Exploding vehicles, burning cities and forests, bombing Chicago, and laying siege to New York City. Sound like acts of terrorism? They’re actually part of the video game Shattered Union in which the players are encouraged to bomb and lay seige:
Shattered Union is rated ‘T’ for Violence. According to the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
Why is this game, one that promotes violence and terrorism, being marketed, especially to children as young as thirteen?
The XBox game was released in October 2005 but is a look into the near future or the now present, 2008. Issues of Militant Citizen Groups, Domestic Terrorism, Martial Law (specifically on the West Coast), and a Nuclear Weapon Attack during the 2012 presidential inauguration in which the President is assassinated, lay the groundwork for the game.
After the characterized assassination and nuclear attack, what follows in Shattered Union is a secession of the United States, into seven separate parts which erupts into a Second American Civil War.
Now, superimpose a Nov. 27, 2008 interview in which Russian Professor Igor Panarin said he thinks the United States will break into six separate parts:
Asked why he expected the U.S. to break up into separate parts, he said: “A whole range of reasons. Firstly, the financial problems in the U.S. will get worse. Millions of citizens there have lost their savings. Prices and unemployment are on the rise. General Motors and Ford are on the verge of collapse, and this means that whole cities will be left without work. Governors are already insistently demanding money from the federal center. Dissatisfaction is growing, and at the moment it is only being held back by the elections and the hope that Obama can work miracles. But by spring, it will be clear that there are no miracles.”
He also cited the “vulnerable political setup”, “lack of unified national laws”, and “divisions among the elite, which have become clear in these crisis conditions.”
He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts – the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.
He even suggested that “we could claim Alaska – it was only granted on lease, after all.”
What is the agenda behind a video game like Shattered Union?