In U.S. & Down Under, Military Uses Game Tech to Recruit

Military recruits are primarily young men, so it should be no surprise that the armed forces are using game tech to reach out to potential enlistees.

Kotaku reports that first-person shooter America’s Army, hugely popular as a freebie on PC,┬áis heading to coin-op:

America’s Army for arcades will focus less on the shooting of terrorists or insurgents and will instead consist of a series of eight mini-games that emulate real-life Army training exercises… The game is assumed to be built on the PC version of America’s Army which also runs on the Unreal Engine.

Console versions of AA also appeared in 2006.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald┬áreports Australian Defence Force recruitment has gone the gaming route as well with last week’s launch of an online gaming portal and a podcast detailing what it’s like to be a trainee:

Extreme Battleships, Supreme Air Combat, and Operation Tiger are just three of the online games developed by the ADF, where players can chalk up victories… and progress upward through the military ranks.

The ADF games, designed to appeal to casual gamers seeking a quick, arcade-type experience, have now been combined on a single portal where players can choose between five different games in both multiplayer and single player formats, and create their own avatar.

Since the recent launch, the ADF reported 25,000 visits. An earlier game, Extreme Battleships, received 1.03 million visitors since September while Supreme Air Combat has attracted attracted more than 300,000 since March.

Using games for military recruitment, of course, has been somewhat of a controversial topic, but it seems to be an effective tool for attracting young people to the armed forces.

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    div says:

    I m really game freak.One of my friend told me about the site which got lots of arcade games .It brought back beyond memories.I really enjoyed specially playing action arcade games , so i thought to share it .I know gamelovers will love it .

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    finaleve ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It’s honestly a waste of time. Though I might play AA at the arcades just to see how bad it can be.

    But it’s hopeless endeavor they are making.

    And here’s a thought. Notive how the actual government doesn’t say anything about gaming and what not? Maybe its because of stuff like AA that hold them back so they are capable of producing more soldiers…

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    Ben Ambroso ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    See, this is why I hate how the Army does their stuff. They are so far behind on quotas that they are trying to get anyone they can, regardless of whom.

    I’ve been a Marine for 4 years, and I can tell you that the Marines I work with weren’t just any average guy off the street that picked up a game, played it, and said “this looks like fun!”. The Army keeps trying and trying by advertising these things that most people don’t even get to do, sadly. I personally know 3 soldiers that joined the Army to go over to Iraq and fight after playing America’s Army. One was sent to work with vehicles (motor transportation) and not even overseas, one is an admin clerk, and one works in a supplies warehouse. It isn’t so much the propaganda as it is false hope, really…

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    gs2005 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The Army may use this, but the Coast Guard and Navy aren’t doing video game-based idea planting…and it’s not exactly on the table anytime soon either from DOD conferences I have been to in the last year.

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    FoxmanZEO says:

    I don’t mind the ‘Army Navy Air-force’ (Aus.) campaign, it doesn’t go much further than saturating the country with information about the military.
    ‘Extreme Battleships’ is pretty fun, the most high-tech’ and entertaining (free) battleship clone I’ve seen to date. Haven’t seen hide nor hair of the other’s though.

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