February 11, 2009

Popular US Army-Endorsed Videogame Earns 5 World Records

The newly published Guinness World Records 2009: Gamer's Edition has awarded "The America's Army" PC game with five world records, the Army News Service reported on Tuesday.

The widely-played PC game won awards in five categories, including: Largest Virtual Army; Most Downloaded War Video Game; Most Hours Spent Playing a Free Online Shooter; Earliest Military Website to Support a Video Game and Largest Traveling Game Simulator.

With more than 9.7 million registered users, America's Army is now more than 15 times larger than the real U.S. Army.

The game is available at the popular gaming download site Fileplanet.com, where it has reached estimated downloads of more than 42.6 million. The latest version of the game topped nearly 2.4 million downloads between January and July 2008.

Since its launched in 2002, gamers from more than 60 countries have played America's Army. The U.S. Army estimates gamers have logged over 230.9 million hours playing the PC the game's PC version.

Americasarmy.com is the first military Web site to support a video game series and America's Army is the first multi-platform game to receive a government-licensed trademark.

The soon-to-be-launched America's Army 3 game will run on the popular new Unreal Engine 3. The game's developers have stated they hope to bring the popular trademark gameplay features from the previous versions to an all-new level in AA3.

AA3 will be packed with exciting new features like authentic weapons and technologies, realistic training and exciting gameplay missions. Officials said players would be provided with new insights into the Army and Soldiering.

The game's designers have stated that new updates will make the game easier to play, easier to install and easier to download.

Published earlier this month, the first edition of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition has since received several critical accolades from gaming industry reviewers.

America's Army has been featured in more than 6,400 stories around the world, including newspapers and television reports.

Critics of the game argue that America's Army is a further extension of the military entertainment complex, or so-called "militainment", which blurs the line between entertainment and war, contributing to a militarization of society.


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