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Monday, January 16 12:00 AM ET

Game Developers Sign World War 2 Shooter Ceasefire

By Nikolaj Borg

Los Angeles, CA - After year of political and public pressure, a worldwide consortium of gaming companies have signed a treaty immediately banning the production of World War II first person shooter (FPS) games.

ww2The treaty was negotiated by the United Nations, which has long been wanting to extend its reach into the control of simulated warfare.

Russell Stewart from EA Games - makers of hit games like the Battlefield 1942 and Medal of Honor games - is happy with the treaty. "The style was stuck in a deadlock. We were caught in trench warfare with everyone wasting resources on making slightly better games for an already saturated market. Wait, that was more of a WWI allegory, wasn't it?"

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Experts doubt the treaty will last, though. "This market is simply too valuable to stay away from," video game industry analyst Max Baggs said. "Sure, contenders like EA will continue to rake in the profits from their past games. But small players and newcomers will want to challenge the treaty. Eventually, we're going to see games about the Sino-Japanese war - or battles in Nazi-like Germanistania. I doubt we'll be better off in the long run."

Several countries, including Norway, Pakistan and Nigeria, have already offered to help enforce the peace treaty. However, none of the countries are willing to help end the dungeon crawler conflict.

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