For some time, video games are not only intended for entertainment in the living room, but have also reached various specialized departments in real life, with uses for technical, strategic and military purposes.
In this regard, the US Air Force has helped organize an eSports tournament designed to help its members better prepare for complex combat situations.
For this project, the Air Force is partnering with MITER (a nonprofit company specializing in national security) to launch a tour aimed at helping active duty Soldiers to “better understand mission logistics choices and priorities while under attack from enemies”.
The tournament is called “GameX: Generation Mission Under Attack” and is dedicated to the video game “Drone Guardians”, which will require teams of participants to defend an airfield from enemy attacks.
The tour will be held at three different locations beginning in the second week of October, namely at Shaw Air Force Base (South Carolina), at MITER’s headquarters in McLean (Virginia) and at the company’s regional office in San Antonio (Texas).
According to what has been reported by the organization, the game will mix common elements of shooting, strategy and puzzle exercises, forcing soldiers to deal with a wide range of attacks that come from land, air, sea, space and even cyber attacks. , which can also happen all at the same time.
Players will have to work together to prioritize which area to defend, while keeping the airport operational for combat flights.
“Teams must make mission-critical decisions,” reads the description of the video game on the MITER group’s official website, “such as to give priority to the preparation of aircraft for departure rather than the defense of the air base, or the development of a strategy”.
Also, the participants in the game must make sure during it that they have the necessary supplies to complete the mission.
The game is designed to help the Air Force gather data that can help keep real-world air bases safe and supplied, saving the lives of those tasked with protecting them.
“Even without the intervention of an adversary, military logistics networks can be fragile and chaotic and have points of failure, creating opportunities ripe for attack. As militaries plan and execute the movement, supply and maintenance of their forces, they will likely already be under attack in the next global conflict. GameX uses military and civilian participants to see what logistical decisions will best enable them to accomplish the mission.”
Eliahu Niewood – MITER Air Force and Space Vice President
However, the US military is not a neophyte in the field of video games, as it actually has a long history of video games applied to training.
In one of them, a Super Nintendo game was used in 1993 specifically to help the military train soldiers in shooting. The Army later teamed up with Raytheon to create a virtual reality combat simulator that tracks a soldier’s body movements.