Sunday, March 13, 2005

Gamers No Good For Warfare?

(From ICv2)
The Israeli Website Ynet has published an article by Hanan Greenberg that details the Israeli Defense Force's discrimination against recruits who admit to playing Dungeons & Dragons. According to the IDF, D&D players are "detached from reality and susceptible to influence," so the IDF prevents fantasy gamers from being considered for sensitive posts by only giving them a low security clearance. Greenberg quotes an IDF official as saying, "These people (gamers) have a tendency to be influenced by external factors which could cloud their judgment. They may be detached from reality or have a weak personality -- elements which lower a person's security clearance, allowing them to serve in the army, but not in sensitive positions."

Perhaps they're afraid of rules-lawyers questioning the range of the weapons or crying in disbelief that "No! The rulebook states that I get a leave this weekend!"
I guess even drill sergeants can meet their match...

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