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Thread: Video Game MADE by the US Army




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    Well, I downloaded it last night, but haven't played it yet. Apperantly it is VERY in depth. :thumb: It's a 604Mb ZIP or you can stop by a recruiting office, or purchase a CD version of it.

    www.americasarmy.com

    The nvidia links seemed to have the best bandwidth for downloading it. I averaged about 201 with my cable, it took one hour.:bounce:

    Any who, sounds like you actually have to do the bootcamp before you can even play the multiplayer..... with out hacks or some elses characters.

    Anywho,.. just thought I'd let y'all know.
    Architectural Visualization Specialist

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    yes, it is quite a popular game online and it has been around for some time ;)
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Played it way way back when it came out... It was OK. I managed to get through basic training and paratrooper training. Was gonna try out for a Ranger, but I wasn't really having fun when I was playing it... so I stopped.

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    Yes, I've been playing America's Army for a year now and it's excellent. The latest version 1.9 is absolutely phenomenal both in gameplay and graphics. Matches UT2003 (based on the same engine) in graphics.

    We have an America's Army Tweak Guide here at Tweaktown which will tell you more about the game, how to optimize your performance for it, some tips, and links to common resources for it.

    I've passed all the training a long time ago, and I'm up to 50 honor. Version 2.0 of AA which should be out soon will introduce Special Forces to AA, which will require more "intensive" training. Looking forward to it :)

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    Though I think it has to be questioned how useful computer games actually are when it comes to training soliders.

    Hehe... I remember one newspaper article talking about how Doom had been used by the US Military as a training tool.

    Well, I guess they'll be safe if they ever get attacked by a bunch of sprites.

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    The Developers have made it quite clear (and the logical among us should know) that no computer game can begin to simulate the experience and requirements of being a soldier. Pointing and clicking a mouse while comfortably sitting in a chair is nothing like raising and firing a 10lb M16A2 with recoil in trying conditions while under fire. Two different worlds altogether.

    The main aim of America's Army is basically to drum up interest in joining the US Army. The game wets kids' appetites if they are that way inclined.

    The only useful aspect of the game which can translate across to the real world is the strategic aspect. I've noticed from my time playing the game that I can usually beat less experience players or teams with much more firepower (and lower pings) simply by knowing how to use the right weapons at the right time, how to control how much noise I make, how to distract, confuse and confound the enemy and use the terrain to advantage etc.

    The game tries to encourage the completion of objectives over kills (you only get 10 points per kill while you get 50-100 points per objective) and you're also heavily penalized for friendly fire, and if you teamkill in the first 30 seconds it's an auto boot from the server.

    So play the game for fun and a combination of strategic teamwork and shooting and it's an absolute blast. It's probably the most realistic war-based shooter out there, but no PC game will even come close to actual combat conditions and training :)

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