Friday, April 21, 2017

Video Games Help Train Troops for War [VIDEO]

Still image from U.S. Army gaming tech video.
Video games have long been thought of as a childish pastime—or at least an empty endeavor. But they have for just as long been more than that. For instance, the U.S. Army uses them as a cost-effective way to train soldiers for war.

Gaming and simulators do not replace real-world training; they supplement it. One of the older examples of a virtual simulator is the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST). The Army has used the EST for years to assist in small-arms marksmanship training.

And on April 18, the U.S. Army released a video about the Mission Training Complex in Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. In the video, Captain Aubrey Dustin, Chief of Small Unit Training, talks about how and why the Army incorporates gaming tech into its training.

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