Wow. In part one of my article, I asked for your thoughts on a clearly divisive and complicated issue. Boy did I ever get some. I heard from you, our loyal readers. I heard from ex-military vets. I heard from former recruits. I even heard from Al-Jazeera! But, perhaps most notably I heard from fellow PNG’er Pete Irace in the form of his counter-point article: The Case AGAINST Video Games as an Army Recruitment Tool.
Get ready Pete, this one may go on for a while.
While I respect the amount of research you put into your rebuttal, I can’t help but come away with one overriding impression that I took away from your piece: disappointment.
Stop it hippies! You’re fighting the wrong battle.
Let me start by saying I whole heartedly support our country’s right to peaceful protest, which is precisely what hundreds are doing for a second time at the new state of the art $12 million Army Experience Center in Philadelphia.
Beware! Extended bouts of Far Cry 2 can cause you to kill everyone you see. Counter Strike can cause premature school shooting. Pro gaming can lead to untimely death by falling out of a tree. Sound ridiculous? Assuming you’re reading this because you are a fan of the hobby, I’m sure it does. However, what if you’ve never played these games in question? What if you’ve never even picked up a controller or furiously clicked a mouse? While I would hope that the majority of people out there would take the necessary steps to educate themselves, or at the very least, keep a sense of skepticism at such absurd sensationalist media, the truth is that too many people believe whatever they see and hear.
What are we to do? We can try to educate them but that would go over as well as an NRA spokesman trying to teach you the virtues of owning an automatic rifle. We are biased. My proposition? Give them exactly what they want.