How the Military Uses Video Games

unityThe military is using video game design theory for some training programs, not just “the fancy, realistic, virtual world experiences, but also the built-in use of frustration and reward.” (And similar training packages were adopted by Unilever, the giant corporation which owns Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.)

“I know I’d feel better about job training if it felt more like killing zombies,” adds the interviewer of this game-engine CEO, who says research actually supports games as a teaching tool. Electronic Arts sponsored some large experiments in schools about teaching kids with Sim City and The Sims, and “The conclusion was that they taught them really well… You’re not actually reading the rules of the game; you’re kind of feeling them and internalizing them.”

Some companies now conduct team-building exercises using “Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter,” and game design is even being used to build tax software. “It has to be the most boring field, but I mean that’s the point. You can make it slightly challenging and give people little reasons to play these tax tools – beyond, you know, not going to prison!”

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  • Josh

    Your title doesn't make any sense, The military is only mentioned once in passing and is not even the focus of the article you cited. Pretty much all of the article relates to training employees using edutainment and interaction rather than spreadsheets. Besides, the fact that the military uses virtual simulations to train troops is about 2 decades old. I'm not sure what the point of this post is as it really doesn't argue or inform about anything and is really pointless.

    • Mr. Man

      Disinfo members just love to post propaganda about the military. Most of the info you hear on here about the US Military is liberals defaming the Military. As both a Liberal and a Army Infantry vet, I quite frankly, object.

      As you stated Josh, the Army (the only branch I have personal experiance with) does use simulations produced by computers to train its troops. They're really piss poor for training, which isn't too suprising considering the Army and its “throw money at it until it works” policy.

      Now, the Army does have its own free game, called “America's Army” that is a blatant recruitment tool. The fact you get it from the Army's own official website is the first hint. The whole site is one recruitment ad after another, and is not trying to hide this. The game is apparently trying to recruit the Counter-Strike crowd.

  • Artor

    The disturbing part is the revelations in the Wikileaks film of the massacre in Iraq by US thugs acting like they were shooting zombies for points in a video game. I wonder where they learned that from?

  • http://www.1juegosfutbol.com Juegos Futbol

    America’s Army is a game that the US Military made like a decade ago, to incentivate and recruit new soldiers to fight in real life. I read an article about this and it remarks the benefit in money saving that the US government has about publishing a game in comparisson with all the military advertising that they made in the country to get more recruits.

  • http://www.1juegosfutbol.com Juegos Futbol

    America's Army is a game that the US Military made like a decade ago, to incentivate and recruit new soldiers to fight in real life. I read an article about this and it remarks the benefit in money saving that the US government has about publishing a game in comparisson with all the military advertising that they made in the country to get more recruits.

  • Alexisdreatori

    It’s really great that the army utilizes the power of gaming world. Games can help improve the mental state and awareness of a soldier.

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