Friday, September 02, 2005

Responding to weird weird weird...

This is in response to Mags' "weird weird weird" post. I totally agree with you about how sick the ideology is behind war mongering, which leads to the inevitable recruiting of young men and woman to sign their lives over to war.
Mags' post refering to the games that Jo presented in her lecture about recruiting soldiers and warfare simmulation, reminded me of a particular scene in Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11/. Whereby a soldier's mother was fully pro the army and her son's participation in the war in Iraq, that is up until her son was killed. Then she was absloutely distraught and began trying to educate other people about the real toll of war.

I think that 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional games can glorify the reality of war, the abject poverty and disease is not shown on PS games such as Medal of Honor and although gamers can "lose themselves" within the game, this hardly equates to mothers and fathers losing sons and daughters for real. As a pacifist I would rather there not be any wars, but as a realist and understand that history is prone to repition. It just saddens me to think of the lives that are lost and then maddens me that some people attempt to justify such senseless loss. (Needless to say, I have only played first person shooter games once: shot one bullet and freaked out!)

Peace out - Char*


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