Today, the US Army announced that they're creating a YouTube channel for the America's Army game. America's Army is the free game produced by the US Army, which shows gamers what real combat is likely to be similar to, along with training exercises and the like. America's Army has been free to play since at least 2003, when they started using the Unreal Engine to develop the game.
The focus of the YouTube channel will be to build and maintain a community around the game. The "Mission Challenges" that they're posting on the site are kind of a metagame for America's Army - the YouTube page moderators will post challenges for users, and the users will record videos where they complete the challenges. More details below, from today's announcement:
The America's Army channel, located at www.youtube.com/americasarmy, provides America's Army (AA) fans with a central location to easily view game footage, trailers, and developer diaries; share user generated content; access and participate in unique Mission Challenges; and learn more about the America's Army games.
The channel launched with several videos including game trailers, behind the scenes videos, and unique content created by America's Army players. In addition community members in the America's Army Mentor Program (AAMP) created and posted several videos, one of which focuses on AA3 medic training and how players can use the skills they learn to render aid to their teammates while playing AA3. AAMP personnel also created a tutorial demonstrating how to set up a server and a video on breaching, clearing and securing areas in the game.
The America's Army YouTube channel will feature unique America's Army Mission Challenges where the AA team will ask fans to create their own videos within the given mission's parameters. In other missions, the AA team will supply fans with game assets and issue creative challenges to supply sound effects, music, and more. Players create videos for the Mission Challenges and then post and tag their submission. Just like in the AA3 game, Every Detail Counts!™ Winners will have their videos featured on the Official America's Army YouTube channel and Facebook page and may win exclusive AA prizes.
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