An Argument Against the Trend of Realism in Video Games

Our ability to engage with and enjoy playing video games as a leisure activity cannot exist without the line between us and the game's subject matter. Call of Duty, for instance, is an enjoyable game based on being a soldier in the line of duty and comes with all of the death and all the fictional mortal peril that one might expect from a war game. It is an extraordinarily popular series but there's no debate that subject matter of the game comes from something horrifying. Being on the battlefield in real life involves the fear that you won't come home alive and the guilt and mental trauma associated with taking another human being's life. Nothing about war is fun. A war video game is fun because nothing about it is real.

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