Confession: I Quite Enjoy Military Shooters
Don’t look at me in that tone of voice. It’s true.
Look, I get that the gaming world is currently over-saturated with modern day military shooters and they have fast become the bane of any gamer’s existence, because publishers will force developers to make more of those instead of encouraging proper games with actual innovation and stuff. I get it. I do.
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But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying pretty much every Call of Duty title to have released, as well as Battlefield 3’s singleplayer component. I understand fully, where each game errs and at times I understand when a game is downright bad. And yet this form of game is entertaining to me, far more so than some other genres, although that might just speak to this time in my life. After all, I do currently fit the demographic of young male adult, that publishers target with games such as these.
Perhaps it’s the glorification of the military in modern media, where we have almost romanticised the idea of someone fighting for their country, to the point that we don’t question their actions as long as the overall intention is freedom or peace, and any subsequent debate is grounds for treason since those troops and their actions are always above reproach. Or, and to quell the sudden political direction of this article, maybe I’ve just watched too many military-inclined movies, the likes of Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, to the point that I have romanticised the notion of being part of such a thing.
I certainly don’t like taking orders, I’ll say that much.
And yet when Captain Foley tells me to move to the objective and secure that bunker, I do it. With a smile on my face. Because it’s just so damn fun to play pretend, as if you’re a part of an actual war or battle or whatever. I’ve had a lot to say about the Call of Duty and Battlefield games in the past, but I have never taken away from their fun factor, especially personally where at times I will spend hours in the multiplayer playing a specific class and just enjoying it (I did this as a special ops class in Battlefield 2) and at other times I will play and replay the singleplayer campaign and delight in all those really cool moments where I feel part of a squad who are fighting not just for their countries or its people, but for bare-knuckles survival. To see the next day.
Call of Duty 2 used to have the following quote as one of its death screens: “There are no atheists in foxholes” is not an argument against atheists; it’s an argument against foxholes.
Kudos if you know who said that. Double kudos if you know how they actually said it, because I can’t quite remember if it’s exactly like that.
Nonetheless, the point is that I’m not quite done with military shooters just yet, as I’m sure, are a lot of others. I’m all for open world RPG experiences and playing games that innovate in various ways, but every now and then I need the instant gratification that can only come with holding an assault rifle in my hand and firing at enemies because my commanding officer told me to.
How about you?