Philly columnist defends FPS-infused Army Recruitment Center

May 26, 2009

At the beginning of this month, a swarm of protesters descended upon the Army Recruitment Center housed within Philidelphia’s Franklin Mills Mall. Their qualm with the Center focused on its use of first-person shooters to attract young, Call of Duty-experienced potential recruits. Now, a few weeks after the protest march, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Christine Flowers offers a different look at the technologically endowed Recruitment Center, and the controversy that’s been surrounding it as of late.

Flowers, a conservative, Philly-based lawyer, doesn’t see the Center’s use of games as an enticing trap for impressionable adolescents. Instead, she agrees with the sentiment of the Center’s manager, Maj. Larry Dillard, who sees the technology as a way to boost "transparency." Flowers writes, "There’s no subterfuge in giving someone an accurate picture of the army experience." Any veterans in the audience today that want to compare "the army experience" to a few rounds of America’s Army?

[Via GamePolitics]

This post has been written by Griffin McElroy on May 25th 2009 at 11:00PM couresy of


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