Wow, you must get a lot of e-mails.
They shot her because she was shooting at them - in that situation, they probably wouldn't have even noticed that she was a woman until she was dying on the ground. I rather doubt that anyone - you, me, anyone - would have acted differently (except that, lacking any training, we would have probably been shot first ). But it's one thing to shoot at combatants, and it's entirely another to skin prisoners or kill civilians.Originally posted by Phillip Tanaka
I think that it was because of the training they had gone through that they were able to shoot her in self defence. Was it the right thing to do? Like I said, I don't think I would be able to do it.
Now, 'ang about there, mate. Most WC games make it pretty clear that war is not something you'd like to take part in.War isn't the way it's portrayed in Wing Commander or any other number of video games. War is not pretty or glorious.
Originally posted by Aries
the recruit waves his "leave me alone, i'm a pussy" card
Oh certainly. Sure it is.Originally posted by Quarto
But it's one thing to shoot at combatants, and it's entirely another to skin prisoners or kill civilians.
True. There are elements of war in some movies and games. And sure, Wing Commander does put the message across that most everyone want's to stop the war, hell even the Kilrathi Emperor wants the war ended as soon as possible. Another good example of a game with anti war issues is Metal Gear. What I'm saying is that Wing Commander is a game set in a war time, and is meant to be fun. Now there's nothing wrong wit that. I love the game, have many other war games and combat games. However, it's only a game, and as such, many of the atrocities of war are spared, and understandably so. We don't, or at least I hope we don't, play war games so we can see how much pain and suffering the participants go through. (I'm not talking about, say, a game like Soldier of Fortune, which sells itself on it's grizzily, gory, portrayal of combat). The emotional trauma that soldiers go through, such as the troops in Full Metal Jacket, many people would be turned away by this in a video game. Or, a good example I thought of is the anti war anti action protest. It's never been used in a video game, and rightfully so. Who wants to have to fight against the VietCong for months, only to go home and be shit on by the anti war protesters? Nope, not me. Boot up a counter terrorist game after watching seeing Binladen on the news, only to be confronted by a lot of 'protect the poor defenceless terrorists' and 'September 11 was a conspiracy by the government' properganda? Even if it was allowed in games, it wouldn't be put in. The game will just let you go hunting. Which is exactly what yours truely does to terrorists on a regular basis. Now, if I could only get that old Wing Commander game to work properly so I can fight the Mandarins...Originally posted by Quarto
Now, 'ang about there, mate. Most WC games make it pretty clear that war is not something you'd like to take part in.
You are correct to a certain degree, but I guess this would be the time to point out that the destruction of Kilrah, with all its civilians, was in fact such an atrocity, and you got to pull the trigger.Originally posted by Phillip Tanaka
However, it's only a game, and as such, many of the atrocities of war are spared, and understandably so. We don't, or at least I hope we don't, play war games so we can see how much pain and suffering the participants go through.