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Op Ed

NYTimes.com - Recruiting the Inner Military Hero in Men.
Trust the marketers to show us the way. The people who make these games know exactly which of their audience’s psychological buttons they are trying to push. The tagline in the commercial Activision has been running during football games and other television programs to promote Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is “There’s a soldier in all of us.” The official trailer has been pulling in about a million hits a day.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the ad is that it shows almost no game footage. Instead, it shows live actors on sets made up to look like locations in the game. It features what appears to be an office-dwelling everyman (played by Jonah Hill) dressed up in fatigues and being transformed from a combat “noob” to a warfare vet by a hardened Sam Worthington. You almost never see the targets they are shooting at, as you do in the game. You don’t see the bodies fall, as you do in the game.

The message is clear: These games give you the chance to play soldier in a fanciful, safe way. Call it the promise of plausible heroism.

[CodeBoX Media] - Dragon Age 3- What Must Be Done. Thanks Jeff.
The final point: Make choices matter. Regardless of which side you chose at the end of Dragon Age 2, the result was nearly the same. Part of the brilliance of Mass Effect 2 was you could come out of the ordeal ranging from virtually unscathed to it being an ugly disaster. Apply the same sort of choice and the tried and true BioWare formula to Dragon Age 3, and we will once again have an undisputed king of fantasy RPGs. Forgo these changes, and I fear the crown may slip. Skyrim is making a bold claim for it already.

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6. Re: Op Ed Nov 16, 2011, 14:43 eunichron
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 16, 2011, 13:52:
I would just as readily pick up a weapon and stand to post as easily as they would.

Congratulations, that just negated your entire argument. This "moral responsibility" you speak of is entirely subjective, as morality itself is subjective. Those are axiomatic differences that you can never change.
 
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