Jon Simpson

Call of Duty: Gaming and Reality in Modern Warfare

20 Oct 2010

All that realism crowding out reality. You were there… what was it like? they’d ask.

“The next time you get killed playing Call of Duty,” I tell one of them, “take the game out back, back behind your dorm. And bury it. Along with a picture of your best friend. That’d be a good start.”

“Why a picture of someone else? I thought you said the next time I get killed.”

“Your own death is too abstract.”

Amazing piece on the modern war-game/FPS and its relationship with real combat. The S.L.A. Marshall statistic that 75% of WWII soldiers never fired on the enemy - even under direct threat - and the solution in modern training is thought provoking.