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    Bronx59, Pilgrim X, FG, fuzzyguy

    I know a fair number of gamers, and not a single one of them thinks that a video game has anything to do with the real experience of combat. You'd have to be breathtakingly stupid to believe something like that. War games are as realistic and true to life as zombie apocalypse games.

    If it's video games selling a person on war, what was selling them before video games were invented? We don't seem to have become more belligerent since 1994, which was the year Doom was published. As a matter of straight fact, the number of violent crimes among youth has dropped considerably since that time. There is no evidence that video games encourage real-world violence of any kind.

    You can become psychologically addicted to gaming, as you can to any other fascinating activity. But that's a separate problem.

    Quite a few years ago now, my son was playing Doom and one of his dimmer aunts asked him, "Would it be more fun if it were real?" He looked at her in astonishment and finally said, very carefully and deliberately, "If it were real, it would be No.Fun.At.All." Indeed.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:11:12 PM PST

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    •  Well, the generation of the 17 or 18 year olds (1+ / 0-)
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      today play some and then talk about recruiters.   the recruiter and propoganda was selling them before but  you are right..there is no real evidence ..I just got really angry about Ollie North putting himself in a video game and to me in many ways it sounds like he glorfies it all the time.  I have 0 use for Oliver North or anything he is associated with.  He ain't no Sgt. York.  He thinks he is but I detest the man.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:32:06 PM PST

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    •  There is a de-sensitaion going on with gamers. (2+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade, Vetwife

      We disrespect this aspect of modern mentality at our peril.

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