Russian government wants to help produce patriotic games

The Russian Military History Society is working with video game developers to produce "patriotic" video games that promote "historically truthful" events, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education," Arseny Mironov, an aide to Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, who heads the Russian Military History Society, told the Russian newspaper Izvestiya.

Portraying a "negative image of the Russian warrior" in the games will be unacceptable, Mirinov said. The first game in development will focus on the Russian military's aviation in World War I and is expected to be released in 2014.

The announcement was made in the wake of Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes 2, which some Russian critics felt unfairly portrayed the country's actions in World War II. The Russian government is also apparently considering a ban on games that "discredit the Russian soldier" and "distort historic facts."

For more on the controversy surrounding the game, be sure to read our recent report.

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