Another Protest Planned for Army’s Video Game Recruitment Center

In May, GamePolitics provided live coverage of a protest march against the Army Experience Center in Philadelphia. The high-tech recruitment facility employs fast gaming PCs and Xbox 360s as a means of attracting potential recruits.

Seven demonstrators were arrested at the May protest.

It now appears that a second protest at the Army Experience Center is in the planning stages. Details of an action scheduled for September 12th are posted at Shut Down the Army Experience Center.

While the May protest appeared to be coordinated with local authorities, who escorted demonstrators along their line of march, the upcoming event looks to have a more chaotic flavor. From the protest website:

This time, demonstrators are being encouraged to form small affinity groups and enter the mall through one of several locations. Protesters are encouraged to express their outrage in creative, nonviolent ways.
At 2:00 pm people will come out of the woodwork and converge on the Army Experience Center.  Organizers feel it may not be wise for participants to congregate into large groups before the demonstration or wear clothing that would suggest participation in the protest… 

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    Hey, maybe the DNC, Obama’s cultish followers, and ACORN could organize a counter counter protests and call it ‘grassroots’.

    Oh, and by the way; it doesn’t matter if only 4 people show up to a town hall meeting to protest.  What matters is when everyone else in the room seems to agree with you.

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    Conster says:

    I’m sure Fox News would be more than happy to organize "grassroots" protests supporting the military, then exaggerate the amount of people showing up. Then The Daily Show will make fun of them, and I’ll be entertained instead of annoyed by the US. This sounds like a pretty good idea. Everybody wins, really.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    What critics of the protesters fail to realise (apart from all the other legitimate grievances the protesters have) is that Philadelphia is about the worst place anyone could ever think of to put a pro-military center.  Philadelphia has a long history of being the centre of the anti-war movement, what with the fact that it was the capital of the only state in the world ever to renounce militarism.  The fact that you don’t know that indicates just how out of touch you are on these issues.

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    They’re protesting a center that does basically the same thing that their children do everyday at home.  This center also doesn’t allow people under the age of  13 in, and I’ve been told they don’t allow anyone under 17 to use the ‘simulators’, which are basically rail games at best..  They’re also protesting a place that helps highschool dropouts get GEDs with NO STRINGS ATTACHED! 

    My God, what a terrible place.


    The computers and XBOXs at the AEC run the same games that we play everyday.  These people don’t really have much of a leg to stand on; the AEC is basically there to generate some interest like very other recruitment center.  The main difference is that not everyone at the AEC is a soldier; many are civilians or family of soldiers.

    Why are they idiots?  Because they’re protesting on an already shaky premise, and then THEY FEEL THE NEED TO REPEATEDLY LIE about their protests and other issues.  I’ve always believed when all you could do was lie or inflame to make a point (like Jesse Jackson), you didn’t have much of a point to start with.

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    DarkSaber says:

    "The fact that he’s in the majority doesn’t make him right."

    Agreed. But the fact that I agree with him does.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    The fact that he’s in the majority doesn’t make him right.  Heck, we just had eight years of conservative rule that should have proved to anyone without a doubt that conservative ideals are bad for the country, but most folks have a convenient myopia when it comes to their favoured political philosophy.

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    DarkSaber says:

    Eyes down sonny jim, he’s not exactly in the minority here.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Wormdundee says:

    Seems a bit silly though. I mean, it’s pretty straightforward in my eyes. If you join the military you will get shot at, be exposed to roadside bombs, have snipers in the hills, etc. Not exactly my definition of fun.

    I would think the dangers of the military would be pretty common sense.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    Yeah, judging by the recent ‘tea party’ protests, the conservatives have a real flair for getting out a hefty number of protesters.  I mean if by ‘twice the size’ you mean your group would be twice the weight of the anti-war protesters you might have a point.  But in terms of numbers you might have a problem.

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    MartyB says:

     I say we organise a protest, to protest against the protesters…


    That would be so funny, and imagine if we get a group twice the size that they have… lmfao

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    "I’ve said it once, others have said it, and I’ll say it again: If you don’t like the Army Center, we could always scrap those and go back to forced conscription."

    Yeah, because that REALLY worked the last time it was implemented.  Sure, we don’t really want all those college kids running our companies anyway.  Far better to  force the intellectuals to go to Canada and get all the dumbasses who sign up to get shot at while fighting the most useless wars to run GM. 

    And conscription always makes the military stronger, right?  I mean god forbid we should have people who WANT to be there fighting our battles for us.  Far better to have kids who are completely unmotivated.

    I mean, what could be the harm.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    Yeah, it’s basically pointless to protest anything related to the army. Protestors will spread some kind of stupid propeganda, and the army will retort with the usual "why do you hate us for protecting your freedoms" diatribe.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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    Wormdundee says:

    Eh, they were trying to get arrested that time. It’s a common tactic for protesters. Suckers always fall for the image of the ‘innocent protester’ being beaten down by cops. 

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    Saxy says:

    …Didn’t einstien say something like that?

    Anywho, yes, I believe "Come out of the woodwork" was exactly the same thing they said last time.

    It’s time for a replay of May.

    I’ve said it once, others have said it, and I’ll say it again: If you don’t like the Army Center, we could always scrap those and go back to forced conscription.

    … Also, september 12? That seems a little to close to another date to be protesting… I wonder if it’s coincedence, or if they’re trying to say someting?

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    SeanB says:

    This is the way the last one started too. I believe the "come out of the woodwork" idea was a direct quote from it as well.

    Give it 2 weeks and they’l decide to do the march again.

    "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, even when you know it wont work"

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    nightwng2000 says:

    Which is what they want, of course.

    That way, they can actually teach kids to disobey authority figures like the police and then to go around afterwards making false claims about what actually happened during this "protest".


    Isn’t teaching minors to disobey authority figures such as the police and how to lie to others bad?

    Maybe someone should serve one of those "criminal complaints" on THEM.  The complaint would be:

    Contributing To The Deliquency Of Minors.

    Sounds like an issue of "Moral Turpitude" can be brought against these so-called "Protestors".


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    BearDogg-X says:

    Don’t these brain-dead idiots have better things to "protest" against?

    I think there will be more arrests on Sept. 12th than there were in May.

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    Monte says:

     Well, the common belief is that army recruitment centers tend to glorify the military without doing enough to show possible recruits what being in the military is actually like (namely the negative aspects); not lying but still ill-informing…

    and then there’s the more hippie level of belief which delves down to the level "military is bad in every way or only exists to start wars"… or to go even further down to the conspriracy level of "brainwashing" or some shit like that… i think the protesters tend to be on the more hippie level; from what i recall reading from some of their posts the last time they did this.

    i think that the gist of it

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    gamadaya says:

    As soon as I saw this story, I knew that AL would have first post, and that he would be angry.


    Believe in something! Even if it’s wrong, believe in it!


    -Glenn Beck

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    Maybe some more of these idiots will get arrested.  Of course, then they’d lie about why it happened and how terrible their treatment in a holding cell was.


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    KN says:

    This protest is ineffective. they should just follow the people who work there around and give them very stern, grave looks.


    Eventually the realization that they are luring people into their deaths will set in.

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