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  • BrunstigElg - November 26, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    You forgot: "Every soldier with a rank of at least Officer is skilled in both dogfighting, attack chopper piloting, infantry combat, long range 50. cal sniping, and tank-driving"
  • BrunstigElg - November 26, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    You missed: "Every soldier with a rank of at least Officer is skilled in both dogfighting, attack chopper piloting, infantry combat, long range 50. cal sniping, and tank-driving"
  • PBC13 - November 26, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    It's understandable that a lot of games and films portray wars as Good vs Evil simply because the most influential and famous war of recent times was pretty much that. It's hard to find an angle that doesn't portray World War II as pretty binary in terms of it's causes. It's as close to Good vs Evil as any war I can think of.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - November 30, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    A lot of the German soldiers weren't Nazis. After World War I, Germany was blamed for starting the war, had their military reduced, and their economy was destroyed. Hitler was a great speaker, and unfortunately, a good leader. It makes sense, then, that the German people would follow anyone who would lead them out of the depression they were in. While many of the officers and the SS were evil, the vast majority of the common soldiers were not. After WWII, the U.S. didn't aid Germany and the other European countries out of the goodness of our hearts. We did it to stop the spread of Communism and Soviet influence. Just saying, not everything is always black and white.
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAnd - November 26, 2012 5:05 a.m.

    First person shooters where you play the lone hero (master chief) are usually bad, and often are not attempting to be anything more than slightly entertaining to the fanboys that play them. Play Planetside 2.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 26, 2012 4:02 a.m.

    With regards the "Shooting Humans is Easy" point, Spec Ops: The Line did a lot to make you think about the nature of 'the enemy.' It wasn't as black and white as simply shooting the guys shooting you because they're the villains. It actually felt like the choices you made on the field had some weight. Regardless, I don't really play things like BF and CoD for the truth about war. I can read war memoirs and journals for that. I play those games to have cool experiences and watch things go boom.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 26, 2012 3:53 a.m.

    RE: Nazi Zombies This reminded me of Henning Wehn's joke on 8 out of 10 Cats this week: "If someone is coming back from the dead and trying to eat me alive, I don't really care about his ideology"
  • CitizenWolfie - November 26, 2012 4:04 a.m.

    I think Adam implied that you should join the army yourself and go one-on-one (thousand) against the Taliban.
  • StrongPillow - November 26, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    Games like these wouldn't be effective recruitment tools if they depicted the truth about what goes on during real conflict or deployment. Also Americans eat up this cowboy gun hoe shit. It's the only reason they can shit in a box and sell millions of copies of it every year.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 26, 2012 2:48 a.m.

    or maybe they are just fun
  • phoenix_wings - November 27, 2012 3:13 a.m.

    "gung-ho"
  • zelta38 - November 26, 2012 12:32 a.m.

    Funny thing is most of these points apply to most depictions of war across all forms of entertainment, good article.
  • RadgarLaser2 - November 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    Isn't the 1st one if you die it's over. You can't respawn unless you believe in reincarnation.
  • avantguardian - November 25, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    i'm pretty sure there is a ww1 trench simulation game (or will be soon). can't remember what it's called, though...
  • zombi3grim - November 25, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    As someone who served in the Marines, I can attest to alot of these. We had a guy in basic at Parris Island who refused to participate because he said he wouldnt be able to kill another human being. He got general discharged. Why you would join the Marines, of all branches, if you knew you wouldnt be able to kill someone is beyond me.
  • AuthorityFigure - November 25, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    Well he could of died in place of someone who *would* kill an enemy...
  • needles - November 27, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    So when you where overseas what was your old lady up to?
  • zombi3grim - November 27, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    She went with me. And we had two kids. Nice try though.

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