Anti-war protestors barrack Ubisoft over America’s Army

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 7 August 2008 07:20 GMT


As reported by Wired, anti-war protestors got their banners out at Ubisoft’s San Franciscan offices yesterday to complain about the fact that, in their eyes, America’s Army is being used as a tool to recruit people under the age of 17 into the military.

From the piece:

At this point, people were passing out warning labels, stickers that they believe should be placed on any and all copies of the America’s Army videogame. They go like this, exactly:

Warning: The video game America’s Army has been developed by the United States Army to recruit children under the age of 17 in violation of the U.N. Optional Protocol and international law. Combat service has been known to cause death, irreparable injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and lifelong feelings of overwhelming guilt.

Let’s take a brief moment before we go on to address why this is, at least, logically bankrupt. If you actually read the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Combat, you’d see that it has exactly nothing to do with creating videogames or propaganda or anything at all aimed at convincing teenagers that a career in the military is awesome. It has everything to do with stopping the forced recruitment of children into armed conflict. There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with the military’s recruitment strategies, but calling America’s Army a violation of the U.N. protocol is nonsense.

Nonsense or not, we’ll take the time to point at laugh, Ubisoft. If you will peddle shit like America’s Army you deserve everything you get, frankly.

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