From: Cross Lanes WV USA
This is a copy of a post I made on a political forum, but politics are left out. If you guys want to add something about wargamers in general, please feel free to do so:
"I've played board wargames since I was 10 years old, and PC games since my mid-20s, and I regard the best ones as those that refine and sharpen one's reasoning skills. Yes, these games do exist, but they are overshadowed in the media by the so-called 'first person shooter' games, which simply require quick-clicks and mindless motor skills.
The kind of games I'm talking about and produced by companies like Matrix Games, which produce combat simulations from ancient times to the far future. Most of their games are turn-based, otherwise called "you go - I go". In these types of historical simulations, you are placed in command of military units from the squad to a whole corps, and are required to maneuver these in a fashion to defeat the opponent, which can be either a computer-managed AI or another human via play by e-mail (PBEM).
The players of these games are usually intelligent folks who enjoy reading history books and have jobs, sometimes very highly-paid ones, and are ignored by the media types. The players of these games correspond through various gaming forums, and yes, there are some trolls, but not many.
I've been using these types of games for many years for both their entertainment value and to sharpen my real-life reasoning skills. These are games with educational content, as the background information contained within a good wargame's documentation is as valuable as the game itself.
The obvious question involving wargame simulation is 'does it glorify war?' No, it does not. However, warfare has been part of human existence since it's beginning, and it's not going to go away anytime soon. These types of games encourage one to think about the results of their decisions, and not simply to 'get off by blowing up stuff'.
However, once in awhile, it is nice to manuever your enemy into a position in which you can destroy his ability to resist. That's how wars are won. "
< Message edited by KG Erwin -- 2/2/2013 1:27:18 AM >