The US army has started to train its soldiers with war games. Even the USA, which established an e-sports team for the army, brought discussions with it.
The impact of war games on soldiers has been the subject of debate around the world for many years. To investigate this, the Pentagon broadcast Halo Infinite on Twitch last month and pitted the Air and Ground Forces against each other. Here is the US military’s approach to war games.
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In recent years, many countries have established e-sports teams for war games and multi-million dollar tournaments have been organized. The participation of military members in these teams also created some concerns. The training of real soldiers in war games brought controversy.
While many people were discussing the effects of war games such as Call of Duty and Halo on people, interesting ideas of the US military came to light. Increasing its investments in augmented reality, artificial intelligence, automatic and unmanned weapons day by day, the US army became a matter of curiosity as it ‘added’ young players to its team.
People who play games can be more practical at processing information, according to Ray Perez, a program officer at the U.S. Office of Naval Studies. “Video games can change the structure and organization of a person’s brain,” Perez said in a statement.
However, it should not be overlooked that some officials are opposed to the effect of war games on soldiers. Jon-Marc Thibodeau, who works as a medical chief at a US military base, said that young soldiers playing games are physically unfit for the army. He even called these soldiers the “Nintendo Generation” .
But a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showed that video games have changed the way the American people view the military. According to the report, 16- and 24-year-old citizens “are warm to the idea of joining the military”.
As war games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield and Medal of Honor become more realistic, it is inevitable that they will be preferred by military institutions. The popularity of online games on platforms like Twitch indicates the need for an innovative approach to training soldiers.