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Australian Navy wants to play video games

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(Credit: Invenio Engineering Solutions)

The Australian Navy is looking into using video game technology to help train sailors.

It's not the first military body to do so — the US Army has been using video games for years, including a modified version of commercial first-person shooter DARWARS Ambush to train soldiers.

The Royal Australian Navy is looking at a program called REFINE (Realtime Engineering Fleet Training Interactive Naval Environment), developed by Invenio Engineering Solutions, based on the 3DVIA game engine by Dassault Systemes.

REFINE puts naval cadets in a simulation of the ship on which they will serve, where they will perform such tasks as operating navigation equipment, putting out fires, launching the ship's boat, responding to damage control and responding to a call to action stations.

And, one day in the future, if you're really good at video games, you'll be whisked away to head the defence of an alien civilisation. Nah, we're just kidding. Or are we?

Anyway, have a look at REFINE in action in the video below. It doesn't look as fun as Starfighter ...

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inveniodave posted a comment   

Hi Michelle.

The following site will provde some detail:


gregory.opera posted a comment   

The Australian Army already uses "video games" to train its soldiers, at least to some extent... For example, a component of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) Initial Employment Training (IET) involves a "game".

I'm not sure about higher up the food chain, but at a digger level, there appear to be mixed opinions about just how useful this really is...


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

Wow, thanks for filling in a few blanks! Can you tell us more about this game?


gregory.opera posted a reply   

It's kinda like Second Life with vehicles, weapons and other military-related stuff.

Surprisingly, it's not really all that fast-paced, though I think this may be by design in order to give the guys more time to consider and discuss their in-game actions.

Unfortunately, due to the security concerns of this day and age, I cannot tell you too much more... I'm sure you'll understand.

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