These Real Soldiers Are Being Trained On Amazing Video Games

The use of glorified video games to train military personnel is nothing new, but traditionally, it's been pretty stodgy stuff, not really the kind of thing casual users would be particularly jealous of.

This stuff, though, I am jealous of.

Laser Shot is a company that specialises in providing military training gear to clients like the US Army and Navy. In terms of software they use VBS2, a highly flexible and realistic simulator based on Bohemia Interactive's ArmA II and something we've spoken about before here on Kotaku.

What's cool here, though, is the hear Laser Shot uses. Soldiers aren't trained using a mouse and keyboard. They're trained using replica firearms and even replica vehicles, all rigged up to the software in elaborate virtual reality-like systems.

There are sniper systems where actual rifles use modified scopes that are plugged into the "game". There are "multiplayer" systems where squads can practice combined arms tactics. There's even a little replica Humvee, where a crew can work together on everything from their driving to manning the machine gun up top.

Needless to say, while these are serious in intent, they also look amazing to someone who would just want to jump in and play with them. Especially that sniper one. Looks like the world's most badass / comfortable arcade gaming experience.

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    Since when was training people to kill other people "cool"?

    I hate this world.

      The author may have meant that the technology behind these training tools is cool, not necessarily what it's ultimately for. I find this stuff amazing and enjoy playing Arma 2, but as strange as it may sound, I'm quite disgusted with real wars and would never support one.

      I Dont think that it is the 'Killing' part that is appealing to him, more the fact that professional soldiers can be trained to do their jobs using a glorified video game.

      Death, is what animals deal in, its a self regulating system, without animal directed death, humans would never be the dominante species, so yes, death by humans is essential, the reasoning behind who kills who, however is something that needs to change.

    this is not new at all, in fact its quite old technology. We have been using this in the ADF since before 2000.

    I almost thought I saw "who's shooting in cherno?" pop up in corner of that opening shot

    hang on the army is training this soldier to kill people?! OMG! :O

    as horrible as war is, it happens, it always has and always will. We just got to deal with that.

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