Russian Prime Minister: Why not a Russia-themed WoW?

2012 will mark 1,150 years since the founding of the Russian state. You don't need to complete Civ V to know that kind of time will buy a country no shortage of history – and President Dmitry Medvedev, enthusiastic to celebrate the anniversary, wants his nation's young folks to feel connected to their country's past. So dredge up some old junk and put it in a museum, right? Medvedev has something a bit more contemporary in mind. Before a gathering of scientific and cultural advisors last Friday, the President began, “Take World of Warcraft…”

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“This is one of the most popular games in the world,” the President continued: “It's not all about destruction. It has a subtext about developing human civilization.” Pointing out that an overwhelming amount of games are “pseudo-historical and fantasy-based,” Medvedev suggested that the medium might be a good one in which to bring Russia's storied history to life for the younger generation. Less interested in a global product than one geared “at the domestic level” to those whose history it represents, the President also suggested the anniversary could be marked by other games and trivia contests geared toward Russians.

Do you think this is a good idea, or do you feel GTAIV and Modern Warfare have you covered with regard to Russian history? Would you like to see other histories explored in MMO fashion?

Jul 26, 2011




  • RedOutlive10 - July 27, 2011 6 p.m.

    Horrible idea. Games that are tired to more "realistic" (or controlled if you want to call it that way) plots and setting are just bad for limiting the freedom of the developers in it. I really get the feeling that if there was a Call of Duty kind of game with fictional countries it would be much better, because of the huge amount of possibilities in it while not touching any political problems, hell you could make a totally fascistic world or something, would be awesome. For example, take Star Wars, making a game about the last movie isn't going to be much fun, everyone knows what's going to happen, it just kills the whole point of seeing the story and plot twists. That's why the best SW games have been about expanding stories or totally different timelines in Dark Forces/Jedi Knight, or KOTOR. Maybe they could make it a medieval setting in what would be the present day Russia, but still seems like a hard nut to crack.
  • Crypto140 - July 27, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    If The Smoking Gun Prestens World's Dummest has taught us anything, it's that Russia is one of the funniest states ever. I for one, want to see this happen. Also, In Soviet Russia, you insult troll.
  • Crimmy - July 27, 2011 6:10 a.m.

    There's gonna be a lot of Soviet Russia jokes...
  • Darth_Griffin - July 27, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    They could do an RTS kind of game with all of the major recorded events and the player has to go through and play the game in a way that makes sure that the events happen as they are supposed to.
  • One-FISH- - July 27, 2011 5:28 a.m.

    In Soviet Russia- professions grind YOU.
  • SideOfBeef - July 26, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    @LordGremlin It shouldn't be surprising that American developers generally have Americans as the main character/group/whatever. Now, supposing you need a country to fight a patriotic war against Americans, who are you going to choose? Well, you need a country of relatively equal strength that isn't considered a "friend" of America. So you can cross off all of North and South America, Africa, Australia, western Europe and South Asia leaving... China, Russia and not much else. Oh, and China has leverage over America over the moment, so you don't really want to annoy them. So, go ahead and choose your villian.
  • Spacegrass - July 26, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    @ LordGremlin I'm an American, and I'm embarrassed that our media only portrays Russians as alcoholics and/or villains. That said, it seems a little hypocritical for you to accuse us of vilifying Russians, then spend the next sentence vilifying us. Most of us are against the wars, but our politicians don't care what we want. Also, us Americans are stereotypically bad at geography, so would you mind telling me where "Livia" is?
  • LordGremlin - July 26, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Well, sure I'm fed up with goddamn Americans talking shit and offensive lies about Russians via videogames. I'd love to see a game where you play as a Russian soldier and kill Americans who... Well, no real need to make up stuff or vilify them. With Iraq and Livia we have ourselves a real Evil Empire here and now. I can remember one such game, but that was a PC tactical action featuring 4-legged tank... Not my cup of tea. As for Russian history MMO, well, depends on who will execute the idea.
  • tuomotaivainen - July 26, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    Get the Russians behind Allods Online on it Mr. Prime Minister!
  • waffman11 - July 26, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    I'm fairly surprised that Russia is considering using video games as a medium for storytelling, seeing as how they make up about 50% of video game villains at this point.
  • SideOfBeef - July 26, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Whatever might happen to practical implementation of this, I like the sentiment behind it. Games don't have to be all about nonsense, and history doesn't have to be super-serious.
  • Gorlack312 - July 26, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    I would pick that game up in a heart beat. I think it could be pulled off really well, but there are a lot of pitfalls that inherently come with a job like this. Good luck, Russia!
  • Spacegrass - July 26, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Unfortunately, plans for "World of War and Peace" were cancelled when all of the beta testers succumbed to suicidal depression.
  • twewy13 - July 26, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    thats kinda cool. however, this would probably be a lot more difficult to accomplish than the museum.
  • therawski - July 26, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    I thought WoW was already based on Russia, durr
  • mockraven - July 26, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    I'd find such a game interesting as history is told based on the point of view. There's the domestic history, but also the history that involves other nations, too. I'm pretty sure the point of view on certain elements would be very different depending on whose version of that history you look at and the differences would be the most interesting to see. As for whether or not it would be entertaining, however, let's just hope there are some talented writers in mind.
  • kiba924 - July 26, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    If I was in Blizzard's shoes right now, I might accept the Russian's offer depending on the money and circumstances of what the President wants from it. If it is a logical comparison of money to work on designing Russia's " storied history to life..." Then ya i would probably do it for them. And of course it depends if our World of Warcraft branch isn't doing something time consuming. But knowing Blizzard it is lol
  • OmegaDestroyer - July 26, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Because people would be bored of the only selectable class being Vladimir Putin.

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