One of YouTube’s most popular gamers, Wings of Redemption, interrupts his flow of clips about Modern Warfare, Medal of Honor and other war games to share a video from his brother, an American soldier in Iraq. The scene is unusual.
This is not the Iraq we see in video games, one made drab and full of conflict, devoid of regular people doing regular things.
This is not the Iraq we see on the news, where images of strife and struggle still dominate as the US winds down its long-standing presence in the country.
This is Iraq looking, well, ordinary. Colourful. War-torn. But ordinary. Nothing like what we’ve been playing video games through.
The Streets of Baghdad [YouTube]