Army officer and gamer, Don Gomez, has written strong opinion on the fact - as he sees it - that "About 75% of American youth are unfit to serve in the armed forces either because of their physical condition, their criminal record, or because they did not graduate high school. It is mostly this same cohort - 18 to 24 year olds - who buy and play war games."
Gomez has seen actual combat in Iraq - he got out in 2006. He plays games. He likes to play video games. He's not 'a hater'. As he points out that:
"I?m a video game fan, but lately it?s been getting harder to deal with the way they?re being marketed and sold. Watching the almost three minute long trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, I found myself hooked by the cinematic spectacle of it?stunning visuals and haunting music?but as a soldier, it made me deeply uneasy."
He's a sensible guy, he says: "Of course, I am aware that this is a simply a video game and critics would say I should lighten up.
"But over the years, I?ve learned that when it comes to depictions of the United States military, waving things off as ?just a video game? or ?just a movie? is an easy excuse to be irresponsible."You should read his full article here...