Last week’s poll question was related to violence and video games and this week’s question is an extension of that.
Have you ever fired a real gun?
It’s another emotive subject and I suspect that it might turn into a debate about whether guns should be legal etc but let’s try and keep on-topic.
I’ll tell you now that I haven’t fired a real gun but I have to admit I am curious as to how it would feel.
We have to accept that the games we play provide a simulation of exactly that: firing guns. Yes, I am mature enough to separate reality from fantasy but in ever other fantasy I have I want to do it for real. Perhaps on some level, I relly do want to find myself fighting for humanity is a secret base.
Also, wanting to fire a gun is clearly not the same as wanting to kill people. I love riding my bike but that doesn’t mean I try to hit pedestrians walking across the road. But can we separate the simply action of firing a gun from the context. Maybe. Some of you know that I used to coach and play squash. I am very happy just hitting the ball alone. The action of hitting the ball IS hugely satisfying for me, whether it’s squash or any otherbat/rcaket and ball sport. So, perhaps it is possible to simply enjoy firing guns.
I’m not sure this is exactly the right time to mention this but I have always felt strange that as a society we can turn on our TV and watch people kill people with guns (illegal) but can’t watch two people have consenting sex (legal). I am NOT suggesting pornography should be on TV, I just feel that it is deeply reflective of society that we can watch an illegal act but can’t watch a legal one. Sorry if that’s too much off-topic.
I’m hoping to visit the U.S.A. next year and if the oppotunity comes, I might visit a gun range and try, not sure yet.
Anyway, what are your thoughts?
Lastly, what about paintball? Do you or have you played paintball? That’s soething that has never interested me at all, but it’s pretty close to my gaming interests. Maybe if they made a HUGE Black Mesa themed paintball facilty I might try it.