Games and War


Reuters has a little article up about the glut of war games released and soon to be released during the war on Iraq. They also cover a little bit on games used to train soldiers.


Will war bring more war game sales?


The video game industry has plenty of direct links with the U.S. military. Last year, the Interactive Digital Software Association, a trade group for the U.S. industry, organized a drive to equip each of the 72 submarines in the U.S. Navy fleet with a video game console and 20 games each.

Games are also used for military training. Navy pilots in flight school often use a modified version of a commercial flight simulator game to hone their skills.

"One guy on the course used this program a lot and at the end they looked back and said, 'Holy cow, your grades are amazing.' They said 'How did you do it?' He said, 'I have this video game at home'," Lt. j.g. Steve Dean, a Navy pilot aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, told Reuters.

Taking the link a step further, the U.S. Army became a publisher last year with "America's Army: Operations," a free game intended to let players see what life is like in the military. Nearly 1.5 million people have registered to play.

"These games are recognized because trends show that events in media and entertainment tie back to consumers and video gamers," NPD's Ow said. "I don't think war's any different."

They mention that three of the top ten games during the last week of February were war games and expansions. That's not unusual regardless of the political climate but it should be interesting to see if there is a spike in sales of war games thanks to the current fighting with Iraq. Both Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield and Delta Force: Black Hawk Down offer an experience many may associate with what's going on in the real battlefields.

God knows there are plenty of "Osama hunt" and "Saddam must die!!1%)$11!!" servers running right now. 

- Certis


I recall vaguely that historically statistically there has been a big drop off in demand for war movies and what not after the end of a conflict. I think that is largely based on post WW II studies so not sure if it fits into the modern area.