In Iraq, Soldiers Become Gamers During Down Time

Weekend America reporter Adam Allington, on assignment with U.S. troops in Anbar Province, reports that video games are a very popular leisure time activity.

Video game sales are way up [among soldiers]… In a converted Iraqi Republican Guard barracks, Sergeant David Carr and several of his buddies are huddled around a hard-to-find Nintendo Wii.

“We play it when we get off of work almost every night,” Carr says… At the moment however, Carr isn’t playing a shoot-em-up game. Right now he’s got something a little more relaxing, “Hooked! Real Motion Fishing.”

GP: This story reminds me that the Fun For Our Troops non-profit organization works to send games and systems to our military personnel serving overseas.

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    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I played Final Fantasy. It was nearly as fucked up. And if playing COD4 sends you into a relapse, you have deep problems and a weak psyche to start with. I love that game. But what I think is the best, and this is just me now, is when I play on XBOX live and end up playing with 11 year old retarded kids who can’t stop rapping into the mic long enough to shoot someone, and then talk a lot of shit when you call them out on the level of suck they brought to the table.

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    Ian Cooper ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So hang on. If videogames are helping the troops relax, this means that Jack Thompson is actually aiding the terrorists and putting our troops in danger.

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    I remember jsut a few weeks ago a soldier came home from iraq and started playing CoD4. He ended up having a relapse of his time at iraq and running off into the streets thinking he was under attack. So yea I’d have to agree playing FPS right after your time at iraq isn’t a very good thing to do.

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    The_Peacemaker says:

    It would be extremely interesting if a study came out showing that playing videogames reduced the effects of PTSD or the chances of getting it. Jack and friends then would have a really tough time fighting a military backed device.

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    Canary Wundaboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ All

    Just to be clear, I wasnt suggesting that it was a good idea. I just wonder how the story would have been written by a journalist had they been playing such titles.

    I would have expected a “Troops unwind on virtual death simulator” headline.

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    Grombar ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I talked to a guy a few months ago who was back from his first tour over there. He said they don’t get new games in very often, so they try to find games with lots of content (he mentioned Disgaea), then just play the hell out of them.

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