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Posted 2005-10-19 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Game Politics relays word of an ABC-11 News report entitled "Video Game Doubles as Learning Tool," wherein the official U.S. Army recruitment video game America's Army is said to teach players "...important lessons that could save lives." The news story asserts that "A letter from a mother to the Army is proof it can save lives," and relates the mother's story of her younger son--an America's Army player--who saved her older son from a domestic accident because of first aid skills allegedly learned in the game.

This is the double-edged sword the games industry is teetering on. You cannot proclaim loudly how games train people to save lives while ignoring that the opposite is equally possible--particularly in the case of America's official Army recruitment game. If games train us to save lives, they must also train us to take lives--if the industry takes responsibility for the good, it also has to accept the bad.
 
     
 
   
 
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