I grew up in a small town in rural Canada. My stepfather was a member of the local fire department. I’ve always had massive respect for the guy. I remember the first time I saw a fire he was fighting. The house was ablaze: fire spewing through the windows and smoke billowing into the sky. There are few things as powerful and awe inspiring as fire. And my stepdad went toe to toe with it.
It’s shame we don’t give firefighters more credit. We have TV shows about hospitals and cops. We’ve got video games about the military. All the other emergency series have been given a place to shine in our media.
But what about firefighters?
Back in 2009 a game developer called Scientifically Proven made a game called Real Heroes: Firefighter. It puts you in the shoes of a firefighter against a doomsday fire out of control in the city.
The only problem is, Real Heroes: Firefighter was released way back on the Nintendo Wii. And no one really wants to dig that console back out. You know what console is hot (pun intended)? The Nintendo 3DS.
Zordix took Firefighter and ported it to the 3DS as Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D, which I think is the perfect fit. This isn’t the first time a game has been brought from a home console to a handheld platform, and it works.
There are so many aspects to firefighting that make so much sense to put in a video game. Fire is a slow but persistent enemy, with the potential for explosive outburst. Try managing the advance of a fire while getting people trapped in a building out. Break down doors, hose down fire, and create a safe path to get people to safety.
So put down the millionth Call of Duty game, or whatever other first person shooter you’ve been playing that’s exactly like the rest of them, and try something different. Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is doing something different.
With any luck, other developers will follow suit. Maybe we can start player more games about real people doing real things. Instead of street racing games we can play as paramedics, and instead of gang members we can play as police officers.
But first you have to show your support. You have to give it a chance and show that real life heroes are worth your money. Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is available in North America and Europe, and was also released in Brazil and Mexico. You can get it over at the Nintendo eShop here.