Do Videogames Have a Responsibility to the Subjects They Depict?
Andrew Webster asks "Does the next 'Call of Duty' glorify real-world black operations?"
In the comments though, a lot of readers seemed to have a similar response: "But it's just a game!"
After more than a decade at war in Afghanistan, several years of war in Iraq, and numerous targeted strikes throughout numerous countries, is that answer still good enough? War in a democracy is the responsibility of every person. And yet even as most of us ignore the conflicts our service men and women are involved in abroad, we continue to buy and play games that depict similar conflicts but with less accuracy and seriousness.
So why exactly doesn't it matter that games in the Call of Duty series that we all enjoy glorify special operations, and often willfully ignore the complexity and nuance surrounding these issues?