|They're just games, yes?|
- In the late 70s and early 80s- with Thatcher and Reagan's 'second' Cold War at its height, modern warfare was too closely linked to the spectre of global thermonuclear holocaust for it to have any appeal to me.
- I felt uncomfortable with the idea of playing games about wars the casualties of which would be actual people living in my own time.
|Who's to say this|
isn't a bridge?
Dreams into nightmares
|"Pass the dutchie..."|
I have a readership
Back in black?
|Sometimes you can't|
help but wonder...
|"They had the|
No, not that 'counter-culture'
|PC gone mad?|
- It's PC gone mad (I put my oar in on this issue).
- Actually the Waffen SS didn't wear black uniforms, so black counters are ahistorical anyway (sounds familar).
- They're just games, so you're dumb if black SS counters bother you.
- War is brutal; all sides commit atrocities to a greater or lesser extent; so:
- Why make a special fuss about the SS and our cool black counters?
- Precisely because the SS were the cutting edge of German war crimes on the Eastern Front, it is dubious to make them look specially cool for no good reason (I commented on this issue- function versus decoration, too).
And that's it for now. When I return to this topic I'll be looking more closely at the whys and wherefores of wargames, politics and ethics; and the benefits our hobby might enjoy if we were more attentive to these issues, whether we like it or not. ;)
Wargames, politics and ethics
- #2: Politics? You can run but you can't hide