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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes" 446

An anonymous reader writes "During the latest presidential debate, Xbox 360 owners were being polled live, as the debate was progressing, on a number of different questions, and asked to answer 'Yes,' 'No,' or 'Don't Know' using their gamepad. Out of these questions, one particular question produced a surprising result: Xbox 360 owners were asked 'Do you support more use of drone aircraft to attack suspected terrorists?' 20% answered this question with 'No'. 8% answered 'Don't know.' And a whopping 72% answered the question 'Yes.' This raises an interesting question in and of itself: Is the average Xbox 360 player at all aware that drone strikes in countries like Pakistan cause a serious number of civilian deaths on a regular basis? Or do Xbox 360 gamers live in a parallel, game-inspired universe, where a real world 'Drone Strike' is something seriously cool, just like it is cool to use it in popular games like Call of Duty? In other words, does playing simulated war games like COD on a game console on a daily basis, and enjoying these games, cause gamers to become blinkered to the at times seriously dire real world consequences of using military tactics like drone strikes for real?"
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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

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  • by puddingebola ( 2036796 ) on Thursday October 25, 2012 @11:04AM (#41764849) Journal
    XBOX Live is pleased to offer a new real time, real world game, "Drone Strike." In an innovative and wonderful new partnership with the Pentagon and US Military, gamers will now be able to pilot real drones on real actual strikes, killing real actual people. The first game of its kind, now you can help your country by helping the Pentagon cut costs through outsourcing, and experience the thrill of remote controlled combat at the same time. Only $9.99 on XBOX Live.
  • Re:Or... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 25, 2012 @11:20AM (#41765151)

    Yes, yes, it's all racism and you are so pure and caring. Could you shit out a rainbow for us this fine morning?

  • by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Thursday October 25, 2012 @11:28AM (#41765291)

    Use the left and right triggers and put the answers on the far left and right sides of the screen.

    At the end of the debate, you get a Paragon or Renegade score, and Tali'Zorah vas Normandy does a strip tease for Paragons.

    The Renegades get Grunt. Unless you saved Wrex.

    Nah, just shittin' ya. You choices don't matter in this election!

  • Re:Or... (Score:5, Funny)

    by BakaHoushi ( 786009 ) <Goss DOT Sean AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday October 25, 2012 @01:11PM (#41767233) Homepage

    I'd be kind of interested to see a poll to test this idea that at least 2/3 of Americans would be for anything used on suspected terrorists.

    "Do you support training Olympic athletes to hurl javelins (the spear not the missle) long range at suspected terrorists?"
    "Do you support training an army of suicide bombers to pre-bomb suspected terrorists?"
    "Do you support cutting off parts of countries that harbor suspected terrorists and floating them out to sea?"
    "Do you support opening a transdimensional portal to the Realm of the Dark Ones to place suspected terrorists?"

    I'd like to know just how outlandish you'd need to go before support dropped.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"