Muslim group urge PlayStation, Xbox and Valve to drop ‘Arab murder simulator’ Six Days in Fallujah
A large Muslim advocacy group in the US have called for the tactical first-person shooter game Six Days in Fallujah to be sheved, calling it an “Arab murder simulator”.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on major platform console holders Microsoft (Xbox) and Sony (PlayStation), as well as Steam’s parent company Valve, to refrain from hosting or digitally distributing the up-and-coming PS5 game.
Six Days in Fallujah is being developed by Highwire Games and published by Victura, and is slated to be the first video game to focus directly on the Iraq War.
The statement that was shared on their website yesterday referred to Six Days in Fallujah as an “Arab murder simulator that glorifies violence that took the lives of over 800 Iraqi civilians, justifies the illegal invasion of Iraq and reinforces Islamophobic narratives”.
CAIR spokesperson Huzaifa Shahbaz said: “We call on Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from hosting Six Days in Fallujah, an Arab murder simulator that will only normalise violence against Muslims in America and around the world.”
“The gaming industry must stop dehumanising Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify violence that took the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq War, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life.”
The game sees United States military veteran Sgt. Jason Kyle walk players through procedurally generated mission spaces based on real-life events from 2004’s Second Battle for Fallujah during the Iraq War.
First announced back in 2009, the game has been met with resistance and criticism, stirring up community concern with its complicated and, for some, painful connections to an all-too-recent conflict.
Six Days in Fallujah is expected to be released on PC and consoles in late 2021