- The former customer service worker, 24. He said that playing first-person shooter games including Call of Duty helped him for combat.
- He added that he learned basic combat skills and knowledge of weapons from games.
- Duttenhofer arrived in Syria in April 2017, where he was taught basic Kurdish language.
- He later joined a sniper group in Raqqa, and provided backup for other troops.
- He left Syria in October 2017 after the tragic death of his comrade, Jack Homes.
John Duttenhofer says –
Playing first-person shooter games for up to 13 hours a day gave him an understanding of weapons and taught him basic combat skills.
The 24-year-old traveled to Syria in April to take up arms with the Kurds after ditching his job in customer service at a software company.
John’s Homecoming and what next ….
Speaking for the first time since he returned to Colorado on February 12 —
He told how he whiled away his days in Syria playing Dungeons – Dragons, reading and chatting with friends.
By the night, he went deep into the city with an AK47 alongside a sniper unit of Kurdish soldiers. Since, they occupied empty buildings and shot at ISIS fighters in a bid to advance.
While the State Department strongly advises against Americans traveling to Syria, there are no legal consequences to volunteering to fight ISIS with Kurdish and Syrian militias.
Some of John’s views:
Finding himself entering the battlefield with an AK47, Duttenhofer said his experience of playing video games really proved invaluable.
John Duttenhofer said that war-reenactment games like Call of Duty taught him practical skills which he used to survive and meant he was already familiar with weapons.
“Video games prepared me in a way for knowing strategies and how not to get killed, like how to use cover and not to stand in the open,” he said.
“They weren’t something I picked up because I was going out there to fight, but as a kid I played every day after school. I could sit down and put 13 hours in like it was nothing.”
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