First a bit of sadness.Doubtless it has not escaped you attention that Donald Featherstone has passed away.
I had a couple of conversations with him in the early 1990s- I remember he complimented my 25mm Napoleonics ! and we discussed books on 18th century India.
Whilst I've never been one for heroe worship of any kind there is little doubt that Don gave the hobby a massive boost and set it on the commercial path with his books in the 60s..
His books certainly set me on the path.
Like most of his generation he had served in WW2- largely in Italy and in our conversations I never got the impression he had any problems with the "morality" of our hobby - not that it ever came up directly but even in old age he still had a "taste for the game" as it were..
Rest In Peace.
So think about it dudes . If chaps like Don- who has "seen the Elephant" have no problems with this hobby- and a goodly number of other soldiers - both past and present don't either (and at least one Marine of my aquaintance -can't call him a Soldier!! ) then why should we.
The recent spate of agonising over the"morality" of our hobby reminds me of the 80s - I had more than one brush with the peacniks who were mostly badly informed fools who opined that if there were no soldiers there would be no wars apparently Soldiers make Wars - the less said about THAT piece of Twaddle the better.
They seemed to have much the same attitude to battle as the Victorians did to sex
"Look Away dear it's not happening " (quick nip round the back door ....)
In a way this is exactly the same as political Morality
Ministers of the Crown are quite capable of looking away when it suits them . After all there is no morality in politics there is only power and its use and abuse .Politicians of all colours are good at telling us how we should behave but often dammed if they will behave that way themselves.
So when it comes to our harmless little hobby I don't give a monkeys what someone else will or won't do or does or does not find offensive as I find none of it bad enough to really get steamed up about. But for the record there are bits I find a tad distasteful.- in no particular order.
WW1 Western Front- don't play that wholesale slaughter.
I don't use SS or flamethrowers in WW2 games- indeed I'm fairly picky about WW2
I find the darker side of Games Workshop quite disturbing- I'm finding out about this from a relative and it seems that teenage boys- and some older seem obsessed with cruelty and torture. There are no "good guys" in the 40K dystopia
This is very very odd as when I was their age I was obsessed with knockers , kachungas, berdooblies in other words crumpet!
GW has a lot to answer for....
When it comes to modern games- these are the nearest I get to fictional countriesand I tend to treat them in much the same way a modern techno-thriller writer would- get the tech right but the plots are fiction.
Indeed other than refights that pretty much sums up most of my games.
Not that I'm playing much at the moment far too busy...