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America's Army - Development, Impact Analyzed 56

Posted by simoniker
from the glossy-brochure-du-jour dept.
Professor writes "The MOVES Institute's America's Army team has placed a booklet on the game's development and impact (PDF link) onto the web." The MOVES Institute is part of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and their page notes this booklet was "...developed for the America's Army exhibit [part of the Bang The Machine exhibition] at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Art Center... [and] tells you all you wanted to know about the philosophy, history, and implementation of the MOVES Institute's hit game." We've previously covered the reported recruiting success of America's Army.
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America's Army - Development, Impact Analyzed

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  • Winner of (Score:5, Funny)

    by Lemental (719730) on Saturday January 24, 2004 @03:11AM (#8073564)
    Penny Arcades Best Misappropriation of Tax Dollars Award.

    It says it in the pamphlet.

    Thats hilarious.
  • Having to remember tank designs in order to run covert ops training really got me thinking. I'd say this game oversteps the mark. Ok, the first aid training actually turned out to be handy (long story, involving blood) but identifying millitary vehicles?

    • makes sense to me. Covert ops has to know that stuff. Wouldn't be much of a challege if you just ran around and shot stuff, would it? Then'd it would just be a generic fps.

      And come on, is it really that difficult?
      now if you had to identify them by sound, that'd be a real challenge, heh.
  • I enjoy AA (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Mukaikubo (724906) <gtg430b@NOSPAm.prism.gatech.edu> on Saturday January 24, 2004 @08:10AM (#8074314) Journal
    I have no desire or plan to join the Army, but their game is quite fun. I just started playing yesterday (Always a late adopter), am up to 14 honor (Someone look me up- Tireos). I suck on most of the bigger maps, but get me on Swamp Assault, FLS Assault, or, wossname, the one where you protect the helicopter and I'm money.
  • One of the more popular flame wars on the message boards is AA realism vs atypical FPS. From my viewpoint, its just a game. I haven't read any threads saying, "After playing AA, I decided to enlist." Gamers were just looking for another option besides Counter Strike and AA was the answer for some.

    i really believe when HL2 and Doom3 is released, there will be a castrophoic drop off in AA players.
  • Evil... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by poofmeisterp (650750) on Saturday January 24, 2004 @12:17PM (#8075123) Journal
    I work at a computer store in Cincinnati, OH.

    Recently, we were approached by an army recruiter asking us if we had spare computers, network hardware, and space we would be willing to "donate" for free to him. He wanted to attract kids to the army by setting up a free network gaming environment.

    While the game might be fun, this is quite frankly evil. The army recruiter was, in fact, under orders "from above" to find a place and acquire free equipment and time in order to use the game to attract otherwise uninterested people to the army.

    My viewpoint is simple; if you want to join the military, join it. If you don't want to join, there's probably a reason for that. You don't want to die, you don't like being told to do things you don't agree with, you don't like being yelled at and fed crap... any number of reasons. Using a game to make it look glamorous is just another way of lying to kids in order to get them to join the military under false pretenses. This is nothing new; don't get me wrong. It's just slimy.
    • Re:Evil... (Score:2, Insightful)

      by DAldredge (2353)
      Anyone too stupid to do the research and find out what life is like in the Military before they join is stupid and the deserve what they get.
      • I was going to say that, but I didn't wanna get modded down as a troll ;)

      • Anybody who joins without the right mindset and expects mom to do everything for them is gonna get a crash course in reality without the sugar coating. It was a lot for some people in basic.
    • Re:Evil... (Score:2, Informative)

      by ritalin (4861)

      I'm in the army, i don't know what you're talking about. All the BRM (basic rifle marksmanship) stuff in the game is _exactly_ how i learned to fire a rifle.

      Breath control, trigger squeeze, steady aim, all that stuff.

      The army is what you make of it. if you're shitbag, you'll be treated like one and you can't quit.

      I've received somewhere near $250k in training for free. I love my job. I work on apache helicopters every day, what do you do?
      • True. However, I think he's more concerned about America's Army being a giant piece of propaganda.

        I have nothing against with the Army, violent video games, etc. However, shameless propaganda is fairly tasteless.

        Ohh and I'm a user interface designer. I get to use photoshop all day, I get to wear whatever I want to work, I get to drink beer at lunch, and I have lots of free time to snowboard and surf. I'm not complaining anytime soon :)

        • Wow, that what i was gonna do before i left college for the army. I was going to do interdisciplinary Psychology + computer science concentrating on user interfaces and do research.

          As for america's army, i don't see it as propaganda because a lot of the stuff is real and its not politically motivated. I think its the best attempt to remind people that the army is an option.

          Maybe you can give me an example as i've not played it much past the very beginning where you qualify and stuff.
          • "Wow, that what i was gonna do before i left college for the army. I was going to do interdisciplinary Psychology + computer science concentrating on user interfaces and do research."

            Nice :)
            I did sociology and graphic design :). However, there are a bunch of combos one can pursue.

            "As for america's army, i don't see it as propaganda because a lot of the stuff is real and its not politically motivated. I think its the best attempt to remind people that the army is an option."

            True.
            America's Army is basicall
            • I can respect your point of view, and its refreshing to see an opposing stance which isn't as extreme or condescending.

              Man it'd be great to have a beer with lunch. MRE's don't come with beer, but they do come with orange beverage powder sometimes :)

              In a time of such controversy, to me at least, it seems anything and everything you do becomes a statement. Ie., if you demoed AA before the conflict, it would just be a game but now its become more than that to a lot of people and I bet if you did demo
    • Re:Evil... (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Planesdragon (210349)
      If you don't want to join, there's probably a reason for that.

      Yes. And a recruiter won't change your mind.

      But "want to join the military" isn't a binary state. There are those who want to join the military (and either do, or don't due to circumstances beyond their control [asthma, etc]), and there are those who DON'T want to join the military (pacifits, folk who don't want to die, etc.)...

      and then there are folk who just haven't given it serious thought, or who are sitting on the fence about it. Thi

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