Army Leader Praises PlayStation Generation
General Sir Richard Dannatt , Head of the British Army has praised the “PlayStation Generation” as being “more than a match” for combat in Afghanistan. He went on saying that they were indeed “exemplary” in their courage and bravery at his address of the Cardiff Business Club.
“There is no doubt in my mind that our people, whether from the specialist Air Assault and Commando Brigades, or from the Ground Manoeuvre Brigades are all up to the job.
“There was a time when commentators and some more experienced members of the Army expressed concern as to whether the ‘PlayStation generation’ were up to dealing with the gritty bloody conflict that is routine business in southern Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Well, I’m pleased to say that they are. Our young soldiers, drawn from across British society, are more than a match for what is required of them and I salute every one of them.”
The General’s praise is in stark contrast to the accusations of West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green that Xbox and video games are the downfall of British football.
I think we would have the best team if we could go into every household and throw away every PlayStation, Xbox and video game. We have the players and the best league in the world. The way the game is played here is so different though.
Watching the Premier League is like Formula One – it’s that quick – and then you go to an international game and it’s like a game of chess.
Somehow I would have expected to hear this sentiment from a more … authoritarian source, but Green goes on to insert the other foot in mouth considering his own recent performance in the national finals. (thanks GamePolitics)
Other countries seem to bring on world class players, countries like Brazil and Argentina where, often, it’s football or nothing – in contrast, we live in a country where we have choices, and perhaps the will to do it and the need to escape from situations you’re in are not so clear.
So there you have it. I guess video games prepare players to be better leaders of men than footballers. Which is better in my book anyway. Having been a footballer as a youth and a military man as an adult I know which one meant more to me in the long run.