Battleship and other movie bombs
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Well, maybe one of the problems with "Battleship" (besides the huge budget) was that a lot of people had trouble getting their heads around the concept. Back when the game was first introduced in the 1960s. There had been earlier models for the game going back to the 1890s; but the 1960s were still a huge boom period for "World War II movies", a genre that is filled with naval battles and big ships. There were even some post-WWII movies based on naval adventures and ideas (including "Yours, Mine, and Ours").

Battleship imagery was thus well-entrenched in the public mindset when the game came out. But the old battleships had by that time started hitting the mothball fleet. The Reagan administration brought four battleships back in the 1980s to increase the image of American seapower but they struggled to find meaningful roles for the ships in major missions around the world. Aircraft carriers by that time had proven their superiority to battleship tactics and logistics; and submarines were the only other ships really capable of carrying war beyond a nation's defensive waters. Almost every other ship in our fleet was used either to protect carriers or to resupply the carrier groups or to move supplies and troops between military installations around the world.

Hence, we no longer celebrate the power and mastery of the battleship so there wasn't much of a public emotional anchor for the concept. I don't know how popular the game remains but it's clearly not support by recent military traditions and expeditions.
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Battleship and other movie bombs - by badlands - July 21st, 2013, 06:47 PM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by august - July 22nd, 2013, 10:30 AM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by Michael - July 30th, 2013, 01:01 AM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by badlands - July 30th, 2013, 10:41 PM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by august - August 2nd, 2013, 01:33 PM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by Michael - August 20th, 2013, 12:16 AM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by badlands - August 23rd, 2013, 01:51 AM
Battleship and other movie bombs - by Michael - August 27th, 2013, 02:12 PM

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