U.S. Army Stays Unreal

The U.S. Army announces they have licensed the Unreal Engine 3 to power the next version of the America's Army shooter, just as the first America's Army game was built upon a previous version of Epic's Unreal tech. Here's the plan:
West Point, NY May10, 2005 The U.S. Army today announced that it is expanding its technology agreement with Epic Games. Since 2000, Epic's Unreal. Engine 2 has served as the foundation for America's Army, the Official U.S. Army Game. To take advantage of leap-ahead capabilities afforded by Epic Games' newest engine, the Army will begin developing its next generation versions of America's Army on the Unreal Engine 3. in the coming months.

"The Unreal Engine has enabled us to develop one of the most popular games in the world. At the same time, the Unreal Engine has provided us the power and flexibility to develop revolutionary training and education applications for use across the government," said Colonel Casey Wardynski, project director and originator of the "America's Army" concept. "The gameplay, environments and immersive action generated using Unreal Engine 3 will allow us to create ever more realistic scenarios and environments through which young adults can learn about Soldiering and through which Soldiers can master skills ranging from lifesaving to countering IEDs in the Global War on Terrorism."

The America's Army game (www.americasarmy.com) has placed Soldiering into popular culture by providing young adults the means to explore key Soldier lifecycle experiences from basic training to operations in the Global War on Terrorism. Since the America's Army game launched, gamers have completed more than 1.34 billion missions and 94 million hours virtually exploring progressive developmental experiences ranging from basic training to the Special Forces Qualification Course. Upcoming versions of the game include America's Army: Special Forces Overmatch, which will release this fall; and America's Army: Stryker-Overmatch to be released this winter.

By harnessing the power of the Unreal Engine, America's Army produces extraordinarily engaging and realistic environments and experiences. As a result, a wide variety of agencies from the U.S. Navy to national laboratories have repurposed America's Army for applications ranging from appended training devices for weapon systems to adaptive thinking and leadership
training simulations.

"Our relationship with the Army has proven that Unreal Engine 3's flexibility, versatility and wide array of features can be deployed for greater purposes beyond traditional gaming," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic
Games. "We are delighted that our technology is supporting the Army in achieving its mission of showcasing the Army and helping to drive the America's Army game series to new levels. It's also really exciting for us to see how our technology can be used to help the Army prepare its Soldiers for the challenges they confront in real-life scenarios."
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Not providing the whole story is not lying. Lying would be telling untruths about the part of the story that is told.

Semantics. You know very well what I meant. The difference between misinformation and lying is negligible, and in any case ommiting information is no less propaganda than outright lies. Think back to the last time you saw a commerical for migrane medince, and think about why they are legally obliged to disclose the sideaffects.

While the U.S. military is certainly guilty of wrong doing in its history, it has also done a lot of good things. However, regardless of past actions, history teaches that having a strong military is a necessity. America has many enemies including ones who take up arms against it and would do so were it not for its military. No amount of placation or rational or other appeal is ever going to change that.
There is a difference between the military and militarism. Having a standing army to defend national borders is certainly a good thing, as well as a national right, and that is not what I am against. A culture of glorification of the military and its ideals, on the other hand, has never done anything but harm. The military is a profoundly political force, since war is a continuation of politics by other means, and militarism is a specific subset of nationalism. And honestly, looking at movies, TV and games, can you in all honestly claim that glorification of the military is not precisely what is taking place, and on a very large scale no less.

By the way, the Unites States is not currently threatened, not even potentially, by any nation in the world. When I say threatened, I mean that in the sense of an attack on the soil of the US, and in fact I apply that to every nation. Overseas "national interests" don't count. Preventing terrorism, while certainly a noble goal, does not mean invading soveregn nations, unless the legitimate leadership of that nation played an integral part in the attack, and even then it is only an matter of bringing the leadership to justice, nothing more nothing less. Preventing terrorism, if the concept of national sovereignty means anything at all, basically amounts to placing a shitload of police and military forces at your borders, because that's the only place where a nation has legitimate authority to act.

Take out a map of the world. Throw a dart at random. Provided it doesn't land in water, that place has a greater chance of being attacked than America. That has been the case for well over a hundred years.

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