In an interview with John Walker, Rod Humble, The VP of EA Sims, one of the largest computer game publishers in the world ($3 Billion in revenue in 2005) gave his assessment of Jim Lunsfordís game, Defending the ReichÖ
The one game that affected me, and it didnít stop me playing it but it gave me a whole new respect for the game, was Defending The Reich. Itís a hardcore wargames simulator of the RAF bombing campaign over Germany, and you can play either side. Itís by HPS Simulations, and I posted before that itís my game of the year. Itís a real bummer that it hasnít had more press. Whatís really admirable about it is it takes an absolutely loaded subject matter: mass bombing of civilians, or defending the Nazi war machine. Itís not like thereís much of a good outcome there. And it handles it in a way that isnít bombastic, doesnít give you an out, and is just really well done. So whichever side I play, itís bad. When I play the RAF, I feel constantly guilty Ė the result is acres flattened. I think of schools andÖ wow. The imagery is black and white photographs of bombing raids and bombers. Itís very thought provoking.