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"None of the characters kill. It's the war that kills." Kevin Erwin and the Making of Valiant Hearts

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From 1914 to 1918, Europe was ravaged by a war that cost 16 million lives. Though World War I is often overshadowed by World War II in history classes and pop culture, it remains a formational event of the 20th century.

Ubisoft Montpellier has taken personal stories of the Great War from the families of the developers and from their community and created a gameplay experience that is intimate, compelling, inspiring, emotional, and historically accurate. Their upcoming game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, comes out on June 25th on consoles and PC. The brief time I spent with the game at E3 revealed a beautifully animated world with simple but engaging puzzles—it was a short demo, but it got me invested in how the story will unfold.

I spoke to Kevin Erwin of Ubisoft Montpellier about the educational potential of Valiant Hearts and, most importantly, what happens to the dog.

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Why Parents Should Study Up on “Realistic” Military Shooters

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The past decade has seen the rise of a previously nonexistent genre of video games often referred to as “realistic shooters” or “realistic action.” Before the 2007 release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, shooters would generally be about overblown antics divorced from reality. “Realistic” military shooters attempted to give shooters a more real look.

There’s a problem with this nomenclature, though: these depictions aren’t realistic at all. Modern shooters often present combat as devoid of any moral grey areas.

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