A few years back I blogged about an AC-130 gunship video. You can watch it on Youtube now, it's a creepy but fascinating live view of soldiers in a gunship killing people on the ground in Afghanistan. At the time, it struck me how much this real war video was like a video game.
Now we've come full circle; that war video has been made into a video game level in Call of Duty 4. Same visuals, same basic setup of bombing people on the ground but avoiding a church, even some of the same color dialog. The game's a little harder; you have to avoid hitting your own people as well as the church. But the effect is quite similar. And creepy.