Today I want to give a heads up on Michael Peck's article "Battle of the Video Games" (page 32 of the print version, December2009/January2010 issue) ...
Apparently, America's Army 3 (AA3) has lost its competition with Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2) to be the official soldier training tool of the US Army . Reasons for VBS2's win are many and the article cites:
- Ability to mod the simulation
- Interoperability with other simulations
- Simulation of battle command systems
- Large maps
These passages of the article cracked me up:
The Army itself seems curiously ambivalent on what games its soldiers should use. In the old days, instructors would head down to Best Buy and get whatever game they thought would work.
"We lost because it didn't [AA3] have enough water towers or cars with orange bumpers" -Col. Casey Wardynski, the guy who conceived America's Army in the late 1990sCheers,