Friday, August 8, 2008
An anti-war group protested the offices of video game maker Ubisoft in San Francisco yesterday to bring attention to the company’s ongoing work with the U.S. Army on “America’s Army”, a video game that has been developed specifically to increase the number of Army recruits.
In the absence of a military draft the Army has turned to technological propaganda to meet it’s recruitment targets.
The game immerses players in basic training before they can go on to play specialized combat roles. Players travel through Middle East settings using weapons that replicate those used by the US army.
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The United States Army and the Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Institute has stated of the game that “The Department of Defense want[ed] to double the number of Special Forces Soldiers, so essential did they prove in Afghanistan and northern Iraq; consequently, orders … trickled down the chain of command and found application in the current release of ‘America’s Army.’”
This article was posted: Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:31 am