A Minute's Silence For Cannon Fodder And The Great War Dead

Is it sad that the closest video games are able to come to commemorating Veteran's/Armistice/Remembrance Day is the poppy flower featuring in the intro to 1993's Amiga classic Cannon Fodder?

It is a little, yeah. Especially when you consider one of the only other games to evoke a feeling of loss and respect for those who died in the First World War is Toy Soldiers, which for all its gut-wrenching symbolism of the brutality of the conflict is, at the end of the day, still a game about little toy soldiers.

It's a strange indictment of the world we live in today that, when the clock strikes 11 and a minute's silence is expected to remember the actual war dead, millions of people will be killing each other on a virtual battlefield for fun. Maybe Ron Parkes had a point after all.


    The first close combat games got me a bit teary once or twice. With all those lists of names and all those KIAs, it made me care about those little pixels. When a rouge tank breaks through your lines or a troop charge fails it hurts.

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