Is it ironic, that someone with a distaste for video games is now nearly-centering my life around a Burning Man camp based on one?
“In an attempt to address an ever-decreasing number of new recruits strengthening America’s forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other parts of the world, the US Army is currently adopting a new way of recruiting young men and women for active service. In northeast Philadelphia, it has set up a new experimental recruiting center, filled with computers and video game consoles, as well as large-scale models of a Humvee and some helicopters. The place looks more like a lounge, adorned with couches and swept away by rock music coming from loudspeakers.
The experiment the Army is currently engaged in seeks to bring more people in, and already they seem to be accomplishing that, if we consider the fact that the new center has already drawn 33 full-time soldiers, as well as 5 reservists. This makes it the approximate equivalent of five other recruitment centers, counting the people attracted within a short time frame.
The $12 million US Army Experience Center, hosted by the Franklin Mills shopping mall features some 60 personal computers and 19 Xbox 360 controllers, all coming with a large array of military strategy games to choose from.”