Games On the Front Lines [Kotaku]

This is a really great article on how our troops are using video games in Afghanistan and Iraq during their off-time. I wasn’t aware that soldiers were allowed to bring gaming devices/laptops overseas, but it makes sense so that they don’t lose their minds from boredom.

One of the Marines interviewed actually said playing Call of Duty 4 made him think more about the fact that he was taking a life from his Humvee; he couldn’t really see the death from his gunner position, but when playing CoD you’re often in a direct line of sight of who you’re shooting.

There are some really great stories and anecdotes in this article and I highly recommend you all to take a look at it.

Games on the Front Lines (via Kotaku)

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Kramer
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 14:15:29

    Wow, great article. Like books, video games can really help you escape from an unpleasant or stressful situation. I like the “video games as community builder” theme that turns up in a lot of these anecdotes — that not only did it help the soldiers relate to each other, but it helped them feel like they were still a part of the world outside the war zone. Cool!

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