The Retrograde Podcast – Call of Duty
It’s Call of Duty this week on The Retrograde!
Andrew and Mikey reload the classic World War 2 shooter that spawned a mega-franchise.
They also discuss the new heroes of Overwatch, and catch up on their progress in Red Dead Redemption 2!
“War is hell.”
These famous words spoken by William T Sherman during the American civil war were written for posterity but also as a warning. A warning for future war hungry generations who would think violence would solve all their problems.
Violence only contributed to Sherman’s problems as his Southern Union army would go on to lose the civil war to the North in their own version of King of the Hill.
Little did Sherman know that those famous words would also add a sense of perspective in an increasingly violent video game franchise. During an interstitial in what would come to be known as a genre changing entry into a World War 2 franchise, his words would hang on the screen as an ironic warning to the player as they thought about what went wrong and what got them killed.
Eventually though, those words ring hollow as the player would restart their level and go back into war to die, Over and Over Again.
Its no coincidence that George Santayana famous quote is often shown as well “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
But is this game still worth fighting for? Or should we simply remember to avoid it?
Find out this week, when Andrew and Mikey Retrograde: Call of Duty.