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 Nov 29, 2004 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* Canadians building Naval Training Video Game

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Canada's Navy is taking a cue from the US, who've been doing this sort of thing for years: they're building video games to simulate combat situations.

The idea is to get the officers some "experience" but without the cost of full-scale simulations, to make the training experience more streamlined and efficient. Similar to how our boys get practice times on flight simulators using MS's Flight engine.

Of course, since it's military, it's slightly more expensive:

Hazen says he would like to develop a game showing a model of a Halifax class frigate that comes under attack while it's tied up alongside a pier.

"[The video could] then have some other sailors perhaps act as pseudo-terrorists."

Making a virtual cruise on a warship before sailors attempt the real thing has been tried before. Instead of sailors learning the art of navigation with a real billion-dollar frigate, they first learn the ropes with on a computer generated ocean.

A typical video game costs under $100; the navy is going to spend $40,000 to have a 3D frigate built into a battle game.


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