Soldiers reportedly find current military simulations dated; Army investigating new program to find replacement for Bohemia Interactive's Virtual Battlespace 2.
The US Army and Navy are reportedly looking into ways to make virtual training more exciting for new recruits.
According to an article in National Defense Magazine, both the Army and Navy are seeking contracts for the creation of updated virtual PC simulation games that will look and play more like Call of Duty than the games already available.
"The industry needs to find a way to get past the older code that's sitting out there," Havok vice president of sales and marketing Brian Waddle told the publication. "[Soldiers] look at these simulators, and they don't take them seriously because they don't look as good as what they're playing in their living rooms."
According to the report, the Army is looking for a first-person, massively multiplayer online shooter to replace Bohemia Interactive's Virtual Battlespace 2. It is offering a contract of approximately $44.5 million over five years to the winning application, which must include the ability to integrate more players across larger landmasses and accurately re-create territories like Afghanistan.
For its part, the Navy is also looking for games that will be able to train sailors in specific tasks, including a training program that will run on Crytek's CryEngine 3. The Navy will offer three separate contracts of $100 million each.
Whatever happens to violent video games, oh, so it is ok for the world's greatest bully and murderer to have them.
get serious guy are u smarter than the army the can tell a really good shooter if the see one!call of duty is a likely candidate it has all the intensities u are likely to experience on the battlefield the campaign bears testimony to this fact!
So train your troops with COD if you like...
And watch the standard of your armed forces slip below virtually every other force on the planet.
"look and play more like call of duty", yes real war is exactly like call of duty where we run around bunny hopping to avoid bullets and jumpshot enemies with a shotty....
As sad as this is for Bohemia Interactive it will force them to give us (the non military) all of the VBS2 fatures in ARMA 3. I'm sick and tired of how cool VBS2 is of what it can do when compared to it's stripped down (heavily stripped down) sibling, the ARMA series.
I mean in VBS2 you can scuba, walk in airplane cargo area and shoot from a moving car. NONE of that you can don in ARMA1 or 2 unless you're some sqf scripting God. And even then the game engine will fight you.
Sorry for the rant.
just get ARMA 2 with mods... the things i see community does is so close to reality with all it's complexity, it's really amazing those things pass over the millitary's head.
not really sure why they waited this long. The popularity of FPS's could easily translate into higher military recruitment. Just hope any new recruits don't go over to Afghanistan and start calling al-quaida "noobs". ha ha
Guys, I don't think they will release the simulator to the public, its for training soldiers and navy personnel. Don't confuse this with violent video games.
@Juguard Yeah...Training them into killing machines, to be able to kill without emotions. I think its pretty fucking scary.
*Mockingly and raucously laughs, pointing cruelly at the military* ...Well we'll see how this withstands the building wave of anti-gaming policy...MY GUESS is that they who would love to see this nation destroyed will veto or otherwise choke such an effort...
haha our convoy simulator looks like mine craft, and i was the 1st person to kill everyone on the 1st pass
Oh look, the US army and navy want better video games; yet the politicians want violent video games banned or otherwise castrated.
Way to go, America; I hope these politicians are removed from office.
@DAOWAce They will never, i mean NEVER be removed from office. You have a better chance at winning the lottery than seeing politicans
1. tell the 100% truth
2. Care about the people they represent
3. All be removed from office
You hear that, devs? Your game engines are horribly dated if even the army thinks they're bad, and they'll continue to be dated until you abandon those weak consoles and stop making multiplatform games and focus on PC only and their superior technology.
@marinerzz Yes, because military personnel are the only people in the world who buy and play videogames.
They're not training people with these games, guys... They're more like promotional tools than anything, designed to get people interested in enlistment
I think what the Arma is saying is that they want the characters in their simulations to handle weapons differently. Like being able to run and shoot at the same time for instance. Also, graphics.
Let's hope Bohemia interactive will be at the helm of the project. I mean seriously, they've already got Arma 3, so they'll be able to modify the way the weapons are handled in it and then bam, almost the perfect sim.
"Soldiers need simulation games that look and play more like Call of Duty"
Call of Duty... A better military simulation than Arma?
@BuBsay lol they'll lose alot of men because soldiers playing a call of duty like simulator would probably think they could spawn... HAHAHA! nahh just kidding.. but seriously.. why not battlefield? i'm not a fanboy or anything but in CoD it just seems i dunno -______-
@BuBsay No, he means the graphics and the way the character handles the weapons.
And as for gun handling, the gun handling in CoD is so unrealistic it's laughable, where as Arma you get realistic bullet trajectories and ricochets etc. etc.
@Colekern @BuBsay Realistically speaking, do you really want to move more than 2 mph when you're firing a gun? I mean, if you can choose a target (at any range the gun will allow), adjust for wind and gravity while sprinting, more power to you. I've never fired a gun or been in a shootout before, but I'd like to believe soldiers are much more cautious (being stationary, taking cover,etc.) on the battlefield than the "run and gun until you die" seen in CoD since they've only got one life.
Only one Game came to mind when i read this article ARMA3 they should get the two game developers out of prison and let them finish making ARMA 3
@Monsta1217 They are already out of the prison. http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/01/15/splendid-news-imprisoned-arma-3-devs-released-on-bail/
Why don't they just play ArmA II? Or wait for ArmA III?
I don't think video games help train soldiers. The USA has some pretty bad combat training compared to the rest of the world, I think all they need to do is send less soldiers into the front lines of the Middle East and spend more time training them just like the used to during the Cold War. Video games are for entertainment, none of them realistically portray anything.
@AuronAXE Excellent said. I think this is highly pathetic that they actually play war video games in the military...Wich like you said, is just for entertainment purposes, and not linking them to real life.
@Wreexx @AuronAXE Nothing against both of you guys but the main reason why they have the simulations is to train soldiers to shoot at a terrorist and not hesitate. Associating it like a game makes it easier for the private to pull the trigger. And as for my experience, I have been to Afghanistan. This simulation was a couple of years ago but yes it was dated. I'm hoping the Arma 3 engine will do what others couldn't.
"simulation games that will look and play more like Call of Duty than the games already available"
lol CoD, yeah right
The first Team Fortness mod back in late 90s looked realistic. Realistic enough to make me laugh everytime I team killed a trooper!
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