It’s not a right or left issue. Our society has been shaped for the profit of the war industries, and this is one of the symptoms.
The kids have been trained to kill… to supply soldiers for global wars.
The Pentagon and DARPA (the venture capital arm of the CIA) since the 70’s, have spent billions on the development of the first video game consoles and shooting games ….
“Like much of early computing, nascent digital gaming benefited from military spending. The prototype for the first home video games console, the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey, was developed by Sanders Associates, a US defence contractor. Meanwhile, pre-digital electronic flight simulators, for use in both military and civilian training, date back to at least the second world war.
By the late 1990s,” says Nick Turse, an American journalist, historian and author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives, “the [US] army was pouring tens of millions of dollars into a centre at the University of Southern California – the Institute of Creative Technologies – specifically to build partnerships with the gaming industry and Hollywood.”
because “Military trainers found that the vast majority of young men are reluctant to shoot at another human being: They need to be desensitized through training”
“In World War II, when U.S. soldiers got a clear shot at the enemy, only about 1 in 5 actually fired, according to sensational and controversial research by Army historian Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall. It wasn’t that they were cowards: On the contrary, they performed other perilous feats, including running onto the battlefield to rescue fellow soldiers, and sometimes they even placed themselves in greater personal danger by refusing to fire. And yet at the moment of truth, they just couldn’t kill.”
” According to developer of Call of Duty, Sledgehammer, all of this is drawn from real-life military research, gathered through close ties with Pentagon advisors . The work of a Call of Duty scriptwriter is similar to that of the futurologists whose job it is to prophesise the ways in which technology might be used to wage war decades from now. Figures like Anthony can become a useful cog in the military system.”
“Although the MS video game was once regarded as excessively violent, it has now become socially acceptable, as the virtues of military life have become incorporated in popular culture. That transition has taken place in part because the military has begun to work closely with the producers of MS video games, such as the “Call of Duty” series, to imagine and prepare for future military threats, both on virtual battlefields and on actual terrain.”
“Daniel Kaufman, current head of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) within DARPA, is a former operating officer at Dreamworks Interactive, the Steven Spielberg-founded game studio that created the commercial video game series Medal of Honor, a first-person shooter military game that has reportedly been used for training purposes in the Marine’s Infantry Cognitive Skills Labs.” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ezvpy4/darpa-uses-preteen-gamers-to-beta-test-tomorrows-military-software
“One of the buzzwords tossed around frequently by the Medal of Honor team is “authenticity.” The game has more than 50 actors, delivering thousands of lines of dialogue, with foreign dialogue recorded in Pashto, Gulf Arabic and Chechen. To create some of the animation used in the game, Medal of Honor’s computer-graphics team examined videos from Afghanistan that are posted on sites like YouTube and LiveLeak. “We want the player to feel, not like they’re in a movie, but like they’re in Afghanistan,” Waylon Brinck, the computer-graphics supervisor for the game, told me.
The scale of the effort devoted to this can be mind-boggling. Using more than 100 microphones, audio engineers recorded actual weapons fire at Fort Irwin in California, in a mock Iraqi village used by the military for training. With the Pentagon’s permission, the audio team attached microphones to Apache helicopters and recorded the sounds of takeoffs and landings, as well as the sounds of the helicopters firing their rounds. They even hooked microphones up to the targets that the helicopters destroyed.”