One of the joys of technology journalism is the Games Press digest, an email listing the week’s press releases about a number of in-development video games, most of which I’ve never heard of. A few weeks back, though, one name jumped out: Stalin vs Martians. It’s hard to think of a title more bizarre or offensive in a “but should anyone make light of such an evil homicidal figure” kind of way.
The website itself offers this explanation:
Obviously, the main concept behind the game is pretty much clear if you can see its name. It just speaks for itself. The fact that such game exists is quite an event. It doesn’t really matter what’s behind the name or if the game is playable at all. The concept is enough. Simply makes your brain explode.
And the plot? Glad you asked:
Year 1942. Summer. The martians suddenly drop off their butts somewhere in Siberia and attack the glorious people of Holy Mother Russia. It is a hard time for USSR as you might know from the history books if you ever attended school. The situation is really fucked up, so comrade Stalin takes the anti-ET military operation under his personal control. The operation is a top secret and virtually nobody knows about the fact of extraterrestial intervention.
It cheers me no end that people are prepared to throw the kind of finances necessary to develop a modern video game behind an idea so clearly insane, and I can’t wait to see the results. In the meantime The Escapist, having stumbled across the game in a similar manner, has an interview with the game’s lead designer.