TCS: Tech Central Station | Serious Games, Serious Questions
"It's said that Rome wasn't built in a day, but the battle of Zama, in 202 BC, in which the Romans decisively defeated the Carthaginians, lasted just a few hours. So which is someone more likely to play out, the building of the Roman Empire, which lasted many centuries, or the cool key battles? And so even if America's Army seeks to fully explicate Army life, it will always default to compressing events. Otherwise, to take a somewhat absurd example, a potential recruit might have aged beyond Army age requirements while playing out his or her future billet as, say, a quartermaster or truck driver. It's far too tempting to squeeze down on the boring stuff in order to allow more time for squeezing the trigger. "