More Fantasy, Less War: the Games the Military Plays

Researchers look at what servicemembers get from games, and how their experiences may reshape their play.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Bumping up this old article because I thought it was a really interesting read, particularly in the discussion around what drove people towards playing what they did and what they played. People turning to games like MMOs (with their emphasis on teamwork and cooperation) and roles like healers is both unexpected but also makes a lot of sense. I appreciate Boudreau’s focus on interviews and their incorporation of his own experiences. And, of course, I welcome their push for us to think harder about the games we play that focus so determinedly on military conflict.

Really worth going back and reading, in my view!