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Kids ask for video game, dad takes them to war
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Beyond the call of duty: how to teach your kids about the reality of war
A Swedish father agreed to buy his sons the latest Call of Duty video game, but only after first showing them what life in a war zone is really like

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/fatherhood/11030428/Beyond-the-call-of-duty-how-to-teach-your-kids-about-the-reality-of-war.html
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That man is brilliant !
There are many kids out there that have no idea what war really is. So why not show them ?
If you ask me though parents should be rather cautious about letting those that fall into the under 17 area to play them in the first place though.
Especially those who aren't even teenagers yet
Not to say that they should not be allowed to play it, just that parents should think a bit more about it over just believing it's just another game.

That guy's idea was seriously unique to say the least but it was a great plan all the same.
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Nice haha. Although, why is he letting his kid play those games anyways? They're usually M rated.
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So what will he do if his son wants to play zombie games?
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jfd492 wrote:

So what will he do if his son wants to play zombie games?


Take em thru the history of the CDC.
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"Video games in themselves are not bad," he added. "But in Sweden and Europe we are very privileged. We have all this wealth and rights and social services. And with that comes the responsibility to educate ourselves and not just become zombies playing video games."

A lot of people don't make the connection between war in video games and war in real life. These games, and rather realistically now, glorify war. They make is "cool" and entertaining. There is also that fact that people, no matter how privileged, shouldn't be content with ignoring the world around themselves.

What this really reminds me off is the US Civil War. At the start of the war civilians would dress up in their best clothes and set elaborate picnics on the edges of pitched battle fields. They did this believing that it would be an enjoyable watch and that the Federal Forces would easily defeat the Confederates as they did not understand the reality of war. When the battle broke and raged spilling off the set battle field these "attendees" were forced to flee for their lives. When one lives in the absence of war, they forget how truly terrible humans can treat one another, and such acts become fantasies.
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Posted 8/13/14
Smart idea to show kids that it's not only a 'cool' game but what war is really like.
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Lol why would he do that? Look son war is bad didnt you know already? Why are you enjoying videogames?
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I'd never buy a mature-rated video game to my son when there are lots of awesome video games that are E or PG10+.
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If the kids want to play the latest WWE 2K, their dad could/would bring them to the actual WWE show arena.

That would be cool. =D

It better be front seats.
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That's pretty funny
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-"Look at how bad war is son, now that I've taught you something, go blow shit up and fuck people's moms over your xbox mic"

-"thnx pap"
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This father really went above and beyond for the sake of his kids, and I am very impressed. It is truly unfortunate that the majority of the internet community consists of people too ignorant to understand this, and he is not getting the recognition he deserves.
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'kid watches anime, father takes him to Japan to show him Japan isnt the same as in anime'
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I don't think I'll ever fully understand what it means to be in a war since I have no first-hand experience (and I hope it stays that way) but I think I'm quite capable of imagining well enough to know that it's really bad. I still find war games entertaining (though they're not usually my favourites) and it does bother me when people complain about games "glorifying" something. If people can't distinguish reality from fiction or are so poorly informed that they believe that something they saw in a game is an accurate representation of reality then that is a problem in itself.

I skimmed the article. It seems that the dad decided to spend some time teaching his kids about something and that is admirable. His methods may have been a little extreme and far from easy for anyone to do but the main point is that he was doing some actual parenting. It would be nice if more people took the time to get to know their kids and help them learn rather than just giving them products and then blaming the products when things go wrong.
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