So, how many of you out there are/already have downloaded the new America's Army: Operation Recon game that the US Army is releasing for free? Yeah. it's a big piece of propoganda, but who cares? It's based on the new(er) Unreal engine, and is supposed to offer realistic tactics, gameplay, etc. Also, despite the fact that it's designed to boost recruitment rates, it's been made freely available no matter where you are in the world. The only catch (that I'm aware of) is that you'll have to download it. In order to get the game on CD, you'll have to be in America and be of recruitment age (17-34??? something like that). From what I've seen of the screenshots, the game looks really good. It's off to a rough start so far; the multiplayer implementation having been botched in Diablo2-like proportions. Get this... In order to play anything other than a training mission, you must play online. In order to do this, you have to (GASP) install GameSpy Arcade! WTF... Then, and get this, you have to qualify at certain levels before you can proceed onto other areas of the game (and other servers). In order to do that, you have to perform a mission on something called the Mout Mckenna servers. Here's the kicker... At launch, there was something like 5 Mout Mckenna servers with a 16 player max on each! Hahahahahaha... They had like 2500-3000 people on line, log jammed on these servers trying to qualify. No one could move onto the empty servers because those were reserved for other post-qualifying missions. And to top it all off, people were getting horrible pings and dropping out because all the 2000+ people who couldn't get in a game were overloading the servers with their bitching in the chatrooms! And because of the excellent quality of GameSpy Arcade, people's computers were crashing after they got disconnected! Beautiful! Well, hopefully they get things smoothed out. This is not the full game, mind you. That's going to be released towards the end of summer (again, for free). If I read correctly, this is basically Sniper Training, and maybe some other shit. Already they (HomeLAN) are increasing the servers, there's plans for the final release to have an in-game browser so people could host their own games, and the contract for game support is slated to run until 2007. This means (hopefully) add-ons, patches, and all around swell stuff continually being added to the game, courtesy of the American Tax Payer.