Can the U.S. Army be faulted for including the uber violent Xbox 360 hit Gears of War in a recruitment-oriented video game tournament?
Raw Story takes the Army to task for adding Gears to the roster of titles for the Army Gaming Championships, a ladder event which kicked off on the 4th of July.
The Raw Story feature makes specific mention of GoW's chainsaw bayonet:
"The Army is sponsoring a tournament featuring one of the most graphically violent video games every produced. Players will be rewarded tens of thousands of dollars in prizes from the military for chainsaw massacres of opponents, whose deaths are stunningly illustrated…
The venture provides the Army another avenue to reach tech-savvy recruits - though participants must be willing to be contacted by an Army recruiter - as it struggles to maintain its ranks in the fifth year of the Iraq war…
Army officials "looked very carefully at the games recommended," [Army spokeswoman Louise] Eaton said. While including M-rated games initially "gave us pause," Eaton said they were OK'd because the tournament is only open to players age 17 and up…"
Others games in the Army tournament include Command & Conquer 3, Resistance: Fall of Man, Call of Duty 3, and, of course, America's Army.