SimCity used a "Monster", not a "UFO". But the point you make still stands, regardless.
That is, until we suffer a UFO invasion. (In which case... Would a lot of us even be interested in seeing science fiction movies or playing sci-fi games for a while afterwards?)
It has been almost seven years. However, I am the type that doesn't believe that the passage of time should have any bearing on how much you are affected by something. The 9/11 incident affects me now just as much as it did all those years ago.
I remember it well. High School. I was in shop class when suddenly, a teacher from another room burst inside just minutes before the period was over, where he announced that a plane rammed into the World Trade Center, and into the White House. (Yeah, I don't know where he heard about the White House getting hit.)
Then while my next class was in progress, the rumors were abound. Planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the White House, the UN building, Mount Rushmore, and a whole mess of military bases in the United States. From the eyes of my peers, we were being attacked at all fronts and even a widespread panic was about to ensue. (Quelled by a police presence not even an hour after the original said announcement.) The rumors never ceased, I think it even got as bad as people claiming to hear on their radios that Korea was the culprit, and they were launching nuclear devices at all our biggest cities, until the end of the day where we went home and finally had access to a news station.
Well, clearly it was all bullshit. But when something big happens in these parts, chaos follows very closely behind.
Now, even after over six years, I have no problems with people that could still be traumatized by the incident. Loved ones were lost, deliberately killed, and due to false information from our own media, nobody knew who to blame for a very long time... And blamed whoever they were told to, until they realized what they had done.
Now there is a combination of factors that are a problem here. People are ashamed to admit they originally supported a war that has now been proven to be a crock from day 1. Ashamed to admit they believed whatever they were told to in a moments weakness. On this board (if any veterans can recall why political discussion was originally banned) there was even one individual that was unwilling to admit Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, long after it was proven otherwise.
There is even political outrage. We never went to war with Afghanistan, but the "War on Terror" demanded war on their soil. It was severe enough that we might as well have cluster bombed the whole country, so I don't know why we just didn't go blowing up the country anyways.
There is more to this than a simple terrorist attack. It was a catalyst to a series of events that finally showed us what the rest of the world thinks of America. It showed us how foolish we can be, and how easily manipulated we are, and all it takes is an explosion with someone to blame. Natural disasters, by comparison, are so much easier to cope with, after all.
*Checks everyone else's "Location" in their profile* Hmn... Speaking from the only American perspective in this topic, so far... I must say I agree that the 9/11 attacks have not been treated well. But the tone of your post, Bomb Bloke, seems to have more care towards the production of movies and video games than the lives lost in what was literally the first massive terrorist attack on American soil from an outside source. An eye opener for some Americans, even if most generally kept their eyes closed and followed whatever the Bush Administration told them to do.
Ok, so fair enough, it was a preventable disaster. People died. Or, to be more exact, they were killed. And that sucks.
Indeed it does suck. But any disaster is "preventable" by some measure. Just because it could've been stopped upon retrospect, it shouldn't be treated so lightly. But what are you more angry about? That people died? Or that you didn't get to see the Twin Towers in Spider Man?
I think all of you should look deeper than the 9/11 event itself. A whole mess of things happened afterwards that only piled on the bullshit. But also take another look at what we're talking about... SimCity isn't a game that is about planes crashing... It's a cityscape planning simulator. I have the game on my system right now, the original version, and the "plane crash" disaster is virtually the same as the "fire" disaster. (Except it does 5 fires instead of one.) What really has been lost here? One aspect of one video game? I still have my copy of Destroy All Humans, made long after the incident, and that game features all kinds of buildings and planes blowing up. Collateral Damage even came out shortly after 9/11, and that featured a motor cycle ramming into and blowing up a building.
So long as these "acts of sensitivity" are so few and far between, I don't really think it warrants so much outrage from us gamers and movie-goers. It has not affected my gaming experience, on any level. And one person out there with a different opinion about including "plane crashes" in a game where it wasn't much more than a tiny nigh useless feature isn't going to affect me much. Besides, if the source code has been released, you know someone is going to just put them right back in there. And out of spite, there is going to be someone that will feature planes ramming into WTC towers in a mod as well.
Or should I just chalk this up to the age old problem of gamer nostalgia? When they changed the stats to the Imperial Guardsmen in Warhammer 40K Dawn of War, I haven't heard the end of it since. The moment a change is made to an old favorite, for any reason, people are suddenly up in arms over it. Is this the case with Sim City as well?