Since we wrote about the U.S. Army-endorsed "America's Army" PC game in 2006, its popularity has surged; in 2009, "America's Army" will receive awards for setting Guinness World Records in five categories.
"America's Army" is the largest virtual army, with over 15 times more registered users than the active duty ranks of the actual Army. It's also the most frequently-downloaded war video game, with over 42.6 million downloads. "America's Army" also has logged the most collective hours spent playing a free online shooting game, with over 230.9 million hours as of August 2008.
There are two more Guinness World Records that don't directly involve gameplay. AmericasArmy.com is the first military website to support a video game series, as well as the first multi-platinum game to receive a government-licensed trademark, according to Army.mil. Moreover, "America's Army" boasts the largest traveling game simulator, a 19,500-square-foot behemoth that includes six life-size vehicles that can accommodate 50 players at once.
Virtual War Games
More Stats +/-
High-Tech Army Clothes
US Army gets into Video Gaming
In-App Outfit Challenges
Top 55 Sports Trends in June
Free 2019 Report & eBook
Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book.
Our Research Methodology
This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.