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Military Video Games

Posted by Keith Webster

call of dutyBy Keith A. Webster Jr.

Do the names Call of Duty, Splinter Cell, or Ghost Recon ring a bell? All three of these games have one thing in common: military action. These games have been modernized and are becoming more popular as the years continue to move forward.

According to Corey Mead’s study of War Play, military games attract the life of the soldier in computerized combat. War Play explains the usage of government actions and have led society in education, from GPS and jet engines, to distant education as well as vocational learning.

The interesting fact about military games is that they have been in existence since 1960. Spacewar! was the first game created by graduate students from MIT who were funded by the Pentagon. In 1980, the first-person shooter Battlezone was created which made success in the game industry, which led to the infamous 3D shooter Doom in the 1990s. The reason why Doom was so successful was because it provided multiplayer interacting and its virtual reality based training.

As we witness wars rage on in modern society, the need for young soldiers continues to increase. This is how the military was able to attract the young generation. However, the downside of recruiting soldiers was the rise of psychological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A simulator called Virtual Afghanistan helps soldiers confront traumatic events in a process called exposure therapy. This allows soldiers to rehabilitate their emotions and memories, and also gain an outlook from role-playing different characters.

Although improving the lifestyle of an American soldier is profound, the idea of becoming a soldier is reflected through military games. As these games continue to win fans, the gaming industry will always have a source to provide insight to various soldier scenarios. One thing is clear, the government will not stop recruiting soldiers.

However, the likelihood of military video games not being produced will not be a factor as long as it keeps its gamers entertained and satisfied.

 

 

Why Do We Love Video Games?

Posted by Keith Webster
severedBy Keith A. Webster Jr.
I have written a series of articles about the world of video games. From its origins to its adaptation to the social environment today, it is fair to close these articles on a high note.The subject: Why do we love video games? I can honestly say that video games have become part of my life not only as a fan, but as a social individual that identifies with other gamers that have the same passion and interest in different video game genres. So I have identified four main reasons why gamers love video games. See if you agree with any of them:First, video games allow us to break away from the harsh realities of the real world. We all have our bad days and just want to relax in an environment that is stress free. Well video games offer that independence. Video games allow us to out our aggression and negative inner emotions to wreak havoc on an unreal model of subjects.But this does not mean that gamers are angry individuals, it just means that when we want to unload our stress, we simply find the means to channel that energy and transfer it to something else. It is the simple law of physics; energy is neither created nor destroyed; however, video games let us vent that energy into a virtual environment.

Second, video games have often brought out the little kid in all of us. When it is time to play, we as humans are brought back to the times when fun time literally meant fun time. This could last from thirty minutes to endless hours of button pushing, open dialogue, and constant movement on the television screen. We play video games because there is no outside control to invade our space. Not to say that video games are the leading cause of breakups, because men and women of all ages play video games.

Thanks to internet game play, the social identity of video game collaboration is more appealing to gamers all over the world. Therefore, fun time never seems to end when it comes to playing video games.

Third, instead of sitting on the couch all day you can actually workout with video games. Nintendo became a huge hit with its Wii console, and ever since then workout games have been launched into the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Getting fit has been the life goal for men and women of all ages, but that does not necessarily mean they have to get a gum membership. Video games have given those individuals the freedom to workout in their own home by experiencing the same exercises you would normally get at a local gym. Adults can fully take advantage of this new trend and still be a gamer at the same time!

Finally, the reason why we love video games is because they can be found anywhere. I am not just talking about game consoles, but also the smartphone, tablet/IPad, and computer. As the next generation enters this world, the creation of video games will adapt to them in a more nonlinear platform.

The success of creating video games and attracting gamers of all ages will definitely have a positive effect in the world. Video games will forever be embedded into the souls of gamers and will continue to attract newer audiences with innovative developments and creative masterpieces. No one will ever get bored with mundane activities or feel negative energy as long as they have something to play with, and that will forever be the influential video game.