Real soldiers protest virtual military recruitment

No warA group of Iraq war veterans against the United States’ current military stance in the middle east gathered at the Missouri Black Expo on Saturday to protest the U.S. Army’s recruitment tool, America’s Army.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

"About 90 Iraq war veterans, dressed in black shirts, stood in formation Saturday afternoon in front of military recruiters at America’s Center and shouted their protest message three times: ‘War is not a game!’

They were referring to the large military simulation game set up by Army recruiters… The group of veterans, known as Iraq Veterans Against the War, were in St. Louis for their annual meeting this weekend when they decided to stage a brief demonstration at the Expo."

For those who are unfamiliar with the title, America’s Army is a video game developed by the Army and given away for free in order to increase interest in the armed forces. The game features real-world weaponry, and is one of the only games that actually encourages real-world violence.

I wonder why, with all of the media assaults on the gaming industry, nobody but small veterans’ groups go after this one. Hmmm…


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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