David Hilton writes: "The cliche of the Gung Ho American Super Soldier pervades shooter games and to a non-American this can seem over-the-top, reinforcing the view that games made for a predominantly American market must show Americans as militaristic super-confident heroes.
From Gears of War, to Call of Duty, Ghost Recon, or Halo (though Master Chief shows unnatural restraint compared with the soldiers around him), these 'Team America' types abound.
If this is sounding anti-American to some of the more sensitive U.S. patriotic gamers out there, I apologise in advance. I do understand that the U.S. tried isolationism and after being dragged into two world wars decided that it might be better to better control its destiny. This isn't about U.S. war policy. It's about having to have these stock and uninteresting characters constantly form the basis of the 'good guys' in shooters..."