I’ve mused before about the utility of video games as a recruitment tool for the army before. Australia’s armed forces are certainly aware of their appeal to gamers, propping up recruitment booths at EB Expo for the last few years.
But Russia is being a bit more direct than that. In a report from the state-funded broadcaster RT, deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tried to encourage Wargaming’s fanbase to consider another form of tanking.
“We need no tankers now, we need World of Tanks players,” Rogozin tweeted, according to a RT translation. The remark followed the news that a Russian defence contractor was working on plans to enable remote controls for the T-90, a mainstay of Russia’s vehicular armoury.
The technology would enable the T-90 to be controlled from a distance of 3 to 5 kilometres. RT also reports that Rogozin has quipped about future armies being filled with “bespectacled nerds” that would wipe the floor with “handsome athletes who fight on a lower technological level”.
The future of Russia’s army as Rogozin sees it: Otacon.