It’s quite possible that shooters reveal that somewhere inside every human being is a shadow human being, one who kills and takes and does what he or she pleases. A lot of people who love shooters play them, they say, “to blow off steam.” That’s not why I play shooters. I play shooters because I like the pressure, the pressure of learning what to pay attention to in a realm where the ordinary governances of human behavior have been lifted. I like shooters, I suspect, for the same reason I used to like doing hard drugs. They allow my shadow self to emerge and play. For me, shooters aren’t about blowing off steam. They’re about taking in steam.
Wish I could write like Tom Bissell; can’t write like Tom Bissell; would settle for some of the hard drugs.