Sniping is a key part of gaming. Whether you're playing Call of Duty or Team Fortress, you're often either being sniped or doing the sniping. It's become such a common game feature that it's easy to forget real people are doing real sniping in the armed forces. Like Chris Kyle.
Between 1999 and 2009, the Chief Petty Officer served as a Navy SEAL sniper, with 255 kills (160 have been Pentagon confirmed). This stat makes him America's most lethal sniper. As Fox 4 News pointed out, there was once a US$20,000 bounty on his head.
His colleagues called him "The Legend", Kyle once hit a target from 2,100 yards or 1.2 miles away. He also once hit Jesse Ventura.
In an interview with Bill O'Reily, who proclaimed that Kyle "liked" killing people, the serviceman said, "War is hell. Hollywood fantasizes about it and makes it look good. War sucks."
While many members of the U.S. military are huge gamers, there is a problem with how war is often depicted in video games.
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