Games Can Help Prevent Military Massacres, Too

The parallels between video games and the 2007 death of over a dozen Iraqis are clear. Not so clear, but just as important, is the potential games have to prevent such tragedies.

A nice counter-piece to the accusatory tone you may have seen surrounding the story earlier in the week can be found on Slate, where a number of video games are highlighted for their efforts in training military personnel to think first, before they shoot.

America's Army is one, for how it rewards co-operative play and punishes those who break the Army's rules of engagement. Full Spectrum Warrior is another, for how it encourages leaders to plan their moves, not just go in all guns blazing.

What's important about those games isn't that they're commercially available titles, but that they're also - or at least used to be - used to train actual members of the US military.

Beyond this, a number of other in-development or military-only games are showcased, like ones that focus on interaction with civilians, and even a title that helps soldiers learn about sexual harassment.

If you felt like games caught a bad rap earlier in the week, it's a good read. Helps remind you that, like a television show or a movie, games are just a medium, and any good or bad that come from them is up to the creator, not gaming itself.

Death From Above [Slate]


    I dunno. Stylised violence isn't attractive because its in video games, its attractive because its cool. Unless they make not being a pyschopath cool and fun it doesn't really matter that its in a video game.

    Games are the ultimate medium to reduce violence.
    When you become stress or angry you go to your gaming console and start shooting or bashing pixels.
    Without games, people's anger or stress could be taken out on others - more commonly on their wives.

    People who are extremely bored might end up going out and graffiti/tagging all over the place because they have nothing better to do. With games, you can tag a pixel wall.

    In real life you might have a need for speed and end up crashing and killing people. Those who play games can play Need for Speed.

    To me gaming is a way to release our human emotions, anything pint up inside us and in fulfilling our human desires without having to harm others around us.
    All the destruction, harm, speed thrills and even lustful desires can be fulfilled harmlessly in a video game rather than in real life.

    where can we find the thousands of other apache videos?

    ...or, you know. You could always go man a helicopter and shoot people instead.

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