We've heard recently how
games are good for you; here's another side of the story, which could unfortunately become fuel for the anti-game
brigade's fires. The history of games and the military is a fairly long one, with recent titles like America's Army
bringing the two together.
This Washington Post article examines the use of gaming in the American military, from mission co-ordination to
marksmanship training. It also looks at soldiers who play games--from those who relax off-duty with first-person
shooters, to a sergeant, home from the war, who won't play the violent titles he formerly enjoyed.
soldiers to familiarise themselves with combat situations before experiencing them in real life seems to have its
bonuses, best summarised by Marine Col Gary W. Anderson: "Today's soldiers, having grown up with first-person
shooter games long before they joined the military, are the new Spartans.