Protests Over the Army's Gaming Center

From Doom to Full Spectrum Warrior, the military has long been using videogames to train and recruit soldiers.

Last year, Philadelphia saw the opening of the Army Experience Center, a 14,500 square foot facility that, according to its site, is "a twenty-first century destination for people to get accurate information about the Army directly from the source. Conceived and built over a ten-month period in the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, the ...technology and education center is fast becoming a model for Army recruiting nationwide. Touch screen kiosks, state-of-the-art presentation facilities, community events and high-action simulators are just a few of the AEC features helping to shatter outdated stereotypes and start new career conversations."

But the AEC is now a subject of protest.  A group called the United for Peace and Justice-Delaware Valley Network has been holding vigils outside the center, accusing it of using games to lure kids into joining the military.  "War is not a game," the group has said in a statement.  They hope to convince the Franklin Mills Mall to shut the facility down.

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