The U.S. Navy solicits players for ‘massively multiplayer online war game’

Remember back in 2011, when the U.S. Navy rolled out the world’s first MMOWGLI — that is, massively multiplayer online wargame leveraging the internet? We do, since that piece was penned by our own Justin on Old Massively back in the day. The idea at the time was that the Office of Naval Research wanted to draw upon gamer skills to work through training programs for everything from pirate attacks to hostage situations, ostensibly helping the military wing generate new ideas and observations for dealing with real-world crises.

Now, Frankengadget reports that the Navy is launching an updated version of the program that asks players to interact in a browser-based game to battle the AI that are totally going to eventually take over humanity, thereby giving the Navy new strategies to cope in a “post-Singularity world.”

Of course, now they’re just calling it an MMOWG — massively multiplayer online war game. Shall we play a game?

Source: Navy via Engadget. Thanks, Onyx!
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socontrariwise

So this is where the defense budget goes yes? Pay for MMO’s simulating AI overlord fighting – instead of paying for meals on wheels for the most vulnerable?

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styopa

Wow was that a load of…meh.
Was it supposed to ‘feel’ like a TED talk? I think it was, but it sort of came off as underbudget (which, if this truly was DoD, is impossible).

Really, that was 11+ minutes of complete balderdash.

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Manastu Utakata

I was on the Missouri. /wiggles pigtails

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Schlag Sweetleaf

do you play chess ‘Uta?

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Manastu Utakata

Used to play Battleship too! <3

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Schlag Sweetleaf

How about Pente then?.. your move <3

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Manastu Utakata

It looks like Go. O.o

But I am a little disappointed. I was more expecting to see animated Steven Seagal gifs in relation to pink and pigtails from you in reply. :(

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Forgive my lack of clarity.I was asking if you would like to play a game of Pente. I’ll handle the visuals, you just name your coordinates for your move.(i.e. E7, G5..)
If it’s not your thing, I completely understand .

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Mr Poolaty

Idk wtf I just watched on that video… I mean was there some subliminal message because nothing made sense to me…

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jay

That video comes across as one of the many scam video’s out there. They use a lot of theory, without ever actually mentioning what they actually want. Yes the video is interesting, but nothing new or mind blowing there, but after watching it. I’m left just sitting here going, “ok, so what are they actually asking from people”

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mysecretid

Since somebody’s likely to mention it anyway, the standard tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory here is that this game is all an elaborate means of identifying technological savants and the tactically gifted, and recruiting them into the service of the US military.

I’m not saying that I believe this, merely that this is the usual conspiracy angle on the subject.

Also, Justin Bieber is a space alien :-D

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Sim

Ender’s Game, folks.

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McGuffn

You need more tinfoil. The real conspiracy is that it isn’t a game at all, and you’re actually controlling a remote killbot.

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imayb1

They need good drone pilots, right?

semugh
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semugh

how about a nice game of chess?

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Schlag Sweetleaf
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Schlag Sweetleaf
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Rheem Octuris

If there making an MMOWGLI, they should probably stick to the bear necessities.

miol_
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miol_

Maybe some more panthering to the target audience wouldn’t hurt either!

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BalsBigBrother

1. Don’t put it near light, especially sunlight, it can kill them.
2. Don’t let it get wet with water nor give it any water to drink nor bathe it.
3. No matter how much it cries or begs, NEVER feed it after midnight.

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starbuck1771

Even though MOWGLI was the focus of Kiplings the Jungle Book I see where you were headed. I shall call you Gizmo from now on Bal. lol

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BalsBigBrother

Yeah I saw what Rheem was going with just my mind went in a different direction when I saw the acronym :-)

Cyclone Jack
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Cyclone Jack

You beat me to it. :)

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Melissa McDonald

wasn’t that America’s Army or whatever the Army game was called pretty decent and reasonably successful? I’m pretty sure I read that when it was a current thing. Concentrated on giving people a realistic view of what basic training tactics, rifle range, etc., procedures and all that, it was seen as a recruiting/preparation kind of tool by many. Who’s to say this isn’t a training ground for kids to learn to solve problems in realistic ways that they might actually participate in one day as men, a situation where they already know protocols? I don’t have a problem with it if it is. Sounds like a good idea really, if we’re going to have a cyberwar, we better train cyberwarriors as well as riflemen.

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starbuck1771

Yes it was the game is still going after 15 years. The current version proving grounds is available on steam. https://www.americasarmy.com/

miol_
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miol_

The video and its rhetoric feels like it’s from a canceled SyFy TV series!

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Nordavind

– Hello Internet, we need you help with something navy stuff.
– What?
– Here is the navy problem.
– Okay.
– And here are the navy constraints in which you should solv..
– Yeah, fuck that, we’re going to do this our way. ALL BOARD BOATY McBOATFACE TO SAVE THE WORLD!

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Doubleplusgood

They are not prepared and not ready for what they are asking for…..

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starbuck1771

I believe they are ready and know what they are doing.

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rafael12104

I knew that all of these years playing MMOs would pay off!

So, when do I get my first check?!

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starbuck1771

You should check out some of the multi-million dollar simulators the military uses for recruitment and training. They even had state of the art simulators in 1989 when I was being recruited into the 1st Armored Brigade at Fort Riley, Ks.

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squidgod2000

After reading some more about this, apparently they’re just posting problems on a forum and crowdsourcing solutions. Sounds like a great game that will in no way devolve into a clusterfuck of trolling, hate speech and endless political debates.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I dont know why my post ended up here squidgod2000, was not meant to be in reply to your post….

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