Video game military propaganda

A new video game commissioned by the U.S. Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation’s military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine. The new PC title, Future Force Company Commander, or F2C2, is a nifty God-game that puts players in the driver’s seat of 18 systems at the heart of the military’s new net-centric warfare approach. The Army added the game to its recruiting tool kit last month as a high-tech follow-up to its successful America’s Army shooter.

It’s an impressive game, simulating weaponry the military is actually using or building, gamers say. But the gameplay is designed so it’s hard to lose: The equipment holds up awfully well and the enemy doesn’t learn from experience….”You don’t see the day-to-day boredom, you don’t see broken legs and equipment failure,” she says. “You don’t see that the military is mostly grunts and only the grunts on the ground die.”

Read Army Game Proves U.S. Can’t Lose from WIRED.  Also, The Pentagon Invades Your Xbox (originally published in the Los Angeles Times)  republished on Znet.  Previously from WNM: Subliminal Militarization and US army cuts teeth on video game


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