Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Do wargames glorify war?

Our recent post about the forthcoming documentary War Games helped to spark an interesting discussion on whether wargames glorify war over at BoarGameGeek. While at times the discussion conflates cardboard boardgames and the much more visual, immersive, and seemingly “realistic” genre of first-person-shooter videogames (there seems to me to be rather a difference between the two), there’s much of value there. Look out in particular for some very thoughtful posts by Eric Walters.

We’ve posted a few pieces in the past that touch upon the subject:

The image above is from the controversial (and still unpublished) videogame Six Days in Fallujah.

h/t Gorgoneion (for starting off the BGG discussion)

3 responses to “Do wargames glorify war?

  1. Jason 21/06/2014 at 4:38 am

    No. War games reflect the glorification of war and soldier-worship that already exist, and have existed since before video games did.

  2. John Kantor 02/02/2012 at 3:08 pm

    War needs to be glorified. History is the story of war – not peace. We are who we are today and we have what we have today because of the wars we and our ancestors fought. And if we want the world to be a better place – one eventually without war – we still have a lot of wars to fight.

    Anyone who doesn’t see that is both a fool and part of the problem.

  3. Piero 28/11/2011 at 4:53 am

    I find all your articles very interesting. So it has been an honour to appear in one of them.
    H/t to you! :)

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