If you’re a big fan of Call of Duty, you may wonder how similar the game is to real life combat. While there’s obviously a big emotional gap between playing a game and fighting on the field, you may be interested in checking out some of the real war footage captured by soldiers on the field and posted over at FUNKER530 on YouTube. On this channel you can view footage captured by helmet cameras of real fighters as they participate in gun fights, set off missiles, and so on.
Perhaps the most obvious difference between the footage and the game is how seldom the soldiers in the videos seem to be face to face with their enemies. Gamers may complain about campers in Call of Duty, but in real life, it’s competence more than “bravery” that is rewarded. Indeed, bravery on the battlefield in real life is much different than bravery on a screen. There’s nothing cowardly about taking a tactical position with plenty of cover. It’s just smart and rational. Although it’s probably also relevant that the footage on the YouTube channel is among the less graphic war footage that could have been posted.
What will be familiar to you is a lot of running around, ducking, and firing. The view point of a soldier from a helmet camera is very similar to the actual FPS viewpoint that you see on your monitor when you play a game like Call of Duty. Some of the tone may be oddly familiar to you as well; many of these soldiers are young guys who react similarly to their kills in real life to players in COD. While this might seem blithe and strange at first, consider that it’s probably quite the opposite. It’s not that these soldiers are disaffected—they’re just trying to cope with what’s going on around them. These videos give you rare insight and a point of view which you almost never see, and it’s definitely something to check out if you’re interested in finding out what real-life combat is like.
Call of Duty is one of the most popular modern combat FPS franchises of all time, though it has many competitors including the Battlefield and Medal of Honor series which also take place in modern and historical times. While games like these are good fun, they also have stirred a lot of interest in real life combat in many of their players. The next Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2, will be coming out on the 13th of November. The Care Package Prestige Edition of the game has already sold out, but there are still limited Hardened Edition copies left, and the standard edition of the game is also now available for pre-order. Black Ops 2 will depart from the modern warfare setting and take players into a near-future setting in the year 2025, but will continue to draw from the same “modern warfare” groundwork as previous installments.