Tuesday, August 09, 2005

America's Army


Was reading this months issue of Cosmos and saw something on America's Army, seeing that this weeks lecture is on video games i thought i might as well mention it on here. Anyway the game has been created by the U.S.Army in order to recruit people, you can download it for free from the homepage. Just thought it was interesting that the army was using computer games as a method to recruit people, and the possible implications of the game itself, for example soldiers treating real life warfare like a game, or being unable to distinguish between the differences of virtual warfare and real life warfare. You don't get to reload if you die out in Iraq.

5 Comments:

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Chen Yang said...

correct me if i am wrong, i think the German Military uses Battle field as an vertual training on the field. Also the chinese police force uses conter strike to manipulate the sceen of am hostile situtation, quite funny articals i read from the Foreign newspaper.

 
At 4:59 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

I cant help but post links to these. You'll probably need to copy/paste them, but there we go.

A news discussion about the Americas Army game:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/news.php?date=2002-06-05

And a comic by the same crowd in response to their discussion:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php?date=2002-06-05&res=l

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Vasya said...

That is such olf news.
AA was built on the back of a game called Operation Flashpoint. made by Codemasters. That was in turn built of a training tool the US army had.
AA is just a sexed up version that has more shooting and less boring tactics, not to mention you have bushy graphics and nice sound. But it's just a rework thats not a new idea at all.

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

Vasya, why is the fact that this is old news relevant?

The information is only old if you've encountered it before, and it's entirely possible that few people in the class have heard of the idea.

 
At 11:45 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

Yeah i saw it about a year ago but thought i would post a link to it anyway because i thought it was an interesting game thats all :)

 

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