The U.S. Army has removed a combat simulator from its display tent at Wisconsin’s Summerfest music festival following complaints that the exhibit glorified war.
As reported by Milwaukee’s Fox-6, the original display, which allowed players to sit in a HumVee and fire simulated weapons at realistic human combatants, has been replaced by one in which players shoot at inanimate targets.
Protests over the Army display began with a pair of groups, Veterans for Peace and Peace Action Wisconsin. Julie Enslow, a spokesperson for Peace Action Wisconsin, told Fox-6:
[War] is not a game… and it should not be presented as such. Especially at Summerfest.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more:
Under the combat scenario initially presented in the game, fest-goers as young as 13 could hop into a Humvee simulator and fire machine guns at near life-size human likenesses on a computer screen.
According to a description of the game on the Army’s Web site, an Army ground task force attempts to rescue trapped aid workers and refugees in the imaginary city of “Nradreg” from a “well-armed genocidal faction.”