'Shock and Awe' Games NPR's Laura Sydell reports on a video game made available online last December, Desert Combat. Based on the current conflict in Iraq, the game allows players to use the same military hardware available to U.S. troops overseas, and even gives Iraqis the option of carrying out suicide bombings. Some are pleased at this unique opportunity to "vent" about the war, but critics of the game are offended by this move to turn deadly conflict into entertainment.
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NPR's Laura Sydell reports on a video game made available online last December, Desert Combat. Based on the current conflict in Iraq, the game allows players to use the same military hardware available to U.S. troops overseas, and even gives Iraqis the option of carrying out suicide bombings. Some are pleased at this unique opportunity to "vent" about the war, but critics of the game are offended by this move to turn deadly conflict into entertainment.