Released in 2003, America’s Army was designed as a recruiting tool, featuring realistic combat action. Surprisingly, the game was a smash-hit, with GameSpy consistently ranking America's Army among the top ten FPS games online. Featuring authentic military tactics and video documentaries of real Soldiers, America's Army was credited with having a greater impact on Army recruits than all other forms of Army advertising combined in 2008.
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Modern video games are often designed to be easily modified, and many games might have great military application. A modified Command and Conquer: Generals might be a better wargaming simulation than the US military's JANUS computer system, nearly thirty years old. Microsoft Flight Simulator is an easy way to practice a few instrument approaches before a check ride.
Could Civilization IV be used to replicate the complex political, economic and military situation of Iraq in 2007? It might not be too far-fetched. The US Air Force has already begun looking into using Second Life, holding a Town Hall meeting yesterday.