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I’m not a fan of Political Correctness. If PC were a Tweeter, I’d unfollow her. If PC were a Facebooker, I’d unfriend him. It has its roots in the heart, an emotional organ which should be in-balance with our brains. But like so many’s reproductive organs, they seem to take on a brain of their own; overriding our grey matter and making us render choices not in our best interests.
Take this discussion on Why Modern Video Game Armies Lack Female Troops. The game makers rightly say adding a woman adds a lot of work into a game. Men and women don’t run, walk, roll, or sit the same. Their bodies tend to be different. Not to mention these are video games, where a smaller body frame might make for a smaller (and unfair) target. 3D game models are built that way because we’re built that way.
So I read through the comments, and see a lot of high ideals of needing more women in war games for better role models and a higher gender representation. How it’s all more important than this feature, or that cool idea. I think it’s fantastic.
Well, my heart thinks its fantastic. Of course I want a woman to Be All You Can Be. The women who serve in today’s military in non-combat (but often dangerous) roles are doing a wonderful service to their country. If I’m ever blessed with a daughter, I’d hope she would be able to become who she wishes to become. As long as she can pass the requirements without the standards being lowered then I’d want her to be able to apply.
But there’s something different with warfare. I realize odds are highly unlikely of the doomsday alien-destruction scenarios such as in the games Halo and Gears of War; two series that introduce female warrior characters in parts. I can’t help but wonder if such were to happen (from alien or earthling) and women were fighting: From whence would the future generations come?
In such dystopia is there room for women to fight if they so-choose? Or are we all equally doomed?
So I tried the PC demo of the Avatar video game, and I must admit: I liked it. Well, perhaps not “liked“, but there was something enjoyable in the game.
For a video game, it’s simply gorgeous. I think the only way to be let down by the graphics would be to compare it to the movie version’s computer graphics, which would be an unfair connection – or perhaps using an older computer. It’s a lush setting with plants, animals and man (and Na’Vi)-made products. It’s also pretty durned spiffy when it briefly switches to night-time and we get to see the planet in its luminescent glory.
It’s a dangerous planet. Like the movie, if you get attacked it’s your own fault for either not treading lightly enough or for just getting too close. You do not belong here, former Marine. Yankee, go home.
But then as one eases himself into the role, and squeezes the trigger the first time, one can pretend just how awesome it can be to have that firepower at one’s command. Concerned something will attack? Shoot it with the machine gun. Don’t like how that flower is looking at you? Burn that veggie with the flamethrower. See a pack of angry “hyenas”? Well, there’s no wishing we’d brought grenades for these four-legged Reavers, because a gun is loaded with them.
And just when one is happy that he gets to exact his revenge upon the fictional world of which so many are depressed cannot be real, he gets the option to drive a freakin’ Mech! A Mech is an exoskeleton of pure power and armor:
Don’t blame me for enjoying myself. I like being human. We have not have always had a proud past, and certainly I would be hard-pressed to not follow one of Avatar‘s messages: To be wary of large companies with powerful mercenary forces. But then, I like being human. I like all the beautiful things we are so able to do. And, I don’t have to go to the fictional moon called ‘Pandora’ to see wondrous scenery. So many can be found here on earth. So many inspiring places are even man-made as well as natural.
So forgive me as I fulfill a small fantasy of running ramshod through a movie’s setting which had most humans set as the bad guys, not even worth the prayer Pandoran animals received. I won’t buy the game, because I have no doubt that somewhere within will lie an imposed-lesson on how awful it is to be human. But if any of this sounds appealing, I’d suggest the demo is well-worth the price of admission.
It sure is better therapy than becoming suicidal.