Since many troops have years of experience with video games, they take to CROWS (common remotely operated weapon stations) quickly, and very effectively. CROWS is being mounted on hummers in Iraq, and keeps the operators safe inside the vehicles where they control the guns remotely. CROWS has night vision and telephoto capabilities, and also has a laser rangefinder built in, as well as a stabilizer mechanism to allow more accurate fire while the vehicle is moving.
Many Iraqis, especially the bad guys, get distressed while watching a CROWS turret being exercised by some video game addict inside the vehicle. That's because the most noticeable part of CROWS, as it swivels and "looks" around, is the machine-gun. Many Iraqis don't even recognize the vidcam and other sensors. They think the machine-gun is, well, sort of R2D2 with a bad attitude and a license to kill. Other Iraqis just write this off as another example of American "magic". But the troops know better. Video games can save your life, and CROWS proves it every day.
For those of you that may have missed it, a CROWS trainer is being included in the America's Army game.