Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

America's Xbox Army: The Game's Development Team Has Produced Effective and Engaging Virtual Learning Tools for Force Protection, Adaptive Thinking and Leadership, and Convoy Surivavility, as Well as Applications Ranging from Mission Rehearsal to Modeling Advanced Weapon and Fire-Control Systems

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

America's Xbox Army: The Game's Development Team Has Produced Effective and Engaging Virtual Learning Tools for Force Protection, Adaptive Thinking and Leadership, and Convoy Surivavility, as Well as Applications Ranging from Mission Rehearsal to Modeling Advanced Weapon and Fire-Control Systems

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AMERICA'S Army declared war on the fictional country of "Ganzia" Sept. 27 when it launched "True Soldiers"--the latest evolution of the popular Army-sponsored computer game--for the Xbox 360 gaming system.

Players create a Soldier, go to basic and advanced weapons training, then deploy to Ganzia, an American ally overrun by a rebel militia. Each mission comes complete with a set of battle orders providing background information, objectives and intelligence.

"True Soldiers" accurately depicts the Army, from the smallest unit patch to the shadow of a Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. Army officials said. Players can even give each other "coins" for saving a battle buddy and receive awards for valor.

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Training and marksmanship tests reflect real Army standards, and uniforms, guns and other equipment model the real things.

"We have all these weapons in our studio and artists can actually model them and texture them to make them look as real as possible," said Mr. Randy Greenback, creative director for the game. "Thanks to the Army, all of our developers were trained on how to load and fire weapons, and we actually went out and did some training at Fort McClellan, Ala. We put everything we learned and experienced into the game."

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The game focuses on leadership and teamwork, so groups play together as units, but players may also participate individually. "We have a very intelligent enemy and they will do advanced maneuvers," said Mr. …

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