FYI - Video Games and Real Life are Different

This Reuters article by Claudia Parsons takes a slightly different approach to the whole "life imitates video games" phenomenon. Reporting from the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, she speaks to several crew members who are well aware of the line between video games and reality. This may come as a shock to you, but these guys think there's a difference between booting up your flight simulator and actually piloting your FA/18 over a "no fly" zone. The Navy understands the value of games to assist in the education of pilots, however they are aware that the games don't make pilots. I think it's a refreshing perspective from the mainstream media who is often quick to portray video games as reality for those who play them.

My favorite quote was from a gamer pilot who says, "I don't play flying games because it's like work". That must be why I stopped playing all those computer systems troubleshooting games.

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That must be why I stopped playing all those computer systems troubleshooting games.

You gotta pickup "Help Desk Tycoon"!

Interesting article, but is this really news? I know a bunch of pilots who LOVE flight sims, but never would consider them replacements for real-life experience. At best, their good primers for classroom instruction, and little more.

It certainly wasn't news to us. I just like seeing gaming mentioned in mainstream media without being blamed for something.