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  • XBOX 360 controllers helping out Japan's nuclear situation

    Microsoft's XBOX 360 Controllers helping the Fukushima Nuclear Plant recovery effort.

    Japan's getting help from all over the world, especially in the relief effort of the troubling Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. They're even getting help from Microsoft in a nearly a way aside from the donated technology from all over the world. With the Japanese government working around the clock to cool the nuclear cores and contain the problem, outside sources are lending a hand, like QinetiQ, a company from here in the United States that build robotics for situations like these.

    QinetiQ deployed its unmanned Talon robots in Fukushima alongside a number ofCBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) detection kits. The kids are designed to have the robots to i.d. over 7,500 environmental hazards like chemicals, hazardous wastes, and other dangerous elements. The Talon robots, while though are unmanned where they are, are controlled nearly 1,000 feet away by Xbox 360 controllers. you might have seen them in the news over the past year, serving in the military operations.

    While Japan is not a full Xbox 360 gaming culture like Europe or North America, Japan is greatly embracing these robotics and their controllers in helping getting the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant under control.

  • Canadian Military using games for military morale booster.

    Canada using video games to boost morale

    A while back, the Canadian military had a garrison outside of Montreal opened a requisition for $25,000 (Canadian, that would be nearly $24,800US) worth of video games. People in the military scratched their heads in confusion wondering why they would ask for such an unusual proposal, but the info has now been made public. They're gifts for soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

    Canada's Ministry of Defence (that's how it's spelled) followed up with the Canadian Press, who reported the story about the earlier experience, to inform the public that they wanted to buy 500 video games (including 93 copies of Gears of War) to be a morale booster to the two Canadian bases in Afghanistan. Since there's around 500 Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan, that's almost a game for each one.

  • Video game warfare a soldier does not make

    Industry News - You can't train a soldier with video games!

    Former US Marine and Iraqi Freedom veteran Benjamin Busch has come out with his opinion on the new Medal of Honor in his essay to National Public Radio (NPR). He discusses the creative changes that Medal of Honor has made in its latest game, such as changing "Taliban" to "Opposing Force"
    "I honestly don't like that Medal of Honor depicts the war in Afghanistan right now, because "€œ even as fiction "€œ it equates the war with leisure of games...change the name of the enemy doesn't change who it is"

    He went on to include that Medal of Honor cannot train its players to be actual skilled as special Ops, nor can it convert anyone into Islamic fundamentalism and that the game is to make modern war into a participatory cinema because that is what the creators do as a business.

    I took away from his essay that Benjamin is basically saying you cannot really hide from what something is truly about. Opposing Force whether it be in Modern Warfare, Medal of Honor, or whatever game is a representation of Islamic fundamentalists such as the Taliban or any of the cells of Al Queda regardless of what politically correct term you are going to call it. And that while we should recognize the truth behind the slapped on label of "Opposing Force", we must also recognize that these are forms of entertainment and far, far away from real training of those brave enough to serve our country.

    Sources:

    http://kotaku.com/5661732/former-us-marine-medal-of-honor-turns-war-into-participatory-cinema

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130435221

    Written by Evil Ambassador - Geroncio Copiozo

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