STATES SUBMARINES RECEIVE VIDEO GAME CONSOLES AND SOFTWARE
Computer and Video Game Industry Donates Games to Troops
Washington, D.C. — August 27th, 2002 — Every one of
the 72 submarines in the American fleet now has a new state-of-the-art
video game console, plus about 20 of the current top-selling video
games, thanks to an unprecedented drive by the U.S. computer and
video game industry to show support and thanks to American troops
waging the war on terrorism, the Interactive Digital Software Association
(IDSA) announced today.
generosity the IDSA displayed in making these game consoles and
games available to our people is outstanding," said Force Master
Chief Donald Kultti, U.S. Submarine Force. "We are really working
our people hard these days and this sort of thing permits them an
escape from the demanding schedule that requires perfection out
of them all. Thanks to the IDSA for their contributions to the men
of the United States Submarine Force. We appreciate them."
Lowenstein, president of the IDSA, the trade association representing
American computer and video game publishers said, "Our armed
forces have always shown remarkable skill and dedication to protecting
our country and, indeed, the world, from all manner of threats,
and especially so over the past year. While overseas on active duty,
our troops can’t enjoy many of the things they relax with
at home, so we decided to bring the games they love to them as our
small way of saying ‘thanks’."
with the U.S. Navy, the IDSA coordinated industry donations so that
each of the 72 Navy submarines received a game console and a selection
of top games. IDSA members donated a total of more than 1,700 games
to this effort. On average, every ship received approximately 20
games from among the 76 different titles donated. Many of the games
have been best sellers and have been critically acclaimed.
a commercial sponsorship agreement with the Interactive Digital
Software Association, more than 10,000 sailors serving aboard submarines
worldwide, are now enjoying the recreation and social benefits of
video consoles and numerous electronic games," said Kelly Powell,
head of the Mission Essential Branch, Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Division, Navy Personnel Command. "These consoles and games
provide sailors with a much-needed distraction and recreation during
the limited free time sailors enjoy on board submarines. The Sailors
of America’s Submarine Fleet send a sincere ‘thank you’
to the folks at Interactive Digital Software Association for their
thoughtfulness and kindness."
Xbox, NINTENDO GAMECUBE, Sony PlayStation? and Sony PlayStation
2® consoles were accompanied by games donated by: Acclaim Entertainment;
Activision, Inc.; Capcom; Crave Entertainment; Eidos Interactive;
Electronic Arts; Fox Interactive; Infogrames, Inc.; Interplay Productions;
Konami of America, Inc.; LucasArts Entertainment; MGM Interactive;
Microsoft Corporation; Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.; Namco Hometek,
Inc.; Nintendo of America; NovaLogic, Inc.; Sega of America Dreamcast
Inc.; Sony Computer Entertainment America; Take-Two Interactive
Software Inc.; THQ, Inc.; Ubi Soft, Inc.; Vivendi Universal Games;
and Working Designs.
Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Division (PERS-65), Navy Personnel
Command, is responsible for establishing, maintaining and improving
quality of life for Sailors and their families worldwide. The Navy’s
Mission Essential Branch, a component of the MWR Division, concentrates
on fulfilling the (QOL) needs of Sailors serving at sea, I.e., ships,
squadrons, and submarines.