War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict

War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict

Corey Mead

A behind-the-scenes examine how the army makes use of online game know-how to coach infantrymen, deal with veterans, and attract new recruits

How does the U.S. army teach its infantrymen for brand spanking new sorts of armed clash, all in the constraints of reduced protection budgets? more and more, the answer's state-of-the-art online game expertise. Corey Mead indicates us education classes the place infantrymen adopt multiplayer “missions” that try out wrestle abilities, increase unit unity, and educate cultural know-how. He immerses himself in 3-D conflict simulations so convincing that they go away his middle racing. And he indicates how the army, which has formed American schooling greater than the other strength over the past century, fuels the adoption of video games as studying tools—and recruitment come-ons. Mead additionally information how the army makes use of video games to organize squaddies for his or her go back to the house entrance and to regard PTSD.

Military-funded researchers have been heavily concerned with the computing advances that led to the discovery of the web. Now, as Mead proves, we're poised at the threshold of the same explosion in online game expertise. War Play finds that a lot of tomorrow’s instructing instruments, remedies, and entertainments are available in today’s military.

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