Virtual Taliban

by Patrick Appel

Adam Serwer, a video game aficionado, doesn't like realistic games. Building off a post by Adam Weinstein, Serwer cringes at "the Afghanistan-based edition of Medal of Honor, a First Person Shooter in which you have the option of playing as a member of the Taliban":

I don't think any of this stuff should be forbidden. I just have no desire to be a Nazi foot soldier in World War II or a G.I. in a trench in 1917. For that matter, I don't even want to to be a drug dealer in some fictionalized Grand Theft Auto version of 1990s South Central Los Angeles. There are living people I know who have the real experiences those scenarios are drawn from. I'm playing video games to escape from the frustrations of the real world, I don't want to be thrust into another, realistic existence far more bleak than the one I'm currently living.