would elite gamers be good real life soldiers? 54 replies

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#1 13 years ago

i have always wondered if people who play bf2 and are elite at the game, if they would make good "backup" real life soldiers. the question is if they would actually be able to react the same way on a real battlefield?


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#2 13 years ago

No way, it takes alot not to freeze up under fire, and any sane human has problems with killing another human being. Without proper training, gamers would just be as good as any other average Joe.

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#3 13 years ago

Here some reasons why I say no. One you have to be fit and tough not some whippy guy who does nothing but play video games. You have to handle a real rifle which the recoil could hurt and the accuracy might not hit the target. They might not know what it feels like to be shot and could be stupid thinking a bullet would just hurt a little. So I think it is a bad idea.


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#4 13 years ago

I would definately think no for the most part. While gamers come from all types and walks of life, the really hardcore ones that I've ever known are all fairly wimpy. I would be willing to bet that most have never fired a real gun or would be able to adjust to a new climate/situation that well. The thing is games are fairly structured and predictable. Real life combat is not.

I don't mean to offend anyone here...so don't take it the wrong way.

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#5 13 years ago

A gamer who is really good at war based games might make a good soldier, but only after receiving basic training, after all a game like that can only make you familiar with tactics, not actual combat skill.

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#6 13 years ago

In real life, you don't get to respawn.

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#7 13 years ago

:lol: You can't really shoot someone with a keyboard, either. Or a mouse, joystick, or gamepad. And you definitely can't do it snugly from a computer chair with a soda in front of you.

As Mihail said, there are no respawns.

Then again it depends on what kind of games you're talking about. If you're talking war games (preferably strategy games) then perhaps some of what they acquired by playing could help them in a real-life situation, but definitely not that knowledge alone. There are things games can't come close to simulating... yet.


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#8 13 years ago

I would have to go with no, because being in actual combat is a lot different from just playing a game. There's a difference between ordering virtual players who respawn in a certain situation to real life people whose lives are really on the line, resting on your decision. It also takes physical fitness, which, if you're an "Elite" gamer, you probably don't have much of. :p Not to mention having courage under fire and not freezing up.

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#9 13 years ago

I would say no. If they are anything like me, nothing would ever get done. When I play I can't even let someone get hurt without feeling I have failed. In RTS games I treat each unit like it was a real living person. Something happens to them, I lose it. In war you have to take risks. People like me would fail miserably at it.



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#10 13 years ago

There's a big difference between wielding a gun and typing on a keyboard/using a mouse, therefore I believe gamers wouldn't make good soldiers at all.