The United States Army is expected to make a $50 million investment over a five-year period in video game development. Wired PR News.com – As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the investment will be for a “games in training” program set to begin in 2010.
As taken from the military newspaper, Stars and Stripes, the AP reports that the Army will track commercial video game trends and utilize technologies applicable to military training, without becoming competitive with the gaming industry.
The report further states that the Army will also replace currently used shooter training game “DARWARS Ambush” with “Game After Ambush,” which will be purchased and modified for more effective use. Trainers will be able to make adjustments to missions and other features while in use.
Video games are now widely used in the army for training and recruitment practices. “America’s Army” is noted as a popular military game that is available for the general public as well.
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