US army gives support to games designers, who make computer and videogames about war. This help is of course not without agenda. The purpose is not just make more realistic games, but to make the gamers see the world through the eyes of Pentagon.

A simple games release made it into newsreel, not because gamers are a growing part of population (from children to adults), but because some british journalists decided to ask a mother of a british Afghanishtan casualty, how she liked the multiplayer online version, where the gamers could not only play the NATO forces, but also the taliban. Well she did not like it. Who liked it even less, was the British secretary of defence Liam Fox, who thought it as “un-British”. So the name for the multiplayer version was changed from taliban to “opposing force”. Now, since pentagon allready checks and doublecheks all games produced with their help, it seems hypocritical that this name change took place, when the “oppocing force” in the single player game is called taliban and that is the message the gamers are soposed to learn from the game. That taliban is the enemy.

So nobody is really offended by the fact that these games are sold to people under the advertisment idea, that they are more realistic depictions of war. If they really were realistic, they would not sell the Pentagon idealism, and hence US army would not help in making them.

What is interresting, is the reaction of British politics. The war is really unpopular in Europe at the moment. It is rather difficult to understand why we common europeans are paying for this campaign. Especially since it is finally starting to be obvious that the war has been gruesomely lost. The public image of unified mercy mission to the oppressed masses of Afghanishtan has turned into support for a totally corrupt government. Both the western armies and mercenaries paid by western governments have been guilty of horrific atrocities and random killing of civilians. No doubt the taliban are not innocent, but their propaganda investment is also smaller, so one has to put that into wiev as well.  The western governments are simply trying to invent political tactics to withdraw by 2014 latest, even though all military experts have said that the afghan army will not be ready even by that time.

But what can not be won in real war, is won at imaginary virtual world in imaginary virtual games. A fact is, that the games are there to entertain, but the more authentic they get the stronger impression on what actually happened they give to the gamers. Much like movies.

As time passes and british troops retreat beaten from Afghanishtan (for the second time), nobody will be outraged by a game, that gives the gamer an opportunity to play a taliban. After all nobody really protests against games where you may play germans in world war II setting. Or are taliban some how even more “un-British”, than the nazis? At least nazis actually attacked Britain, while taliban have mainly just concentrated on defending their own land from foreign invaders.

At the same time innocent afghans are dying as the result of the war.

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