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Can a Video Game Help Stop Pirate Attacks?

Christine Lusey 2011/05/12 19:00:00
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If you're a gamer, you probably know what an MMO is (a massively multiplayer online game) or even an MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role-playing game), but have you heard of an MMOWGLI?

The US Navy is undertaking the ambitious project, a Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet, to help crowd-source ideas to thwart Somali pirates, or any other terrorists who take to the high seas.

Beginning May 16, the 1,000 players who've signed up via the MMOWGLI website will assume the roles of either members of an international anti-pirate task force or the pirates. Similar to an old-school text game - or a Choose Your Own Adventure novel - players are confronted with various situations.

For example:

"Three pirate ships are holding the world hostage. Chinese-U.S. relations are strained to the limit and both countries have naval ships in the area. Humanitarian aid for rig workers is blocked. The world is blaming the U.S. for plundering African resources."

At that point, players can enter their solutions. Other players vote on the answers, and whichever players earn the most points proceed to the next round.

“People with good ideas will win," according to Larry Schuette, director for innovation at the Office of Naval Research, which created the game along with the Silicon Valley nonprofit Institute for the Future.

Read More: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/05/navy-crowd...

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  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2011/05/12 20:21:42 (edited)
    No
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    +12
    this only helps if the pirates play by rules and the scenarios. last I checked they are not so big on either.
    I think this would be a little more effective
    helps pirates play rules scenarios checked 20mm rifle helps pirates play rules scenarios checked 20mm rifle
    the ammo compared to the smaller .50cal

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  • Greywolf 2011/05/13 23:54:26
    No
    Greywolf
    The only way to stop the pirate attacks is to kill them till they are 2 afraid to step outside the hole they use to hide in.
  • vocalrain 2011/05/13 17:43:19
    No
    vocalrain
    Getting ideas may be a start, but it's gonna take more than a few over-imaginative 40 year olds who still live in mom's basement to stop a real pirate attack.
  • no nickname 2011/05/13 17:18:26
    No
    no nickname
    you gotta be kidding me
  • lulzifer 2011/05/13 17:00:41
    No
    lulzifer
    "players can enter their solutions. Other players vote on the answers, and whichever players earn the most points proceed to the next round. "

    “People with good ideas will win"
    That is wrong. People with POPULAR ideas will win, because that is all a vote indicates: popularity. But the most popular idea may not be the best one.
  • DANNY_B0i♛ 2011/05/13 16:18:04
    No
    DANNY_B0i♛
    You cant point a controller at them lol
  • Rave 2011/05/13 15:57:44
    Yes
    Rave
    Probably not help stop them, but provide ideas.
  • Totink 2011/05/13 14:52:40
    No
    Totink
    Kids Kill In Violent Christian Videogame

    http://www.alternet.org/story...
  • JFukov Totink 2011/05/13 16:49:10
    JFukov
    +1
    That game had a pretty cool concept, but the gameplay was terrible.
  • Totink JFukov 2011/05/13 17:07:48
    Totink
    I haven't ever played it but I think the concept is a little nutty, but not any nutter than zombie killing I guess.
  • JFukov Totink 2011/05/13 18:06:30
    JFukov
    +1
    I think it's an interesting feature to penalize for killing enemies. As an avid gamer, I don't really think modern games provide us with the possibility to actually feel sympathy for the virtual enemy (with a few exceptions). Although here the punishment comes as a lost resource rather than actual feeling. The fact that the game is marketed as a "Christian" video game where you can kill people with modern weaponry is kind of gross, as it might have practically brainwashing impact for young gamers.

    I think video games are great for expanding ones view on the world. For instance, if you keep criticising Cuba, you might want to play "Tropico 3" and see how hard running a banana republic actually is. If you want to learn about medieval history and the religions part on political powerplay, you should play Medieval 2: Total War.
  • Totink JFukov 2011/05/14 01:21:14
    Totink
    Hummm, that's an interesting concept. I was just thinking about how neat it would be to go back and find a character in history, create the identity yourself (kind of an ancestry.com on steriods) be able to program certain personality characteristics and play away. Of course the temptation would be to always choose the obvious and famous people, but the more research you do you should be able to get more points or something.
  • Socrate... JFukov 2011/05/14 14:10:34
    SocratesIII
    Also by playing a variety of browsers then you get to talk and interact with people from all over the world and all walks of life. I have game friends from Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan India, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Brazil, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia and many more. I have traveled through or lived in 46 of the 50 states and all the way across Canada. The result is that i have a very Cosmopolitan World View. If you communicate you can work differences out and find out that you are more alike than you think.
  • JFukov Socrate... 2011/05/14 15:01:42
    JFukov
    I've been playing online games such as counter-strike since elementary school. I like to think that gaming has something to do with my english skill. It also introduced me to people all over the world. Well, all over the world where they play online video games.
  • JoeBtfsplk 2011/05/13 14:52:31
    Yes
    JoeBtfsplk
    target practice
  • SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX 2011/05/13 13:54:14
    No
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    +2
    Only the real military can stop the pirates.
  • U-Dog 2011/05/13 13:13:52
    No
    U-Dog
    +4
    So basically the game will work something like this

  • dave s U-Dog 2011/05/13 16:50:30
    dave  s
    +2
    very funny. one of my all time favorite shows.
  • EdWhiteSpace 2011/05/13 13:01:08
    No
    EdWhiteSpace
    +2
    People with 'good' ideas won't win. People with 'popular' ideas will.

    Nuking the pirates and telling China to 'screw' should be off the table in real life as it isn't a good idea. Chances are it would get a ton of on-line votes though.
  • SocratesIII 2011/05/13 12:59:56
    Yes
    SocratesIII
    Cool i want to do my part as an American Patriot
  • Michael Hertel 2011/05/13 11:39:01
    No
    Michael Hertel
    +1
    To stop attacks mount lasers with a 1 foot wide beam and enough energy to blind at the distance from which pirates would be effective with their weapons and then if they get too close blind them.

    several other possiblilites also occur to me, never ever allow a ransom to be paid, always storm the pirates and let them distroy the ship if that is what it takes. attach to the sides of ships remote controlled torpedoes which can be sent to intersept approaching attackers.
  • Euphonious Munk 2011/05/13 09:31:47
    Yes
    Euphonious Munk
    Video games help everything, just look how they've helped America get fatter.
  • Richie Yen 2011/05/13 08:59:35
    No
    Richie Yen
    +1
    whatever they do, the whole thing won't end unless the real problem is solved, and they, our dear? leaders, are not interested in doing so~
  • ELLIE 2011/05/13 08:13:56
    No
    ELLIE
    +1
    It is a gaaaame!!!! Not to confuse with reality.
  • SouthPaw 2011/05/13 08:12:46
    Yes
    SouthPaw
    It's worth a shot.
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/05/13 08:11:14
    Yes
    Myrle Hulme
    But I hope they can do something to these pirates as they are a scourge, two SA citizens were captured and the wan't something like 10 million to free them, where are these ordinary people going to get that kind of money.
  • RebornRepublicanBigot 2011/05/13 07:35:09
    Yes
    RebornRepublicanBigot
  • tony 2011/05/13 04:32:05
    No
    tony
    Can't they just arm the crew?
  • Topcount345 2011/05/13 04:19:12
    Yes
    Topcount345
    I believe it can. Two qualities that are important in any fight are strength and experience. The US Navy has the strength, and a game like this will provide at worst a small amount of experience.
  • flaca BN-0 2011/05/13 04:09:57
    No
    flaca BN-0
    +3
    The pirates are the pawns. They work for a rich fat guy who moves large amounts of money around, probably to outside of Somalia. how many guys are there in dysfunctional Somalia who can do that.
    This is a plain interpol detective job.
  • holdenf... flaca BN-0 2011/05/13 04:21:28 (edited)
    holdenferall
    +2
    You're right except for the fact that most of these fat bastards do live in Somalia, albeit outside of harms way. They build mansions on the coast.
  • Fannie 2011/05/13 02:44:24
    Yes
    Fannie
    if it has johnny depp in it.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2011/05/13 01:50:00
    No
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    +2
    Have Drones kill them. drones kill drones
  • Arizona... jumpboo... 2011/05/13 04:19:59
    Arizona1950
    +2
    That is a great idea!!
  • jumpboo... Arizona... 2011/05/14 19:33:55
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    +1
    Thank's
  • Job 2011/05/13 01:49:01
    Yes
    Job
    If they gave each pirate a video came and something to play it with, I'm sure they would be too busy having fun to think of any pirate attacks.
  • Telly Samba 2011/05/13 01:25:10
    Yes
    Telly Samba
    +1
    If only one idea that saves just one life comes from such an effort it is worth a try. War games have been an essential part of developing strategy ever since humans first began squabbling amongst themselves. Tapping the power of the internet and using an open ended format as is described in the article should bring forth many previously unforeseen strategies.
  • snyski 2011/05/13 01:22:50
  • aazeen 2011/05/13 00:58:45
  • Blip 2011/05/13 00:54:16
    Yes
    Blip
    +2
    It seems federal agencies now have the "ask the crowd" lifeline.
  • MOJ 2011/05/13 00:16:51
    Yes
    MOJ
    +1
    YES!!!!!!!!

    Lets train our kids to shoot a pirate before they learn how to talk. Excellent tactic

    (Though i was sarcastic in my previous sentence, this is a very appealing idea, at least to me)

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