It certainly makes you think!!
November 11, 2010 8:46am CST
Today in the UK and other Commonwealth countries is Remembrance Day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. It is the day when we remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and in other conflicts, we wear a red poppy as a sign of remembrance. I found it rather strange at 2 minutes past 11 this morning,just as we had observed a two minute silence in honour of all the servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives for us that it is just two days since there was great news and excitement following the release of a video game - Call of Duty: Black Ops - a game featuring fighting and shooting in a 'war game'; I wonder just how much these games manufacturers think about these war games when there are so many young lives lost every day in real conflict!
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11 Nov 10
Ouch, I am the first to respond (though perhaps not once I have typed this). I have an immense sense of pride in our Armed Forces. I feel that our political parties use them as pieces in their own games, which I abhor. But I don't want to use your topic as an opportunity to score political points. I have played wargames of some fashion ever since being a kid- board games, PC games, role play. Looking at history one of the first things that a man taught his son was how to defend himself. We have moved on since the medieval age, with the exception of religion. Although I understand where you are coming from I am not so concerned at the timing of a game release. In my view global banking is responsible for more deaths than any war game. I would like to see more games aimed at taking out the heads of global banking for their shady dealings in Africa. Send me a link that allows me to assassinate Bob Diamond, Tony Blair or Bob Mugabe, and I'll gladly play on line. Of course, ML may remove my comment as the words Blair and Mugabe are indeed indecent.
11 Nov 10
and I think a lot would join you!! As the mother of a son who had the game ordered so he could have it exactly on the day it was released I hadn't thought of the timing of the release. It only really hit me this morning of the coincidence of the release, but as an American game the date would mean nothing to them! I don't personally think these games make people more violent, my son's a right softie despite shooting all the virtual baddies!!
12 Nov 10
Thank you. Just one of those days when I really felt that I did not want to go out the front door. Getting too many of those at the moment. I am currently filling out an application for a job that I was interviewed for earlier in the week. I don't like counting chickens, but indicators are that once the red tape is sorted I could be on the move.
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11 Nov 10
Today is a sad day for me because I lost my fiance 20 years ago today when our house burnt down with him and our 3 pets inside. I survived because I was at my best friends house that fateful night. However, I'm very happily married to a wonderful man and am very grateful to have him in my life, I just wish my fiance had a chance to live out his life. He was only 35. The year 1918 is when my grandmother was born, God rest her soul. She was my heart and soul all throughout my life. She loved me when nobody else could. Now about the game, I don't understand it either. Why does it have to be about war and killing one another? And why does it have to be so darned graphic? It's no wonder kids these days are so immune to violence! What is it going to take to wake these money hungry idiots who produce such things?