Do you enjoy sniper games? It is OK to admit it, you are amongst friends here. You see sniper games are one of a gamers little secrets. Society tells you that being a sniper is a dirty and underhanded way to conduct yourself in battle, but out on the battlefield anything goes. You do what needs to be done to succeed and if that means laying in wait to ambush your enemy then so be it.
In online games players dislike sniper tactics, claiming that "camping" as it is often called is somehow unfair. Surely it is up to an individual player how do they choose to play a game, or fight a war? Modern battlefield games are almost exclusively aimed at small squad tactics and this is fine as far as it goes. It is just that small unit tactics should also extend to sniper and spotter teams and not just a 4 or 8 man squad; with some goon carrying a squad support machine gun. No, let's do things with a little finesse.
Ever since the phrase "One shot. One kill." was popularized some players have been drawn to games that give them an opportunity to emulate this philosophy on a virtual battlefield. This stands in sharp contrast to historical battlefields like Vietnam where the estimated number of rounds fired per enemy killed numbers into many thousands. No, that is not our way. Our way requires patience and accuracy, not the expenditure of enough brass to remake the Liberty Bell.
Thankfully games designers are beginning to appreciate the world of the sniper. Artificial intelligence is making it possible to have an NPC spotter that does not get you seen and killed and will not aimlessly blaze away on full auto as soon as you are spotted. One of the PC games due for release later this year that should put these recent advances into action is Sniper: Ghost Warrior. It promises true bullet physics and much more besides. I almost feel the urge to reach for my ghillie suit and camp out to wait for its release … almost!
2010 could signal the advent of a new type of military game for the PC and other platforms. It all depends on the success or failure of this one new game. If it is a roaring success then no doubt other games design houses will make their own releases in time and the world of sniper games on the PC will flourish. Lets hope that it does.