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America's Army Recon Demo

A bit earlier than anticipated, NVIDIA is the first site to offer downloads of the Recon demo of America's Army: Operations, the free first-person shooter game that was developed by the U.S. Army using the Unreal engine. The Recon demo requires a whopping 203.9 MB download, and offers "four single player basic training missions including a rifle range, obstacle course and weapons course," as well as "six multiplayer missions including a homeland defense operation, urban training, freeing prisoners, and protecting against an act of ecological terrorism." Word from HomeLan Fed is that the login authorization and multiplayer servers are not due to be launched until the original release time of 3:00 AM EDT (midnight PDT) though. Further mirrors can be expected on the official site by that time as well. Update: Mirrors are already online at FilePlanet (registration required) and 3D Gamers.

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362. Re: I OWN THE USA Jul 9, 2002, 10:00 Politically Censored
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"The two games will cost about $7 million to design and to maintain 140 servers for online play, according to Lt. Col. Casey Wardynski, director of the Army's internal consulting team. That's about the same as a new M1A3 tank, and less than one-half of one percent of the Army's recruitment budget.

Given the high cost of persuading teenagers to join the Armed Forces, Wardynski figures the expense will have been worth it if an additional 300-400 enlist as a result of the game."

So this establishes that the game was meant to be propaganda and a recruitment tool and yes, it came out of the military budget (however much of that you want to believe). So no more posts about that, now that it's clear.

#361 - I know you won't be around to read this but, 'thanks' for your post. That's exactly my point, the military needs conflict to keep itself in use and the corporations need cheap natural resources so they all see it as a win-win situation. The same reason that drugs will never stop coming into this country. Too many branches of the government would be out of work and they would have one less thing to use to get public approval for increases in the budget.

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