What Military Shooters Leave Out
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Black Ops never once portrayed the Vietnamese as living, breathing people. In the storied history of the Call of Duty franchise, or in the Battlefield or Medal of Honor franchise for that matter, never once have we seen the opposition as people. We shoot them as people, they stumble and roll across pavement as people, yet their humanity is categorically absent from our encounters with them. The opposing forces in video games are always hyper-hostile, dark-skinned drones that shoot without question and answer to some ridiculous ideal that we, the heroes, must silence. War isn’t that way, though. And it shouldn’t be portrayed that way.