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Prince Harry Says Taking Lives Is Like Playing Video Games

January 23, 2013 by  

Prince Harry Says Taking Lives Is Like Playing Video Games
Prince Harry co-piloted an Apache helicopter during a 20-week tour in Afghanistan

While guns continue to be vilified by the Presidential Administration and some lawmakers as the sole benefactor in killings, Prince Harry of Wales said something in a BBC interview that should give pause to those who claim violent video games do not affect a person’s psychological state.

There has been little focus by lawmakers or the mainstream media on the possibility that the rash of mass killings carried out by males in their 20s in recent years could be a byproduct of recreational activities. But in a recent interview, the British prince unwittingly offered a shining example of why a look beyond the guns involved in gun violence is needed as he compared the horrors of war to playing video games.

Harry, who co-piloted an Apache helicopter during a 20-week tour in Afghanistan, told the BBC that taking the lives of insurgents was no different than kicking back on the couch and playing video games.

“It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox,” the 28-year-old said. “So with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid responded to the Prince’s comparing killing in war to playing games: “To describe the war in Afghanistan as a game demeans anyone–especially a prince, who is supposed to be made of better things.”

Mujahid continued: “It shows the lack of understanding, of knowledge. It shows they are unfamiliar with the situation and shows why they are losing. … It’s not a game. It’s very, very real.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

    I believe this article sums up harry’s generation accurately. Enjoy the read:

    • eddie47d

      There is so much in life that is obvious so why would videos games be much different. Most who play these games do it for fun and relaxation and it doesn’t affect their ability to lead a normal life. There will always be a few who are mesmerized by the fast action and violence and it becomes real life. There are those who are obsessed with horror movies and blood letting. Very few look at it as real yet there will always be exceptions in how these movies shape their minds. There are those who take drugs and it helps them cope with life and in others it turns their personality into a dangerous mental state. Now the same can be said about guns where a wide majority of owners wouldn’t want to harm anyone and wouldn’t enjoy it if they did. Then there are those exceptions who enjoy killing and the thrill of the kill. There are a small minority who go to the range to perfect their Rambo image and delight in doing so. There are some very serious and dedicated gun owners and then there are few who are down right sinister with hair trigger minds. There will always be small minorities who shape the thinking of whole industries and for better or worse. An even more obvious one is Texting while there is nothing wrong with doing so under normal circumstance it can be extremely dangerous while driving

    • Steve E

      Warrior, I read the article. One thing in the article that I often discuss with my friends is the fact that the parents are responsible for this younger generation’s narcissistic and entitlement mentality just as the article states. It seems many people who are 50 and over agree that their generation failed the younger generation by spoiling them.

  • Deerinwater

    Hmm ? , not one of his best moment I suspect. ~

    The future King is out there without any PR agent ~

    Be mindful, ~ it could get real for Harry very fast. ~ He is growing up ~ slowly ! and you can expect more of this unfiltered dialogue in the months to come ~

    I hope he makes it through.

    I’d rather see him doing this ~ than spreading mulch in the Royal Tulip garden and preying on local girls.

    He is around real people and not the pompous and pageantry of royal life in the Shire.

    • momo

      He can only be the future king if William abdicates or dies.

  • Casey

    This short article does no one any justice. The context of the narrative would probably change the thrust of the interview. We should all be wary of concluding anything form such a short blog. Such is the nature of internet news.

  • Chester

    From what I heard, seems he compared using the weapons in his helicopter to using the weapons in a video game. That is a bit different than what so many have said, that he claimed killing Taliban was like playing a game.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Video games are not the problem as they train the eyes, reflexes, etc., they are actually great training for the soldiers and marines. My three sons trained on video games with no problems and they came in quite handy on active duty.

  • ibcamn

    leave the man alone,i actually have respect for this royal!he’s fighting for his country and you bitch about him playing games?go eat the crust from your underwear and leave him alone,besides this man is living a dream most men would like to have,money woman and now respect!he’s the only down to earth royal and will no dought make a great king(prince) when needed to!he has his feet planted on the ground and is living life the way he see’s fit!

    • rangerhall

      The problem with the world is people like you, But you are right people will make him out to be a hero, Amd most likely he will be in charge some day and he put peoples lives in danger, And he will treat it like a game. like our politicians treat war as a game. the game should be called How to be rich and powerful at the peoples expence.
      And leave it up to the british people for supporting these so called royal family, None of these people have worked a day in their hole lives and never will.
      Oh and his whole unit is required to protect him, so he does not get hurt, if he did his whole unit would be punished.

  • jopa

    Prince Harry grew up in a differant world than most of us and his outlooks on human life and the world in general may be totally differant than mine and yours.Mutt Romney was in the same boat and we should all be grateful he lost.

  • rangerhall

    well what else could you expect from this person, his father is the same.
    The best quote came from taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, And most likely a few more Americans and maybe others will pay for his stupid Talk, As has happened in the past when our people have done the same thing.
    Eddie, this is prob. the best comment you have ever made.
    when the people of the world start caring about living instead of dieing , then there could be a more peaceful world, But as long as we have people like the ??? prince we can see the path that awaits us.

  • 45caliber

    Actually video games is like taking lives. That’s one reason the miltary no longer needs to train soldiers to kill. They already do it hours a week on video games until now they can kill and can compare it to the games.

  • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

    No it SHOWS what Psychopaths the British Royal Family IS and HAS ALWAYS been


    In Orson Scott Card’s science-fiction novel Ender’s Game (New York: Tor Books, 1985), a group of kids playing video games discover they are actually being used by the military to fight real wars. What’s actually happening is this: video games are being trained by kids to fight wars. Virtual combat as a recruitment tool comes next. Strafing villages as online entertainment will follow.
    The US Army’s Web site will offer more interactive gizmos including video games, to attract teens’ attention sagging enlistment efforts aid.

    The military trained troops for decades with video games: it taught an entire generation to fight. In partnership with the public sector, the military/video gaming industry nurtured a cyber-savvy warrior generation.

    Dubbed the Military-Nintendo Complex by John Naisbitt in High Tech, High Touch (New York: Broadway Books, 1999), the suspected link between >the Pentagon and video arcades has long been a hobgobblin of liberal anxiety. Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial Complex morphed into a Military-Entertainment Complex (McKenzie Wark).

    Col. John Alexander’s Project JEDI (1984) used Neuro-Linguistic Programming and creative visualisation techniques; today, virtual simulations and scenario generators are commandeered to enhance the art of keeping war at your fingertips. Like arms merchants, the military also unleashed simulated warfare into the mainstream.

    Game designers frequently receive Pentagon funding and other assistance to create and promote such entertainment. Since turning Doom into Marine Doom, the Marine Corps Combat and Development Command (Quantico, Va.) has “evaluated more than 20 commercially available electronic games for their potential use as training tools for marines.” Atari’s 1980s game BattleZone was made for the US military, and used as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle training simulator, one of the US arsenals’ best anti-personnel devices. MAK Technologies (Cambridge, Mass.) won a 1997 Department of Defense contract to create Marine Exed Unit 2000, an amphibious assault game intended for both military and commercial markets. Interactive Magic (iMagic Labs), maker of the flight simulation game Carrier Strike Fighter, was given permission to roam the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to film videos to ensure accurate visuals and a realistic feel.

    What gets a spy hanged for espionage will only get a video game designer’s name on the military’s mailing list for upcoming events.

    Each year the US government hosted Connections Conference war game designers and developers for a smooze. “Attendees include personnel of the Defense Intelligence Agency and game companies like GT Interactive,” Naisbitt states. “Conference agendas have included such topics as ‘Wargaming Design Fundamentals’ and ‘Department of Defense Wargaming 101.’ ”

    Well-meaning efforts to curb violent multimedia pale in comparison to designers’ efforts keep raising the bar on pixilated mayhem. Raven Software and Activision-released Soldier of Fortune, a first-person shooter that “stands out for its unmatched level of violence.”

    If stimulating dormant aggressive DNA is id Software’s goal, they should have received a lifetime achievement award by now. The company is promising a Doom follow-up; its prequel Wolfenstein 3-D has been clinically tested for increasing “aggressive tendencies.”

    It is a gross over-simplification that the Military-Nintendo Complex has an entire gamers population right where they want them. The US Army’s upgrade is a desperate attempt to draw out a technologically intoxicated society of youths too emotionally downloaded to enlist. Suburban super-strata will likely stay home for Armageddon – unless it can be played out online with a Playstation2 or Dreamcast device, leaving the upcoming generation in the bad neighborhoods to play for keeps, bricks-and-mortar style. The “digital divide” must make the Pentagon wonder if America’s underclass has the “nuts” and know-how for the one-click wars to come.

    -This was posted in 2001. The gaming-imdustry has come a long way since then.

    Stimulus Addiction


    America’s Army (AA) is a tactical multiplayer first-person shooter game owned by the U.S. government, financed through U.S. tax dollars and distributed free by the U.S. Army as a global public relations initiative to present a positive image of the current U.S. Army and help with U.S. Army recruitment.

    Released on July 4, 2002, America’s Army was developed by the MOVES Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and is based on the Unreal engine.

    America’s Army’s developers call the game a playable recruiting tool whose success led to further versions of the game and other games of the same genre being developed, such as Under Ash (Palestinians), Full Spectrum Warrior (U.S. Army), Kuma:War (Department of Defense), Special Force (Hizbullah), Close Combat: First to Fight (U.S. Marines), SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs (U.S. Navy) and USAF: Air Dominance (U.S. Airforce). Unlike America’s Army, which is freely downloadable, the other examples of similar games are sold. Critics have charged the game serves as a propaganda device.

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  • Elton Robb

    Video games — does anyone ever wonder if the video games are too realistic for our own good?

    • Franklyn Molina

      Answer: NO!

  • JustMC

    The very concept of royalty should disgust any decent human being. Until a ‘royal’ renounces his title and all its plunder, nothing he says should be viewed with anything but contempt.

  • http://yahoo Don

    i read an article this morning on the yahoo home page. the murderous taliban had a fit over harry’s statement about that it was like a video game shooting the enemy. how could a murderous bunch like them even say any thing. they kill innocent people with bombs in markets. noone bitches. they kill government officials. thats ok. they shot a innocent school girl who voice her opinion against them. hocan these murdering people say a word about someone killing them. these people seem to have much value for their lives or others. seems it will never end.

  • http://midcontent RRidge runner

    Go Harry for hunting and taking these pervert sand rats out, the muslim freaks are always souting BS about killing Christians and getting a pass from thedemocrap media, even when a reporter was gang raped. Shows how concernedd the media is when bumps in the road of like happen, noticed the hag Hillary never would answer but screeched and turned the faux tears , when the dead were returned. It wasn’t a few pedophile worshippers, out for a walk, as the muslim marxist and the socialist/communist hag claim. Mention muslims the spawn from old testaments qualsome wild ass fame.

    • ibcamn

      that’s what i’m saying,he’s the only royal i like!

  • Mason

    Being 27, I grew up with video games. I played everything from Mario, Mortal Kombat, NCAA Football, Metal Gear Solid, up to Halo, Call of Duty, and Wii Sports. There are plenty of people like me who grew up understanding that video games are fantasy, not real, and this was helped by our parents being there to teach us such things.

    I also grew up playing football, and hitting people on a daily basis should’ve made me more violent than video games, but it didn’t. This is because it’s an accepted game, and people know this, and it isn’t seen as causing our children to grow up violent.

    The difference is that people want a scapegoat for everything. Somebody always has to be at fault, and making the world this black and white isn’t healthy. Video games are just that, games. Movies are fantasy, books (fiction) are fantasy, just about any media can be tied to fantasy. Yet, when something bad happens, let’s blame media. The hypocrisy of this is that this website is a media outlet, and much of what is written on this site can be used in the wrong way.

    I went halfway through a psychology degree, and learned quite a bit, and one thing that sticks in my head, is that most people that commit crimes such as murder and the like, are always found to have bad childhoods. Everything extends to how you were raised when younger. You beat a child as they grow, they will become violent, even if they don’t play video games or watch violent movies, and the ones that do usually fall into a fantasy world of their own to combat the treatment they receive. Most children that grow up in healthy families, and environments will turn out okay. And now that I’m a parent, all I think about is what I can do to help my child grow up right, and keep them in good company.

    As for Prince Harry, come one, he has a track record of doing and saying stupid things. I would say growing up as the younger child without a mother there to raise you, and you have a weird father, all leads to a person saying or doing things for attention, like most narcissist personalities. I don’t exactly dismiss this, but he’s an idiot.

    Give my generation some credit, and don’t jump to the conclusion that we are all messed up. We aren’t, and it offends me when the older generations scoff at us. Guess what, we’re the future, so help us be better.

    • H Stan Boring PHC USN Ret

      I.m glad you turned out OK, Mason. I saw the comment Harry made, and, while it caused a few gulps about how it would be (and has been) taken, he was describing the mechanics of operating his Apache being similar to playing a game; it is. He also commented about the aims of those he killed. He’s an OK guy, for a younger brother. Chief Boring






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