A Signal Boost Of Ukraine's Game Developers
It's no secret that recent political discourse has managed to finally move gamers, though not necessarily in a good direction. An alarming number of people who'd in no way benefit from a new wave of imperialism are surprisingly for it, and an even larger number of people just don't give two thoughts about the ongoing war because they believe it will never affect them. They're wrong, and it sucks that the only reason we'd get them to care is by showing that they stand to lose some commodity because of it, but that's doable. You should know that many awesome games come straight out of Ukraine, and many others require the input of Ukrainian devs to come out the way that they do.
As everyone knows by now, Russia is currently invading Ukraine through a coordinated attack all across the border that has already resulted in the death of dozens of soldiers as well as civilians. There are no surprises here, and so far, there is no end in sight to this nightmare. While it might not do much, one thing we can and should do is attempt to give a signal boost to the messages that the Ukrainian game development community wants you to hear.
GSC Game World, the developers of the famous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, have asked that you support the Ukrainian military's attempts at defending the country.
David Tisserand from Ubisoft reminded us that Ukrainian dev teams in both Kyiv and Odesa have been essential in the development of the last three mainline Assassin's Creed titles.
The representative of Frogwares, the company behind the Sherlock Holmes series, as well as The Sinking City, was kind enough to take the time to apologize to fans for not being able to provide help with their games at the time being.
And there's also relevant support coming from other countries. Polish studio 11-bit games, makers of the popular hit Frostpunk as well as This War Of Mine, a game where civilians try to survive a violent occupation, announced that the money they make from the game this week will go towards the Ukrainian red cross.
If we want to be of any help, It's of the utmost importance that we all pay attention to the people directly affected by this war. The jokes will resume shortly.
Top Image: GSC Game World