Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The U.S. Army will spend $50 million to upgrade its video game training system. DARWARS Ambush, the current first-person shooter (FPS) video game, teaches soldiers how to handle ambushes and roadside attacks, but is limited in the number of players it can host. The new game in development, Game After Ambush, builds on it, promising to integrate real world data and allow trainers to modify the game on-the-fly. More specifically,
Soldiers will be able to drive virtual vehicles, fire virtual weapons, pilot virtual unmanned aerial vehicles and do "most anything a soldier does" in a virtual battle space as large as 100 kilometers by 100 kilometers
Despite the confidence of the Army in video game training for soldiers, work on Game After Ambush is expected to begin only in 2010 and finish five years later.
On the consumer side, the official Army video game America's Army lets regular people experience life in the military. Launched in 2002 as a recruiting tool, it has spawned 25 sequels and has become as popular as commercial video games like Counter-Strike and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six. There are over 9 million registered users
America's Army Screenshot