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Had forgotten about Cannon Fodder on the Amiga using the poppy as part of the introduction of their game...


POPPY GAME INSULT TO OUR WAR DEAD
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by Jonathan Guy
26/10/93

War veterans have slammed as "monstrous" a decision to use a Remembrance Day poppy to illustrate a new computer game... called Cannon Fodder.

The game, tipped to be the year's biggest seller, will make its debut at a show in London's Olympia from November 11 to 14 - Remembrance Sunday.

Manufacturers Sensible Software say: "War has never been so much fun."

The distinctive poppy symbol is featured on the game and on the front page of leading computer magazine AMIGA POWER, out on Armistice Day.

British Legion chiefs and MPs have branded the use of the poppy as appalling.

Royal British Legion spokesman Dennis York said: "This will offend millions at a time when they remember loved ones who gave their lives in war."

Liberal Democrat MP Menzies Campbell stormed: "It is monstrous that the poppy should be used in such a way."

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, son of Britain's great field marshall said: "It is very unfortunate that anyone should see fit to detract from the poppy's place as a symbol of remembrance."

But a spokesman for Virgin Interactive Entertainment, which is marketing the game, said: "The poppy is there to remind consumers war is no joke."


 

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Amiga Power got embroiled in the controversy too...
In 1993, the magazine had to issue an apology during the Cannon Fodder Controversy after Campbell remarked "Old soldiers? I wish them all dead."
 

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Poppy controversy aside, this was a fantastic game. Completed the first one, couldn't get into the second one. The whole alien bollocks spoilt it for me.
 

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Cannon Fodder was absolutely quality! When you made it really far with Jools and Jops and then they died it was genuinely distressing. It was pretty violent for its time though, I can see why The Royal British Legion didn't like it. Great music and level titles too.
 

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Awesome game. Read about the controversy last year I think. I dont know, I always thought it handled it quite well really. The game really does highlight the stupidity of war and the cost. The remembered in service at the end of each level, immediately after the heroes in victory one. It basically shows that fine line between being a hero and getting killed in action. Always thought the satire of the recruitment line was really striking too, even as a kid. The fact that the soldiers are queuing to join up, alongside a hill full of graves, that gets more and more full the more men you lose...


And the higher their rank, the bigger their marker is. It's as anti war as it gets really!
 

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Cannon fodder was my childhood

Also who remembers jungle strike and urban strike class games!!
 

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I had Desert strike first and yeah that was a quality game. I wasn't very good as I was a bit young but just used to enjoy flying the helicopter around.
 

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