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Will Call of Duty 4 cheapen the 'plight' of soldiers?

It has been said that war games trivialize real war, reducing it to spectacle and throwaway entertainment. No different from the mainstream news, really, but it's videogames that are the scapegoat because, well, they're videogames. In preparation for its release, an advisor for Call of Duty 4 pre-emptively denied claims that videogames cheapen war.

"I think it draws some awareness to the issue, and in the case of World War II games, I think it taught history," said Hank Keirsey, a military veteran and advisor for the Call of Duty series. "There are kids who would never have any interest in what their great-grandfathers did before they died, but they're compelled to get on the phone and say, 'Dad or granddad or great-granddad, I just played this game. I've talked to my mom and she said you were in that fight somewhere. What weapon did you carry? A Thompson?'"

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Skerj3460d ago

Did Full Metal Jacket, Black Hawk Down, and Platoon cheapen the 'plight' of soldiers? No, so why are games constantly held at a different (double) standard as other forms of media?

dhammalama3460d ago (Edited 3460d ago )

A topic like this gets 2 comments (well 3 now). Nobody has an opinion? Or is it better to just repeat the same argument thread after thread?

I think that games are reaching a point of realism at which they begin to affect us in a different way. Now that characters can really captivate us emotionally (heavenly sword for one), and just the fact that games look so real now, must allow us to feel deeper relation to them.

When I first saw the Arcade mode in COD4, my first reaction was one of distaste. Because the game is approaching photo realistic (sort of), and it's presented in a game that treats war seriously, it seems extremely gratuitous.

But I don't usually visit or comment on many stories like this either, so don't think thats what I'm getting at.

edit @ TheMart - I always hear you're opinions- What do you think?

@ Meus renaissance- You have interestion comments, I respect your mindset, What do you think?

@ POG (power of green) - You, too, are really outspoken. what's your opinion?

deepio3460d ago

I don't care how realistic games are these days, if you can't make the distinction between a video game and reality you need your head examined.

coolfool3460d ago (Edited 3460d ago )

I think making the distinction between games an reallity is easy. It is how you view reallity because of the games that can become tainted.

This game is designed to be essentially good "fun". The players are meant to get "excited" and "enjoy" playing a game which involves shooting, explosions and missions. This is all very thrilling from a players point of view.

But would we describe real war as that? War is hard, it's brutal and when an explosion happens in real war it probably spells the end of someone, probably a close team mate.

The blur occurs because of how we associate things. We are told in this game there is a war. So then 100% of our experiances of "war" become these exciting things we see in the games. Over time this means when we hear and see war we immediately associate ourself to the game and its feelings and move further away from the reallity (because of course we don't have any experiance of the reallity).

Back to the story point, because we can only associate with game war we tend to unappreciate the real struggles real soldiers have to deal with on a daily basis.

TruthbeTold3460d ago (Edited 3460d ago )

Do people want war games filled with hospitals for the wounded and shell shocked; soldiers crying and crapping their pants in the trenches; and other things that happen in war? No. This is a game. If people don't know the difference between the real thing and a game, then they are probably too young, or too irresponsible to be playing it. So trivialization? Nah. If anything, such games glorify war, which is a problem of a wholly different type.

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