Teach Your Children Well

Matthew 18: 6-7: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!”

jesus-with-childrenAmerica’s Army is a series of first-person shooter video games, graphic novels, and other media costing over $32 million, developed by the United States Army and released as a global public relations initiative to help with recruitment. It is free to download and play. It has been dowloaded over nine million times. It has also been ranked as a top ten first person shooter game.

“Despite the game’s neurotic commitment to accuracy elsewhere, the small detail about killing people is brushed over gingerly. ‘We were very careful on the blood thing,’ says [one of the game’s developers]. There are no sound effects when players are shot; only a small red blotch appears, similar to a paintball hit. The sanitizing of violence also aids marketing efforts by earning the game a teen rating.” — America’s Army Targets Youth, The Nation, Sep. 2002.

via Video Game Recruitment.

Gamers do “lose points” for killing civilians.

Obedience

Obey your superiors!

You can see a “Multi-Kill/Mini-Montage” from “America’s Army” here on YouTube. Here’s another YouTube video of a speech given by Darrell Anderson, who went to Iraq when he was 22: “They told us, in a crowded area, if one person shoots at you, kill everybody.

 

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