I’d say they’d watched too many movies, not playing too many games. If only for the fact that any real gamer knows you’re not really kicking ass until you get your hands on the shotgun.
I almost didn’t comment because I would hate to look like I’m making light of a serious topic. But even if it looks like an attempt at humor, it is true. I’ve not been to war, but I see the undeniable logic in what you wrote, because I played too many games. Not despite of it.