Oh how the mighty have fallen. The greatest Military Force in the history of the world has just been brought to it’s knees by Bill Gates. Yes that Bill Gates. US Military trainees have long used PC programs for various training scenarios. Seems the High Command wanted to switch to the more popular Xbox 360 as the trainer of choice. No way says Bill. And here are the reasons why Microsoft hit the plans with a scud missile of their own according to Roger Smith, chief technology officer for PEO STRI, the Army command that runs the scenarios and exercises:
* Microsoft was afraid that the military would buy up lots of Xbox 360s, but would buy only one game for each of them, so MS wouldn’t make much money off of the games.
* that a big military purchase would create a shortage of Xbox 360s.
* that if the Xbox became an Army training device, it would taint its reputation. Microsoft was concerned that “do we want the Xbox 360 to be seen as having the flavor of a weapon? Do we want Mom and Dad knowing that their kid is buying the same game console as the military trains the SEALs and Rangers on?” Smith told me during an interview for Training & Simulation Journal.
Seems like Microsoft didn’t want there great gaming consoles to help the military cause for piece. Or perhaps they were afraid of what they might be using it to train. Depending on what games the military picks up, you can go from anti-terrorist, guerrilla warfare, occupation, etc. Yeah if I was old Bill I might be think twice about it myself. What the Military truly wanted with the consoles is classified of course, but Microsoft figured it’s public image may pay the price.