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Xbox games, anyone?! I enjoy shooting zombies on the xbox but have zero interest in actual guns and don't like them being anywhere near me.  

Games like Call of Duty are filled with subliminal prompts to persuade young boys that being in the army would be just as cool and exciting as playing COD. It is seriously sinister.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 09:35:28 AM EST
Huh, hadn't heard about that.
I'm behind the times I see:
The game lingers upon the face of a bloodied victim and with the push of a few buttons you insert a piece of broken glass into his mouth and punch him in the face (watch here).
In the controversial mission entitled "No Russian," you walk through an airport armed with a set of machine guns, slaughtering hundreds of terrified and screaming civilians. [...] , this mission is central to the storyline of Modern Warfare 2 and gamers aiming to enjoy the full experience of the game are likely to play it anyway (certainly most reviewers opted to play the full game).
Call of Duty supports the myth that America needs to defend itself against the perpetual threat of foreign tyranny and spontaneous terrorism, and that it is pulled into wars rather than creating them. As Modern Warfare 3 approaches, poised to become the next best-selling game of all time, we can expect a similar, propagandist appeal to warfare: you fight in New York, London, Paris, and Berlin - you are fighting for nothing less than the preservation of the First World way of life.

Things have moved on since I played Wizball.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:40:10 PM EST
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It's truly sick. My nephews were allowed to play that game where it's okay to shoot prostitutes (Armed Robbery, or something like that) many years ago when they were kids and when I saw it for a few seconds on the screen, I had to wonder about my brother's emotional intelligence (he's a genius in lots of areas.)

Oh, Grand Theft Auto (which should have WHAT to do with prostitutes?)

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:53:47 PM EST
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Afghan president: Prince Harry is young and should be forgiven mistakes | UK news | guardian.co.uk

When Prince Harry compared fighting in Afghanistan to playing a video game, the Taliban were quick to accuse him of mental illness and cowardice, joining a chorus of criticism from all sides.

But in Afghanistan's highest reaches of government he has found at least one ally. President Hamid Karzai, usually quick to condemn western mis-steps in his country, told the Guardian that the young royal's comments may have been a mistake, but he should be let off the hook because of his age.

"Prince Harry is a young man, we do give exits to young men when they make mistakes," said Karzai, who is visiting the UK for a high-level conference, and also expects to meet Prince Charles before flying home.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:06:50 AM EST
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Meh. If you actualy read the interview with prince Harry, it certainly doesn't seem very outrageous.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 07:48:35 AM EST
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