Author Archives: Steve Peacock

The Prince of Oxford

Years and years ago, more than half my life at this point, I spent a year living in the Middle East.  I was looking at the world through the eyes of a child uprooted from everything he knew and understood, dropped into a country not only foreign but completely alien.  I didn’t understand the first thing about Islam, I didn’t even really understand Christianity or how it had affected the development of the Western world, and now I was placed inside a country that didn’t even have what few markers I could place. I was ignorant and I was scared. …

War Never Changes: Why I like playing the American Supersoldier

It probably wouldn’t be a stretch right now to claim that more people have played an electronic version of the Omaha beach landings than were actually there. Especially seeing as the series of games in which these landings have appeared at least twice has itself gone on longer than the war it is based upon. As time has gone on, there’s been a group of gamers demanding that war games be more realistic, and this had led to games like Armed Assault 2 (which would seemingly fulfil this wish if it bothered to work properly) and the upcoming Operation Flashpoint:…