"Private security" firm Blackwater Worldwide recently mentioned working on a new pack designed to be dropped from a Blackwater "private security" airplane to troops in Afghanistan. The pack would include an Xbox 360, modem, TV projector, and a Guitar Hero game title.
Some have specualted that the motivation behind Blackwater's generosity may stem from the fact that the vast majority of Blackwater personnel comes from the US Army.
Blackwater recruiter James Overton came up with the idea of the Guitar Hero drop and stated, "Every place I've ever been to overseas, they've got like backgammon and Parcheesi and chess, and they're all gathering dust. But this is the stuff they play at home. And any semblance of home we can give them is best."
What do you think? Is Blackwater doing this out of goodwill or are they just trying to bait a flamewar by only dropping 360s?
UPDATE: Following our posting of this story, Blackwater contacted us to clarify a few things about the program to airdrop 360s with Guitar Hero to troops in Afghanistan. According to Anne E. Tyrrell, Director of Public Affairs for Blackwater Worldwide, the mobile gaming unit that has been developed was done so as part of a recent partnership between Blackwater Worldwide and the USO, where Blackwater has pledged $2 million to USO projects.