America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

November 13, 2008 -

Comedy troupe the Yes Men spoofed the New York Times yesterday with an elaborate prank which saw hard copies of a faux NYT distributed in New York and several other major U.S. cities.

The feel-good parody edition was reportedly created to encourage President-elect Barack Obama to keep his campaign promises.

There's a game angle to the prank as well. Among the stories in the parody edition is one which reports that the Defense Department's popular America's Army game has been cancelled as part of the elimination of the Army's entire recruitment budget. In its place, the story says, the State Department will offer the more peaceful America's Diplomat.

The avowed purpose of America’s Diplomat is to encourage young people to consider careers in the diplomatic corps, and to present non-military alternatives in a positive light. Where the ability to aggressively attack and kill opponents spelled success in America’s Army, America’s Diplomat stresses situations that demand negotiation, dialogue and peaceful outcomes...

 

Lenny Purvill, a 16-year-old player, noted an initial disappointment in finding his favorite online game replaced. “I liked to pretend I was in the army going on missions in Iraq. And blowing stuff up was fun,” he told the press. Purvill, who has been playing the game since he was 13, had been considering signing up when he turned 18.

His initial disappointment, however, was replaced by fascination as he facilitated a peaceful negotiations between Sunni and Shiite militiamen. “It was like, are they gonna shoot each other? No! They’re not! ’Cause I’m helping them settle their differences with diplomacy. It’s so awesome,” he said.

GP: "Comedy troupe" might not be the most appropriate description of the Yes Men. Their Wikipedia page terms them "culture jamming activists."


Comments

Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

"Guerilla Activists?"

I'd love to see a game like this, though, but I could only imagine how crazy the AI system would have to be to try and emulate the general feeling of a populace filtered by the general mood fo the diplomat to whom you're talking...

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I wonder if you would get to use the phrase "Peace in our time"

Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

This reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. It went something like this..

 

Calvin: Lets play war!

Hobbes: Why war? Why don't we play peace instead?

Calvin: Too few role models.

Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

I miss Calvin and Hobbes. Darn dirty sindicates and their merchandising ways. They pushed him away and now we suffer.

E. Zachary Knight
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Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

Yeah, but the page on wikip in my head terms them as "a bunch of pedants who'll be the first ones against the wall when the revolution comes," so I'd stick with comedy troupe after all.

(Is 'troupe' spelled with an e?  Really?  Huh.)

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Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

Coincidently, a page from the 2068 Wikipedia fell through a wormhole has them described as a "bunch of pedants who were the first ones against the wall when the revolution came."

Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

I wish a game like America's Diplomat could really exist, though...

Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

I'm assuming I'm not the only person who would genuinely be interested in playing that game.

The achievments would look great on your gamercard

Re: America's Diplomat Parodies America's Army Game

I there with you. I would love to play a game like that.

I remember playing the old adventure games and talking my way out of tough situations. One that stands out was the Lucas Arts Adventure, Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Atlantis. In the game, depending on what you said at a certain point, would either send you down a path full of fist fights or one filled with more puzzles and sweet talk. The non violent route was the one I found to be more fun.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
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Andrew EisenAnd the fact that it was curated by some random person on Twitter should have been another.11/22/2014 - 6:48pm
Andrew EisenYep, it's pretty clear that whoever at the IGDA grabbed that list, didn't look at it first. I think the fact that there's over 10,000 names on it should have been a bit of a red flag.11/22/2014 - 6:44pm
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Andrew EisenHard to say with any certainty but it appears it at least understands the tool didn't do what it thought it did.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
WonderkarpI've yet to find the IGDA responding too the situation other than deleting a link.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
Matthew WilsonI hope the IGDA understands why its a mistake, that's all I want.11/22/2014 - 6:33pm
Andrew EisenHeh, lawyering up would be grossly overracting! And really silly. Well, if what the IGDA did say was not enough for you, try contacting them and letting them know how you feel.11/22/2014 - 6:31pm
Wonderkarpall I want is an apology from the IGDA. nothing fancy, not even addressed to me. Just something that says, "We messed up. We're Sorry" thats it. Not exactly those words except Sorry. If I was overreacting, I'd be lawyering up.11/22/2014 - 6:29pm
Andrew EisenI get it, I just think you're taking it the wrong way and overreacting.11/22/2014 - 6:27pm
Wonderkarpatleast Matthew understands why I am miffed at that list11/22/2014 - 6:26pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - That I agree with. Linking to that list was silly. Hopefully IGDA will more carefully vet the resources it links to make sure they do what they're supposed to.11/22/2014 - 6:25pm
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Andrew EisenYou're an English major? Wow.11/22/2014 - 6:16pm
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