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(Houston Press)   The 5 best video games (used as propaganda by governments)   (blogs.houstonpress.com) divider line 35
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2014-04-10 03:08:27 PM
Played America's army for years, quite when they dropped the Linux client.
 
2014-04-10 03:10:54 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-10 03:11:10 PM
I checked out America's Army when it first came out and never followed up on it. Those graphics look pretty sweet. That game from China looks absolutely awesome. It amazes me that people can get offended when another country has the players attacking US soldiers. Who the fark do they think all of the gamers in the US are symbolically killing? Rocky and Bullwinkle?
 
2014-04-10 03:13:01 PM
America's Army.  If I knew back then that if you shot a drill sergeant during range fire, they'd just make you start basic over, I would still be in basic.
 
2014-04-10 03:14:44 PM

Mikey1969: I checked out America's Army when it first came out and never followed up on it. Those graphics look pretty sweet. That game from China looks absolutely awesome. It amazes me that people can get offended when another country has the players attacking US soldiers. Who the fark do they think all of the gamers in the US are symbolically killing? Rocky and Bullwinkle?


Having played Crisis and spending many hours sneaking around an island murdering North Koreans, not to mention Modern Warfare games, etc. I sure as hell can't complain.  Also, I'll just throw out that I just started playing Dark Souls and it is awesome and just as hard as people say.
 
2014-04-10 03:15:28 PM
I tried to get into America's Army, but in the early days it was not very intuitive, and I was mad that I couldn't get classified expert marksman.
 
2014-04-10 03:17:39 PM
North Korea
Finally, there's those loveable little scamps in North Korea. They have not, to my knowledge, managed to create their own FPS to show off how cool they are. In fact, creating their own anything seems to be an issue, as evidenced in this propaganda video their government put together.

i.kinja-img.com

Empty streets to drive on and hawt cops. Makes me feel a little defective. Not sure if in the game you have to stop and pick up wood for fuel.
 
2014-04-10 03:24:53 PM
img.gamefaqs.net
 
2014-04-10 03:27:35 PM
"Better dead than Red! Die, you Commie Scum!"
fc08.deviantart.net
 
2014-04-10 03:31:15 PM
What about "After Burner"? I heard the Air Force put it out to find new pilots. Rumor was that when you beat the high score, the game would take your picture and send it to the military.
 
2014-04-10 03:35:11 PM

Whatthefark: What about "After Burner"? I heard the Air Force put it out to find new pilots. Rumor was that when you beat the high score, the game would take your picture and send it to the military.


no, that was "the last starfighter"
 
2014-04-10 03:35:46 PM
American 'propaganda' usually comes via 'technical advice' to private game companies when they want to feature american military doctrine and or technology.  They make a conscious decision to share specifications and behavior of weapons systems or maneuvers used by actual soldiers, or not share it as the case may be.  There isn't a really accurate depiction of the J-SOW in battlefield 3 because the pentagon just felt like sharing, it's there as a big warning to anybody who thinks that a tank battle with the US would be a fun time.  They are letting everyone know that it won't be.  On the other side of the same coin some room clearing tactics and equipment used by SEALS was redacted from the final cut of the movie 'Act of Valor' because they didn't want to give anybody any ideas on how to properly secure a room.  In all honestly I have a hard time being upset about propaganda in such a form. It's not like they are beating the drum for war or dehumanizing 'the enemy', they are just making it known that they are not to be farked with.
 
2014-04-10 03:42:06 PM
I played the original Polybius back in 1983. You want to talk about government mind control.
 
2014-04-10 03:44:53 PM
i.imgur.com

Ah, video games.  I remember playing those.
 
2014-04-10 03:46:31 PM
The medic training in America's Army taught me how to make a proper tourniquet!
 
2014-04-10 03:50:52 PM

reillan: I tried to get into America's Army, but in the early days it was not very intuitive, and I was mad that I couldn't get classified expert marksman.


Yeah, now that I think about it, that's why I got bored. Realism and technical skill are nice, but it's boring as shiat when you have to spend hours in the tutorial...
 
2014-04-10 03:55:12 PM

Mikey1969: reillan: I tried to get into America's Army, but in the early days it was not very intuitive, and I was mad that I couldn't get classified expert marksman.

Yeah, now that I think about it, that's why I got bored. Realism and technical skill are nice, but it's boring as shiat when you have to spend hours in the tutorial...


not to mention literally hour long matches where if you died in the first few seconds from a noob tube at spawn meant you were spectating for the whole time.
 
2014-04-10 03:55:19 PM

zipdog: I played the original Polybius back in 1983. You want to talk about government mind control.


img.fark.net
 
2014-04-10 03:57:24 PM

Rurouni: The medic training in America's Army taught me how to make a proper tourniquet!


Wasn't there a story recently where a man in an accident was saved by a passing motorist who had learned his skill from America's Army?
 
2014-04-10 04:10:08 PM
Americas army was a pretty sweet game in the day....iron sight m16 picking people off the top of the bridge was my favorite thing to do
 
2014-04-10 04:15:39 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: Americas army was a pretty sweet game in the day....iron sight m16 picking people off the top of the bridge was my favorite thing to do


In the original AA, I found that on the firing range, the M16 hit high-right, and there was no way to zero the weapon.
 
2014-04-10 04:20:00 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: Americas army was a pretty sweet game in the day....iron sight m16 picking people off the top of the bridge was my favorite thing to do


I liked driving the Porsche in n.a.r.c.!!!

/geedee barrels!!!!
 
2014-04-10 04:20:48 PM
I used to work at a Gamestop in San Diego. It was weird selling Socom 2, and guys frim the base would come in and go "oh Gunny Whathisname is on the cover!" I'd have thought they were BS'ing but I heard it from more than a few. Another person was really proud that their helicopter was in the first Modern Warfare. I guess Infinity Ward took pictures, and just copied the serial number from the tail to the game model. The customer showed up later of a picture of himself with the helicopter. It was kinda surreal.

Also, screw Gamestop. 10years of my life wasted.
 
2014-04-10 04:23:47 PM
"What do I care for your suffering? Pain, even agony, is no more than information before the senses, data fed to the computer of the mind. The lesson is simple: you have received the information, now act on it. Take control of the input and you shall become master of the output."

My favorite government propaganda...
 
2014-04-10 04:29:14 PM
I am surprised that the Chinese one did not mention how you automatically unload your pistol clip into Japanese soldiers.  We had an article on that once and it seems pretty relevant.
 
2014-04-10 04:32:41 PM

Gergesa: I am surprised that the Chinese one did not mention how you automatically unload your pistol clip into Japanese soldiers.  We had an article on that once and it seems pretty relevant.


That seems excessive even by Chinese standards.
 
2014-04-10 04:35:46 PM
You knew america's army was going to be on that. At least we basically acknowledge it's just a propaganda/recruitment tool. But, I have to give the military credit for that and their DPMS(?) training simulator systems - they are very nice graphically for a "free" tool
 
2014-04-10 05:03:25 PM
America's Army 2 - SF Hospital map. Played the crap outta that one years ago. Apparently there's still a community going for that game.
 
2014-04-10 05:22:55 PM
www.classicplastic.net
 
2014-04-10 05:23:45 PM
www.theprimaryinvasion.com
 
2014-04-10 05:25:50 PM

Raw_fishFood: Gergesa: I am surprised that the Chinese one did not mention how you automatically unload your pistol clip into Japanese soldiers.  We had an article on that once and it seems pretty relevant.

That seems excessive even by Chinese standards.


imagine if the Germans had systematically raped and tortured and massacred american civilians
 
2014-04-10 05:26:28 PM
We might've been a bit more resentful
 
2014-04-10 05:32:33 PM

NeoCortex42: zipdog: I played the original Polybius back in 1983. You want to talk about government mind control.

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YVAN EHT NIOJ!
 
2014-04-10 06:26:35 PM
Obligatory Tetris joke.
 
2014-04-10 10:49:37 PM
anilinkz.com

Usagi!
 
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