Wednesday, February 01, 2006


"During the 1980's.DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) and the U.S. Army developed simulators for tanks and vehicles that were integrated in a local network, a muliuser virtual environment."(Penny) So as we can see even the Army is using computers to desensitize the troops and get them prepared for the "real world". Hell it even says the the Navy is using the SIMS to model oganisation of terrorist cells. So my question is, why aren't more computer simulations used in the world? For example, what if simulations were used for drivers ed. Yes every kid thinks they can drive but test them with a simulation before they have to go onto the road. What if you had to use a program like the Sims to run a business for a econ class. I'm just saying if the army can use simulations maybe the educational world could use more simulations. It might prepare students for the real world if they could interact without having real consequences.


At 4:56 PM, Blogger Yildiz said...

I think internships fill in that requirement of educating students and giving them real world experience.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Mark said...

The biggest reason there are not more games is simple. Cost. It sounds silly but the companies that could benifit from this can afford to develope these tools. Yes crashes and accidents cost more money in the short term but in the long run i would thing the cost/benifit ratio is what stops more companies from developing simulation software.

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Curtisgeist said...

There is an important difference between the somatic trainnig of flight and similar simulators dealing with controls (trained actions are directly linked to machines which would behave in a manner similar to the simulators) and simulations involving disassociated factors (ctrl+a = shoot a humanoid sprite using a shotgun) and god-like simulations, which are not somatic.

Furthermore much of the more controversial use of video games mentioned (doom-like etc.) where it exists, is either experimentation of very likely negligible effect, but more often is actually an advertising device or hook.

And its not boot camp, this guy's watched too many Vietnam war films, its basic training--and that's what it is, basic training--oh my God they make beds!

At 6:25 PM, Blogger JK said...

Mark... But I still love 'Tetris' for my killing time. :)


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