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Happiness is a warm MG42

RPS writes: "In June 2006 PC Gamer UK replaced its long-running Devil's Advocaat column (provocative analysis of egg-based liqueurs) with a Devil's Advocate column (provocative analysis of game-related subjects). It was a popular move. What follows is one of my contributions. Military shooters had been getting some stick for trivialising war. I waded in, semi-seriously, in their defence.

War traumatises, brutalises, and destroys. War scars, steals innocence and takes life randomly. War is an ordeal, a nightmare, a necessary and unnecessary evil.

If you want blindingly obvious 'insights' like these go watch Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, or the evening news. If, on the other hand, you're after real revelations - genuine profundity - I recommend Call of Duty, Brothers In Arms, Day of Defeat or any other half-decent military shooter."

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