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When reading J. Glenn Gray’s fascinating book “The Warriors”, about his experience as officer and sociologist participating in WWII, it strikes me how some of the mechanisms of real war that he describe can be translated to military video games. In one chapter Gray describes the enduring appeal of battle of consisting of comradeship and the fascination of destruction.

Gray write on the latter subject: “Some scenes of battle, much like storms over the ocean or sunset on the desert or the night sky seen through a telescope, are able to overawe the single individual and hold him in a spell. He is lost in their majesty. His ego temporarily deserts him, and he is absorbed into what he sees. An awareness of power that far surpasses his limited imagination transports him into a state of mind unknown in his everyday experience.” (more…)

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