Now I'm not the first Call of Duty fan, and I certainly won't be the last, but I am one of the few that realize that video games based on historical timelines can actually teach you stuff. Now why come up with a blog like this? It's simple, because of the knuckleheads who think that video games rot the brains of youths. Wake up America, video games can be as educational as any textbook, and it's actually better than reading useless text in a book. One of my examples is the Call Of Duty franchise (before COD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, and MW3), and I include World At War and Black Ops in these examples because they revisit the past.
In the beginning, the Call of Duty franchise revolved around fictional/non-fictional events during World War II. It would look at different squads which included the Americans, the Soviets, the Brits/French, the Poles, and even the Canadians. Though they didn't take a direct approach of WW II, they made the time-period work, with fictional plots, but centered the game around what scenarios were happening, and in COD 2, short videos from The Military Channel were included.
You would be tasked with providing cover, holding off the German reinforcements, using mortars and other time-eraed weapons like the BAR (Browning Assault Rifle), MP40, Gewehr 43, and the Thompson, and COD 3 even has tank missions for the Polish brigade, and has instances during the British scenarios where you can actually drive vehicles. Historically, the weapons and locations were dead on, all while making a historical fictional story work.
Another example of a historical fictional video game is the Medal of Honor franchise.
These games were primarily based off of the OSS, an American agency that functioned during World War II. Various spinoffs like MOH: Airborne, MOH: European Assault, and MOH: Vanguard have been made over the 10 plus years, and have actually been good, and I never really had a problem with any of them, because of their gripping stories.
What pissed most people off with the rebirth of the franchise is now they're going into the modern-day warfare, and even decided to set in in Afghanistan, with the tension of the war at the time at its peak, I had an indication that this would taint MOH's legacy of awesome games, and would take the educational aspect of military type games out, and just try to crank out first person shooters every year.
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