the CIA to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The conference will train local police and EMTs to operate “like tactical squads in the military” and incorporate “new data and surveillance technology” in their work, directly contributing to racialized law enforcement violence against communities of color in the Chicagoland area.
While Chicago is still reeling from budget cuts that have resulted in the closure of over 50 public schools, mental health clinics, and severe cuts to social services, the city spends over $4 million a day on the Chicago police alone. ITOA is directly involved in training and arming those police, even using empty school buildings as training grounds for Cook County officers.Weapons manufacturers from around the world also use ITOA to sell military-grade equipment to local police forces–equipment that shocked the country when it was deployed against civilians in places like Ferguson, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge (and is used regularly by repressive governments such as Israel).
As part of the growing movement against policing, we call for the immediate cancellation of the 2016 ITOA Tactical Training Conference. We also call on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to end Cook County’s relationship with ITOA. Join us in demanding an end to ITOA’s training of law enforcement and EMTs from around Cook County and the Midwest in SWAT tactics. We demand that Cook County and the City of Chicago prioritize spending for human needs, including mental health care and education – not militarization and violence.
U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit during squad tactics and maneuver training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27, 2015.
The Marine Corps’ data findings included the following:
All-male squads and teams outperformed those that included women on 69 percent of the 134 ground combat tasks evaluated.
All-male teams were outperformed by mixed-gender teams on two tasks: accuracy in firing the 50-caliber machine gun in traditional rifleman units and the same skill in provisional units. Researchers did not know why gender-mixed teams did better on these skills, but said the advantage did not persist when the teams continued on to movement-under-load exercises.
All-male squads in every infantry job were faster than mixed-gender squads in each tactical movement evaluated. The differences between the teams were most pronounced in crew-served weapons teams. Those teams had to carry weapons and ammunition in addition to their individual combat loads.
Male-only rifleman squads were more accurate than gender-integrated counterparts on each individual weapons system, including the M4 carbine, the M27 infantry automatic rifle and the M203 grenade launcher.
Male Marines with no formal infantry training outperformed infantry-trained women on each weapons system, at levels ranging from 11 to 16 percentage points.
暗部, or Anbatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai, is a tactical squad of ninjas who take orders directly from their village leader. Because these shinobi work under the hokage, they cannot be arrested by the regular police forces without a warrant.
Combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 brush up on their individual combat-shooting skills with table three qualifications during squad tactics drills at the Western Barry M. Goldwater Range near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Scanlan/Released)