From the Soldier side: One of my Army buddies had a great idea on Facebook about how to make war video games more real… some of us added on to his concept and this is some of what we came up with…
All the war videos pretty much have the players running or driving around and shooting up everything in sight. What they seem to forget is all that gear has to be prepped before the mission and there are lots of other things that go on each day in a modern war. So, our video game would have the player dealing with this:
1.) Prior to the mission, your team leader has to spend 4 or 5 hours writing up an OP ORDER .With attachments using every software program Microsoft Office has- Power Point, Excel, Word and solitaire.
2.) Your teams drivers have to do PMCS on the vehicles. This typically takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the age, miles and type of vehicle you are assigned.
3.) Your assistant has to check out and PMCS the SINGARS RADIO .This includes checking the attachments like the handsets and antennas that are the same ones that have been used since before the Viet Nam war.
4.) You will personally check out the BLUE FORCE TRACKER because as the truck commander you seem to be the only one who knows how to use it.
5.) The Lead Vehicle Gunner has to strip, clean and oil her M249 SAW to make sure it will fire The rear vehicle gunner will do the same to his M2 FIFTY CAL (yep, it’s the same gun your great grand pa used in WWII.
6.) After this is all done, the battalion Sergeant Major wants all soldiers to conduct an area police call because he found a scrap of paper outside his nice air conditioned office.
7.) After the police call, everybody has to have a weapons safety class because one of the office REMF officer had another negligent discharge with his M9 9 MIL this is the third one this month, but so far nobody has been injured, however, several people have been awarded the CAB COMBAT ACTION BADGE . due to the close calls and crapping their DCUs due to the loud noise.
8.) After all of this, you and your team have a chance to go to the camp PX . to pick up badly needed soap, deodorant, foot powder, Gatorade, chew and other items, but when you get there, the REMFs have already bought everything in stock and you leave with a DVD of the Partridge Family because that’s all they had.
After the PX, you return to the office and attempt to write reports for what your team did that day, however, the software sucks and you can’t get on line to the website where you need to enter the information…so you wait until midnight, and then it works.
Get up the next day at 0500 hours, go to the mess hall and inhale your food, run back to the office and load up your truck and wonder why even though everything was checked and ready to go last night, now the truck won’t start.
When you finally get out the gate, you drive for hours in the 130 degree heat, get shot at but never see the shooter and come back to camp and repeat the above…do this 7 days a week.
CI Roller Dude says: You can't have an adventure without some part of it sucking!