So, I play a few Facebook games. I’m a nerd, so they’re $100,000 Pyramid, this word game called Picturiffic and Family Feud. There’s sometimes this opportunity to get “Facebook Credits” if you watch commercials. Sometimes you need them to “buy” an episode or whatever. Normally, you need so many of them that the incremental one credit you get for watching a commercial seems silly, but most of the time they’re only 30 seconds long and I can just do something else on the computer for that time.
However, I occasionally run into this one commercial that is 2 minutes long. And from the very first time I saw it, I was shocked and offended. I’ve posted it at the bottom. It’s for a thing called the Halo Living Monument. While I’m not exactly sure what this means/entails, I know that Halo is a first-person shooter video game. I also know that many people get completely hooked on these games and spend a lot of their time with them. I also know, however, that they are NOT real in any way and that the commercial/trailer for this thing … whatever it is, seems pretty ridiculous given that if you’ve chosen to spend days/weeks/months/years? of your life on a video game, then that’s on you. There doesn’t need to be a “living monument” to those hours wasted. It’s not a real “war.”
The fake military dude in the commercial is giving a speech that, save for vague references to maybe some other planets/alien life, could be given about all the men/women serving in our current military/for our current wars. It just seems in poor taste to have a living monument to people wasting time on a video game when there are real people losing life and limb in a real war and ending up on real monuments every day. I had a real bad taste in my mouth after seeing it. You can disconnect if you want to, but let’s not forget the people who have disconnected from their families and may be permanently disconnected from everything in the name of … I don’t know what. Love of their country, trying to get an education, fighting for something they *do* believe in.
Let’s not make silly trailers worshiping fake war and fake soldiers and wasting countless hours shooting fake people and then honoring them with fake monuments. It’s just gross.