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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone 419

Z00L00K sends this excerpt from The Local: A Swedish father has come under fire for taking his two sons on a trip to Israel, the West Bank and occupied Syria in order to teach them the reality of war. [Carl-Magnus Helgegren is] a journalist, university teacher, and proactive dad. And like so many other dads, Helgegren had to have the violent video-game conversation with his two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11 respectively. "We were sitting at the dinner table last autumn, and my kids started telling me about this game they wanted to play, the latest Call of Duty game, and told me about the guns and missions," Helgegren told The Local on Friday. So Helgegren struck a deal. The family would take a trip to a city impacted by real war. The boys would meet people affected, do interviews, and visit a refugee camp. And when they came back home, they would be free to play whatever games they chose.
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  • Wow (Score:3, Informative)

    by kamapuaa ( 555446 ) on Friday August 15, 2014 @01:47PM (#47679361) Homepage

    Uhhm, OK, uhhh...I'm sorry, why is this on Slashdot?

  • by tippe ( 1136385 ) on Friday August 15, 2014 @02:28PM (#47679809)

    Not sure if the one you watched was "WWII in Colour" (by the History channel) on Netflix or not, but I watched that one and it was absolutely amazing, both in terms of its content, as well as the video production. Some of the film clips were still of poor quality even after restoration, (IIRC, a lot of clips they would have gotten from Russian archives were really bad), but in general the quality was phenomenal, all things concerned. You can also watch it for free online [], apparently. Definitely worth your time, and I also plan on (re) watching this with my kids when they get a little older, too.

  • by un1nsp1red ( 2503532 ) on Friday August 15, 2014 @02:47PM (#47680041) Homepage

    And when they came back home, they would be free to play whatever games they chose.

    Couldn't make it to the last sentence of TFS, eh?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 15, 2014 @08:28PM (#47682463)

    I was 5 years old during the Yugoslav war right smack mid on the border of Croatia and Serbia. I was exposed to the worst of humanity pretty early in my life and seeing blood, bullets and explosions first hand. I can tell beyond a shred of doubt war has changed me completely, and above all shaped the person I am today. War hasn't impacted my mind negatively in any way, it actually was a eye opener for me and made me be kinder to my fellow man. Hate or anything in-between is not in my vocabularly, it just doesn't exist, even for our then enemies the serbs, I just felt pity for them because they never understood what they destroyed until it was all lost.

Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.