More Than Just a Game, but How Close to Reality?

April 4, 2003 | Source: New York Times

As video war games gain popularity throughout the armed forces, some military trainers worry that the more the games seem like war, the more war may start to seem like a game.

The possibilities of networked computers, combined with an increasingly remote-controlled military like the one Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has vowed to build, have spurred interest in adapting the architecture of multiplayer games like Everquest and Ultima to create a “persistent world” for training and perhaps more.