Andy Schuette has been gaming ever since he could hold a SNES controller in his hands and has been loving every minute of it. He's the funniest guy he knows, and the least funny guy everyone else knows.
World War I shooter Verdun recently announced quite possibly the best holiday event I’ve ever heard of: during the period between December 22 and January 4, players will be able to join in the remembrance of the 1914 Christmas truce.
For over a week surrounding the Christmas season, British and German troops made a short-term treaty to allow one another the opportunity to celebrate the holiday, stepping outside of their respective fortifications and exchange pleasantries in one of the most humbling, human moments in history. In the same spirit, developers M2H and Blackmill Games let players re-enact the Christmas truce, detailing the terms in an announcement from the game’s Steam news page.
“Christmas Truce – Live and Let Live” adds a dedicated winter map where players can do what the stories of the original Christmas truce tell. Instead of shooting and filling the trenches with blood and shell casings, players can throw snowballs at one another, sing Christmas carols, write letters to loved ones back home, and even play some games of pick-up football out in no man’s land.
This is definitely one of the most creative holiday events I’ve seen in gaming – not to mention a first person shooter. While many developers make efforts to celebrate with their fans by adding holiday themed costumes or extra effects like snow and Santa hats, Verdun has really gone the extra mile in keeping the Christmas spirit alive and well. After all, it wouldn’t be a true World War I game without giving a nod to this truce.
During this time of peace and Christmas cheer, Verdun is currently available at a 40% discount bringing the price down to $13.79 for a single copy, or $35.99 for the four-pack to share with your friends. If you’re looking for a new experience with a shooter, consider giving Verdun a chance; you may come for the truce, but find yourself staying for intense trench warfare based fighting.
But for now, just enjoy some hot cocoa and competing on who can sing “Silent Night” with more gusto.