posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 10:11 AM
There's a large amusement park near my home (boasts the largest wood-frame roller-coaster in the US) and each summer my wife and I make a day to
visit it. More out of habit than anything else.
The US Army has a big tent on the grounds, just inside the "midway" area, and it's air conditioned and packed with video games. The latest games
and even protypes that aren't on the market yet. The kids get to play free, and all they have to do is fill out cards (name, address, age, email,
and that sort of thing) to get swipe-cards for however many passes are available per card. Then they can go nuts.
I was looking at the controller layout of some of our military weapons systems and they are the same as video game controllers, in general. The
joy-stick, the thumb buttons and such, and it hit me that the video gaming industry is completely synced up with the DoD on training kids to man
high-tech weapons systems with a minimum of training and acclimation time needed.
Then I remembered that enormous US Army tent at the park, and how the games were free to the teens who filled out the cards. It hit me that the DoD
was stripping those cards with that kid's information, and when the kid played, his totals, as well as his over all finesse with the system's
interface, was probably being mapped and associated with his personal data. This would give recruiters a leg up when hunting for quality weapons
systems prospects from graduation year to graduation year.
Kind of creeps me out, but when you look at it from their perspective, the upstream marketing advantage is pretty significant. These are kids who
love fighting with the tools that the Army will provide them. The only difference would be that the enemy actually exists and actually dies.
The US is being culture groomed to become the global law enforcement entity. Once the middle class has been finally stripped out (forcing all young
people into military careers if they want any future other than service or healthcare careers) then the DoD budgets will expand to allow for the
increased force levels and expanded mission. Probably 10 years from now.