Years ago, my gamer friends would all talk about how annoyed they were that politicians were trying to take violence out of games. I didn't understand it, especially since i was 10 times the gamer they were, and often played the most violent of FPS games. And yet I didn't see the problem behind removing violence. Maybe lots of people are playing games to kill the crap outta people, to see gore, and they love that sense, but I dunno, I don't take it so literally maybe. Dont' get me wrong, I loved Kill Bill's exagerrated blood spouts, just like i love how some anime has crazy ways of having organs fly around. But still....... I don't really care if below 18 year old kids are forced to stay away from that kinda stuff. Doesn't seem like a big deal..... and considering how weird and out-of-touch-with-reality some hormonally-active boys can be, I think it's a pretty reasonable measure.
and I never understood why we're so obsessed with buying/selling things related to the mass carnage of warfare, exploiting war for entertainment purposes. It just seems odd. I'm under the impression, after reading many WW2 and Vietnam books by soldiers, that very few of them would ever even consider making money off of such a topic. And yet people who are not part of war, relish the opportunity to dump their collective millions of dollars into the topic for entertainment. Yeesh.
Personally, I'd still play my fav game, Day of Defeat, if it was teddy bears shooting bananas at each other. I'm there for the gameplay.
As for the Army being able to recruit 18 yr olds to go to war, and REALLY kill people, while banning 17 yr olds from even playing these games..... well the reasoning behind that is the military knows 18 yr olds are gullible, and that they can suck you in to fight in wars that you barely understand. 18 yr olds aren't exactly known for their high political and historical awareness. I'd argue that the military should raise the minimum age limit for recruitment to 25, because most 18 yr olds are friggin idiots and don't things through enough, and most 18 yr olds who do join the military are desperately poor.... which just makes them more likely to be friggin idiots. (I have lots of respect for the military as an establishment, BUT it would be a lie to say that all my friends who joined the military after high school were well-learned people.)
so yeah, it makes perfect sense here. US society says "you kids are too stupid to control your own smoking or drinking habits, and you're too stupid to play these super violent video games without regulation. BUT we *know* this, which is why we want you to join the military and kill stuff without asking questions."