Amongst the numerous stands of software developers, carmakers, and engineering institutes at the video games convention in Cologne, attention was drawn by the stall where the fatigue-clad soldiers manned the German army.
With a stand which boasted ultra-fast games and a helicopter simulator, the Bundeswehr, the military of Germany has sought the Gamescom fair for bidding to recruit the computer-knowledgeable potential soldiers.
There is a clear call to arms behind a ‘Centre of Cyber Operations’ sign with a logo inspired by keyboard in the colors of the German flag.
An officer of army communications, Nils Feldhoff told AFP that they are searching for people who have specialized in IT, those who have an interest in computers they are knocking at the right door.
A lot of gamers of young age, visited the stand at the Gamescom convention, making an attempt to try their hand at the flight simulator of the army or to check their reactions on a 2 player game.
But, the army personnel was very watchful for checking the difference between the violent military-based video games and the reality of life in the ranks.
Feldhoff stated that they have a straightforward educational mission, they firmly make an attempt of separating the virtual games from reality by properly guiding any interested young person that this isn’t any video game.
If any gamer is interested in becoming a soldier due to high interest in weapons, this is not a fascinating argument, he told.
Attracted towards the rare stand, Lucas Heilmann, a nineteen years old computer enthusiast stated that he gave the answers to some questions about various networks, programming languages, as well as databases.
The broad campaign by the army of enlisting computer-savvy youngsters is inclusive of a series of posters themed around computers.