Tags: Navy | pirates | Internet | gamers

Navy Enlists Web Players in War Games vs. Pirates

Monday, 16 May 2011 03:31 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Call it gamers vs. pirates. The U.S. Navy is reaching beyond its traditional arsenal of ships, Marines, and SEALs to combat Somali pirates and seeking out the wisdom and skills of Internet gamers, The Washington Post reported.

Somali pirates, Navy, Internet, gamers
Navy-supplied photo shows Somali pirates.
As part of a project called MMOWGLI, which stands for Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet, the Navy will bring together a mix of government and outside experts using virtual simulation and social media. The players will work to respond to a series of scenarios involving ships high jacked by Somali pirates, the Post reported.

The game will not involve virtual commandoes skulking through dark and stormy docksides taking out bad guys, turning instead to video clips and storyboards, posing problems such as, “Three pirate ships are holding the world hostage. Chinese-U.S. relations are strained to the limit and both countries have naval ships in the area. Humanitarian aid for rig workers is blocked. The world is blaming the U.S. for plundering African resources,” the Post reported.

Players are then asked to propose twitter-length, 140-character solutions, with participants then voting on the best, Jason Tester, a game designer from the Institute for the Future, told the Post. Following rounds of the three-week game will have teams developing action plans for the most popular ideas.

The Navy is attempting to harness the benefits of online “gamification,” the strategy of employing game-play mechanics. More than 7,000 people have signed up for MMOWGLI. Developers had expected some 1,000 would sign up for the $450,000 pilot project, the Post reported.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Report: Administration Likely Knew Some Obamacare Subsidies Illegal

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 11:40 AM

The recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit that the implementation of Obamacare is illegal has uncovered the possibility that . . .

Poll: Most Americans Think Illegal Immigrant Kids Should Stay

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 11:25 AM

Seven out of 10 Americans believe that the thousands of illegal immigrant children should be treated as refugees and all . . .

Legal Experts: Executive Order on Immigration Tough to Challenge

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 11:02 AM

When President Barack Obama picks up a pen to use his presidential powers on immigration reform, he's likely to have a c . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved