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World of Tanks patch to return Stalin-related assets

Wednesday, 7th August 2013 05:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

World of Tanks patch 8.8 will re-introduce historical imagery depicting controversial former Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin, Wargaming announced in a Russian-language post, as translated by Polygon. Assets associated with Stalin’s name had previously been removed; although Wargaming has acknowledged the sensitivity of the issue, it said the community had requested the historically accurate references be returned. Some Russian fans have reacted with anger to the news.

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  1. zme-ul

    it said the community had requested the historically accurate references be returned
    this ^ is a lie from WG, the community they speak of is the solely russian player base and not the whole community
    Asian, American, European servers all initially decided to remove the stalinist inscriptions, and now WarGaming is forcing them back
    ignoring the fact that in Europe alone there are countries that have laws against communist inscriptions and insignia

    WarGaming didn’t do this because of “historical accuracy”, they did it in retaliation of the Company of Heroes 2 affair in Russia

    there are currently 37 forum pages that condone what WarGaming did: http://forum.worldoftanks.eu/index.php?/topic/279380-historical-content-in-world-of-tanks/page__st__720#top
    it’s basically a slap on the face to the ex-Eastern Block countries, and not only, that suffered at the hands of this mad man

    #1 11 months ago
  2. ududy

    If this is a historical war game, why should it erase parts of history? It should not glorify Stalin, certainly, but to remove him altogether seems to be an attempt to reimagine the past in nicer colors.

    Concerning those laws you speak of – if they are relevant to art like games, books and movies, then they are as dangerous as Stalin himself was, built of the same totalitarian materials. Freedom of expression is more important than people’s hurt feelings. If you are insulted – don’t play the game, simple as that. Don’t come out waving those anti-freedom laws.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    @1, Are you fucking nuts? Name european countries that have laws against communist inscriptions and insignia?

    You obviously have no clue about history. Deal with it or get a clue.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. WaspHUN

    @3. He’s right, there’re several countries where communist and soviet insignias were banned. Including Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary. Also… f*ck Stalin.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Llewelyn_MT

    Poland, the biggest Central European post-communist country, equates communist symbols to Nazi symbols. Let Stalin burn in hell. He’s likely the worst serial killer of all times, well before Hitler, or even Pol Pot.

    I’ll ask around to see how it would be possible to have this game banned in Poland.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4, Show me a law where Soviet insignias are banned in these countries?

    If they were banned, Wargaming net would never use these insignias in EU servers because Wargaming would be banned. They can’t use NAZI insignias because there is a law in countries like Germany and other countries.

    show me the law that says that exactly.

    @5, “Poland, the biggest Central European post-communist country, equates communist symbols to Nazi symbols. ”

    It’s just a Poland problem and insignias of soviet Union are not equal to AXIS Powers. You can play WoT in Poland. I’m sure. You can’t compare Axis to Soviet Union. If you are comparing them then go learn a history or read a book or something.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. viralshag

    @6, Lithuanian ban on Soviet symbols:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7459976.stm

    #7 11 months ago
  8. WaspHUN

    @6 Here you go…
    http://www.parlament.hu/irom39/10592/10592.pdf

    #8 11 months ago
  9. viralshag

    It does seem quite widely and commonly reported these countries have banned soviet symbols and insignia… Although I only learnt that today.

    You know what they say…

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Erthazus

    ^ Just great. One is showing me BBC site and another one shows me some language that I don’t understand with .Hu link in it.

    Show me a consitution right now that says about That “Ban” or at least WIKI PAGE.

    Here you go Wiki page about swastika and countries that are against these simbols http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika#Post-WWII_stigmatization_in_Western_countries

    P.S. Lithuania and Hungary are against Totalitarian symbols here at least. And that’s it. Just wow man. We should ban games in Europe.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. viralshag

    @10, I’m only going off what I can find here which is difficult as I’m not from any of these countries. Whether this is still in effect I’m not too sure:

    http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540487_text

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Llewelyn_MT

    We should ban games monetizing the totalitarian regimes.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Llewelyn_MT

    @ERTHAZUS: I suggest you read some history too. Stalin is responsible for 3 to 60 million deaths in the Soviet Union alone, the lower number is according to the official Soviet documents, known to be inaccurate. I’m not saying Stalin can be compared to Hitler or Pol Pot, I’m just saying that they were all evil beyond any measure.

    #13 11 months ago