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US army creates videogame training unit

US army creates videogame training unit

The US Army has announced that it will be investing at least $50 million USD in games as a training device.

The US Army has announced that it will be investing $50 million USD in videogames by 2010 as it launches new game training centres across the US. The money will be spent to train soldiers in new, virtual environments.

"The Army takes this seriously," said Lt. Col. Gary Stephens, of the Project Executive Office in a comment to Stars and Stripes (Via Kotaku). "We own gaming for the Army — from requirements through procurement."

The Army will be establishing 70 new games training centers across the US, Germany, Italy and South Korea by September 2009, with each centre having 52 computers and assorted peripherals such as steering wheels and headsets.

Using the new dedicated technology, which will not be made available publicly, participating soldiers will be able to drive vehicles, fire virtual weapons and command unmanned vehicles in a massive virtual battlefield, promised Project Director Leslie Duvow.

The game will apparently seek to replicate typical battlefield situations, from urban warfare to convoy escort and ambush response.

As well as using the new software and installations, the military has a currently undisclosed budget to purchase or develop a successor to the current technology and has promised to keep a close eye on current gaming trends to help predict how this money should be spent.

Does anyone else get the feeling that the US Military is basically getting payed to do a huge Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 LAN event? Let us know in the forums.

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plagio 24th November 2008, 12:43 Quote
It make sense for commanding UAV's and stuff like that.
thefriscokid 24th November 2008, 12:45 Quote
I thought FSW was what the US army used to train their soldiers?
The Infamous Mr D 24th November 2008, 12:46 Quote
Whatever happened to training exercises with all the joy of having being awake 72 hours straight, going waist-deep in freezing cold ditchwater, and eating mouldy biscuits and lukewarm bags of dog food?

Real combat and warfare is an experience that can't be simulated. That $50 would have been better spent on keeping the troops actually fighting warm, fed and safe.
Burdman27911 24th November 2008, 13:07 Quote
I doubt that the joys of real training will go away. The virtual training would probably be supplemental. I get the feeling that virtual training is cheaper than the real thing, and therefore, the soldiers can have more time being trained. But that still doesn't mean the real thing won't be used; as you said, you can't simulate the real thing.
markwalker84 24th November 2008, 13:13 Quote
It's hardly a game is it?

Its a virtual simulation / training environment. It's not like there will be God Mode cheats, Monsters and zombies to shoot and 13 year old kids pwning and calling each other n00bs.
GregTheRotter 24th November 2008, 13:30 Quote
Lol, I can just imagine, ..

**BOOM HEADSHOT!!!

*NOW DROP AND GIVE ME 20, YOU DIED SOLDIER, THAT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN!!
GregTheRotter 24th November 2008, 13:31 Quote
DOH, you get the idea. US Army Lan party woop woop.
liratheal 24th November 2008, 14:03 Quote
See.

I want to play these kinds of games because they sound fun - I'm a big fan of realism with things like this, but preferably without the 'join the army' stuff..
Phil Rhodes 24th November 2008, 15:02 Quote
"Paid".

"Payed" is, in that context, a piece of delinquent txtspk which belongs alongside "rediculas" and "unfortunatly" in the sin-bin of YouTube Comment English.
UrbanMarine 24th November 2008, 15:19 Quote
The Army needs all the training they can get ;)
Mongoose132 24th November 2008, 15:39 Quote
Grammar mistake :o
Payed = Paid? :p
Red 5 24th November 2008, 21:29 Quote
Some place, some time, not so far away, a soldier trained by video games lays in a field hospital.

Sergeant: "What the hell was going through your mind, boy?"
Private: "I thought that, if I fired from far enough away, nobody wouldn't notice they were being shot and would just stand there."
johnmustrule 25th November 2008, 01:29 Quote
???????special hardware?????? -wierd
Hasn't the US army been spending money on this sort of training device for ages? addmitably the implementation seems more individual this time, I'm looking forward to seeing a discovery channel special on this.
Volund 25th November 2008, 01:34 Quote
wasn't there an article about two weeks ago with the army using WoW for something??

they are really reaching imo...
docodine 25th November 2008, 01:53 Quote
It's only $50 million, calm down.

We spend what, $10 billion per month in Iraq?
salesman 25th November 2008, 03:05 Quote
"We own" the army. Now I know who keeps owning me.

:P
chrisb2e9 25th November 2008, 03:39 Quote
ha, 50mil, I bet the states goes father into debt every day by that amount just because of the interest on what it already owes!

(note the sarcasim)
Amon 25th November 2008, 03:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
ha, 50mil, I bet the states goes father into debt every day by that amount just because of the interest on what it already owes!

(note the sarcasim)
Not if they goldfarm with the Chinese and Koreans.
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