The ladies of Grand Theft Auto can help provide invaluable military training.
In a time of war, with our soldiers spread thin on two fronts, is there some reason they shouldn't be able to spend their precious R&R back on base killing zombies, bitch-slapping hos, and battling flying dragons in enchanted kingdoms? Well, according to a report on Wired, Microsoft refused to sell its popular Xbox 360 console to the U.S. Army for training purposes.
Writer Michael Peck says an Army technology officer cited MSFT's reasons, including that a major military purchase could create a shortage of Xbox 360 units on the consumer market. Is this a case of profits over patriotism?
We're not so sure about Wired's analysis: Usually a private contractor can make a mint by selling its wares to the federal government, especially if it has a monopoly on the product.
In the same Wired report, Microsoft denies the military's claim, but it's still unclear if the company would actually permit large-scale sales of the Xbox 360 console to run battle simulations for young soldiers who were practically weaned on video games. If our brave military men and women are to defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda, how can we deprive them of weapons like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Gears of War 2, Mass Effect, and Grand Theft Auto? If they can't enjoy the same gaming freedom we enjoy back home, that would mean the terrorists have won.