As video games grow ever more violent and realistic, the latest sign
"progress" is the arrival of female characters you can take into combat
in the latest version of the war game "Call of Duty."
You may watch a hundred commercials selling this product, but no one tells the audience what’s really in it. There’s a reason: You’d be shocked. A panel of young pundits on the gaming website IGN.com recently pondered the question "How does it feel to have a woman get stabbed in the face?"
One young man admitted with a bit of shame that "I’m so, for the lack
of a better word, numb to always stabbing dudes in the face" in games.
But women? "It is kind of like, wait a second, it does kind of give me
The others on the panel thought he was all wrong. The lone female treated him as if he was lamely holding women’s progress back. Another man claimed to see the future: "I’ve certainly become desensitized to violence in games, violence in movies, violence as a whole. This is just the next step. I wouldn’t be surprised if in five or six years, there’s going to be kids [inside the war game] in ‘Call of Duty.’"
And let’s guess: when that happens, the gaming pundits will briefly consider – and dismiss – the shock of virtually stabbing children in the face.