America’s Army and Today’s Lecture

So let’s just say that when it was mentioned during the guest lecture that we should google “Man imitates America’s Army. Saves life” …that I might have complied and googled just that. It’s pretty distracting to start sifting through and reading some of the articles about America’s Army and it’s success.
So to reduce your procrastination, I’ve attached the link below.

I also included the America’s Army homepage (I’m quite sure he said it was free to play?). It looks pretty damn cool.

On another note, I couldn’t help but notice the figures that Mr. Heneghan mentioned– using virtual/video game based tools saves an industry (medical, pharmacological, armed forces) MILLIONS of dollars in comparison to conventional/other training methods.
I kept sitting there and wondering “What in world is holding back these industries from jumping on these  tools?”

The best answer I could come up with holds one of the cardinal issues involved in decision making responsible– the Acceptability issue.
I’m guessing that Video Game based training would not be viewed as “training” by outsiders, but as “frivolous and mindless leisure time being wasted on child’s play THAT SHOULD be used learning how to do one’s job.”
Now that bigger and better games are being made (with actual success and statistical evidence to back it up), people are starting to turn their heads and say “huh…maybe it’s not such a bad idea.”

I hope that this shift continues, and that video games can be fully acceptable as excellent learning tools. I don’t think we are there quite yet…I mean, who in this class hasn’t had a friend/family member laugh when they realized that the video game you were playing was ACTUALLY prescribed homework for a REAL university course?

Personally, I know that some of these people were just jealous that they WEREN’T in this class. Those that were actually scoffing…well I guess it’s up to the whole class to prove them wrong.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

(now go play COD/ Skyrim/ *insert your chosen game here*) 
LINKS

“Man saves life with America’s Army”

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2008/01/americas-army-t/

“America’s Army”

http://www.americasarmy.com/

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. alissaampezzan
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:16:25

    Challenge accepted. Nice.

    Reply

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