The Army Experience Center in a mall in Philadelphia is a teched-out wonderland with a Black Hawk simulator and military video games galore. But the Center is closing its doors after two years, even though the Army says its stint at the mall was a successful one.
American video game companies often charge a monthly for their online games. But they're starting to adopt the business tactic of their Asian counterparts: Let them play for free, but charge for the virtual weapons and outfits.
Instead of hiring more workers, businesses are buying lots of new equipment and computers to help employees that they already have to be more productive. This spending did help push the economy a bit up in the second quarter -- but how long will this strategy help the economy?
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