I love first-person shooters! That’s right!
If you read this blog regularly you probably know that I am a radical pacifist, believing that war is never an option for solving a problem. In fact, I don’t believe that countries ought to have standing armies, or that soldiering should be a career option. These are all offensive to me on a deep level, and I want my life to represent that.
However, I love the Call of Duty games, love em. Check this video out, if you look at it from a purely technological perspective it’s amazing. This is Modern Warfare 2, the much anticipated sequel to the first Modern Warfare, the first in the Call of Duty franchise to get me hooked. You can play this game online, fighting with up to 17 other players, from anywhere in the world in real time. the level of integration and graphics and strategy is amazing to me in a purely artistic way.
As far as I’m concerned playing this game only reaffirms the futility of war, as there is no strategy that is perfect. In other words, even the best players get blown to bits by accidents of placement and random fire. When I play this I think of how ridiculous and horrifying real war must be. I’m not justifying it, I am merely expressing my confusion about how people play these things and are even more enthused for battle. In the end, I think my engagement with these games are contrary to my highest principles, but I am not a saint, and I have no confusion about my stance against militarization. If I were asked to sacrifice playing these games for the elimination of the military I would in a heartbeat, but in the meantime i’m still trying to unlock my flamethrower from the last game World at War! Seriously though, I am aware that these games are funded by the armed ‘services’ and marketed to young kids who perhaps don’t have the same understanding of mortality that I have. I remember being a kid and not really conceptualizing the idea of death, and that made me underestimate the value of my life.
anyways, this site also explores issues of coming technological progress, which is often related to warfare, and these games are technologically amazing. You make the call!