US Army uses videogames to recruit

Reuters gives a detailed report on the US Army Experience Center, a recruitment center in a Philadephia shopping mall featuring 60 PCs and 19 Xbox 360 consoles that allows potential recruits to simulate battle conditions:

The Philadelphia center lures recruits with a separate room for prospective soldiers to “fire” from a real Humvee on enemy encampments projected on a 15-foot-high (4.5-meter-high) battleground scenario that also has deafening sound effects.
In another room, those inclined to attack from above can join helicopter raids in which enemy soldiers emerge from hide-outs to be felled by automatic gunfire rattling from a simulator modeled on an Apache or Blackhawk helicopter.

Representatives say that the recruitment centre “aims to dispel misperceptions about Army life”. It’s unclear whether the games used are commercially-available games or bespoke software.

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