Important real wars to include in gaming

By Ural Garrett , Updated Jun 30, 2013 07:41 PM EDT

Former American soldier and author William Tecumseh Sherman meant every word when he uttered the famous phrase "War is hell." Throughout the years, it seems as if the industry have focused squarely on World War II and more contemporary wars set in the Middle East. However, there are wars that span throughout history that are just dying for video game reenactments and Game & Guide has some ideas of famous (or infamous) battles just begging to done. 

Korean War 1950 - 1953

One of the biggest aftermaths of World War II was the political division of Korea thanks to the U.S. occupying the southern half and communist Soviets taking the northern half. This would lead to the Korean War taking place between three years, 1950 - 1953 though technically tensions between the two countries exist to this day. Though the Germans were the first to use jet aircrafts for conventional combat during World War II, they became central during the Korean War meaning the possibilities for gameplay are limitless. 

World War I 1914 - 1918

Everyone looks toward this war's sequel but World War II as inspiration for video game reenactments but World War I set the standard for infantry tactics and technology. World War I had major armies using wireless communication, armored vehicles, chemical warfare and even the debut of the flamethrower. Though the U.S. wouldn't be involved in the war at its start in attempting to stay neutral, it would become involved after declaring war on Germany. Battles in World War I were extremely violent mainly due to two factors, improvement in weaponry that favored lethality over protection.

Civil War 1861 - 1865

A few games have attempted games based on the Civil War but they haven't been given the same polish or sheen as World War II. Could it be a publisher's way of avoiding any racial backlash considering one of the primary reasons for the Civil War between the Union and Confederate States of America. This was the last war to be fought solely within the United States and changed the outlook on how to settle domestic disputes. New war technologies and weaponry were introduced including rifles that could be shot multiple times without needing to reload. It was also the first war to be documented through photography. 

Battle of Salamis 480 BC

Sure 300: Rise of an Empire is set to revolve around the Battle of Salamis, it's still one of the biggest navel battles in history. Not to mention the only battle on this list that doesn't involve guns. An epic battle between both navel fronts of the Greek and Persian army, thousands of ships were involved. This battle proved that the sea is just as important as a battlefield strategy as land.  

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