The Age: "Video Games Destroying US Military"
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1> <i>The Age</i> : "Video Games Destroying US Military"</h1><p>June 3, 2007 (LPAC)--An article entitled "Killing Soldiers' Humanity" in the June 3, 2007 issue of Melbourne, Australia's <i>The Age</i> , is surprisingly frank on how training on video games is destroying the U.S. military. It refers to a World War II study by L.A. Marshall, which "shocked military theorists when it suggested that only a minority of American soldiers could bring themselves to fire directly at another human being in combat, even with their own life at risk." But today the military has solved the problem with first-person shooter games.</p><p>For example, Sergeant Sinque Swales said about his killing an Iraqi with a .50 caliber machine-gun: "It was like I was in a big video game. It didn't faze me, shooting back. It was just natural instinct. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!"</p><p>Retired marine Col. Gary Anderson, former chief of staff of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, told the <i>Washington Post</i> that exposure to first-person shooter games has made today's soldiers the "new Spartans."</p><p>The article begins with a quote from an American soldier, Private Steven Green, interviewed in Iraq in 2006. "Over here, killing people is like squashing an ant. I mean, you kill somebody and like, All right, let's go get some pizza." Shortly after he said this, Green was arrested for raping an Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family.</p></div></body>