Ok, first off. Why even invite the Army in 'support' of the America's Army game when they aren't even compliant with Section 508?
For those who aren't familiar what the HELL S. 508 is, it's a Federal Law requiring all governmental media to be accessible to all aspects of the public. This includes, yes, America's Army. Back in the olden days of AA, I remember there was a Section 508 patch for the game, thereby adding Subtitling and captions to allow people like myself to know what in the living FUCK was going on in those classrooms for Training.
But now, recent versions have blatantly disregarded this law. And for that, I felt compelled to post about this. This is in no way aimed at PAX itself, but at the Army's lack of intelligence to be more "public friendly".
Let's take the recent incident in Seattle about a young man named Axel who just turned 17 for example. Within the same day they cut his birthday cake, the family was harassed by Army Recruiters for several months before being whisked away from his home when his parents were out for the night by...you guessed it, a pair of Army Recruiters. Talk about desperate.
Considering the recruitment numbers have been slipping, I can understand their persistence, but this was going too far.
They had him stay at a Motel, woke him in the wee hours of the morning and fed him a little something before shoving him up the proverbial horse's ass that is called "Army Testing". He then was given some paperwork to sign that he was not even given the chance to read thoroughly.
The next morning, his family finds him missing and immediately suspect the Recruiters. They march down to the Seattle office. The mother's daughter spots Axel being taken down the hallway to another room, and thus...the Recruiters were busted, despite the dude at the front desk denying any knowledge of Axel's whereabouts.
The case is now a pending lawsuit against the USMC, last I heard.
This incident alone, is enough to foster my distrust for the U.S. Military even though I am not eligible for recruitment.
Why should I show up at PAX, see the Army chaps, and give them a smile and hello, when I should be doing Axel and the Section 508 law a favor and giving them a cheap shot to the family jewels?
That is all I have to say for now.
Thank you, and good night.
P.S. Robert, we need to still talk about the PAX accessibility for the Deaf. I've tried to contact you via my Sean_D email address, but you haven't responded.