CoD, FPS and the US military
With a $500 million gross its first day in release, and experts predicting sales of twenty million copies by the end of the year, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is the current big daddy of games.
Playing war games is fun because it puts you on the battlefield safely without real bullets whizzing by your head. But can FPS war games like Call of Duty influence the real life military?
There have also been reports on how soldiers are being trained with video games, which is apparently very beneficial in the long run. As Greg Voakes of Forbes points out, while some criticize training soldiers with video games because it could potentially desensitize them to violence, others feel that it could have the opposite effect.
"By training a solider in an accurate recreation of former missions," Voakes wrote. "Military analysts believe that video game developers are helping to prepare soldiers for the battlefield in a way never before possible."
"I’d say fantasy is more likely to factor. I often use FPS as a form of cheap therapy and a way to relax after a long day. The actions can be the same, but if it can divorce itself that much further from reality, it’s certainly not a bad thing."
In terms of accuracy, the solider said Killzone and Fallout were the most realistic in recreating combat.