So, even if Ender's Game had never been written, it would still be strange. It would still be strange that amidst the tragedy and carnage over in Baghdad, American soldiers are playing Halo while Iraqi kids are playing Crash Bandicoot.
(There are interesting side notes in the Salon article. One is that it was illegal to ship PS2s to Iraq because of their number-crunching abilities, and two is that the secret police played through every game to search for anti-Saddam material. Three is that Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is popular in Baghdad)
(Also? I've been playing MechAssault with some of those American soldiers. They're pretty good at it, which is surprising and not.)
(Also, the author of the excellent Salon article is Wagner James Au, also known as Hamlet Linden)Posted by kevin slavin at January 21, 2004 06:36 PM