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In some ancient Greek drama, an apparently insoluble crisis was solved by the intervention of a god, often brought on stage by an elaborate piece of equipment. This "god from the machine" was literally a deus ex machina.
Few modern works feature deities suspended by wires from the ceiling, but the term deus ex machina is still used for cases where an author uses some improbable (and often clumsy) plot device to work his or her way out of a difficult situation. When the cavalry comes charging over the hill or when the impoverished hero is relieved by an unexpected inheritance, it's often called a deus ex machina.
Originally Posted by Akilles
Actually, never mind killing monsters in FPS, the biggest thing now is Ghost Recon, where you are the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS!!! Oooh!), and you take out the other human players, who are the terrorists.
In terms of army training, games like this are only getting more and more realistic. If you believe in that type of thinking. I think it goes a long way in making people think guns are 'cool' instead of, 'If I never see a gun in my life, I'm happy'.
I think its funny, whoever said that Americans have too strong a will to be taken over by a 'group', and that they are divided makes them stronger. What if Arnold Schwarzenegger was the leader of this group? He's just an innocent bodybuilder, honest!
It sold well, but nothing close to what a game with that potential (groundbreaking graphics and gameplay) should of sold. You ask anyone the top 10 fps games and only hardcore gamers will tell you DX.
OH, and training doesn't have to main full simulation. In fact, you just said pc games aren't training tools yet you mention a computer with a helmet as a means of training. That is basically the same thing, and the way games are training is how to assess and react in tense situations.
A great example would be the military's own game, America's Army which was created as a simulation of the military expieriance along with learning abit about the arsennal (got to love having to fix your M4 after 30 rounds fired). Also, the military is making another game to improve upon the sim effect to encourage recruitment.
And by training, don't take it to the full literal term. It isn't as if playing these games will turn you into a full fledged killing machine but quite the opposite if you don't play it right. You may end up finding a nice big gun and forgetting all about the recoil effect or you'll run into a firefight thinking it's that easy to avoid bullets.
At the same time, there are those that play games so good that in combact, they'll be using their tatics of stealth and evasion to survive much better.
Also, you learn to conserve ammo (unless you cheat) and in some games, learn that automatic may not be as good as a single shot. This is how games train, by adding some knowledge without saying it directly because if they did, the game would never hit the shelf. Then of course, you got the military now taking matters into their own hands on this.
Originally posted by makavelli
If all you wanted to do was shoot down deus ex and criticize every line I wrote, then go right on ahead. What you've stated is an opinion, a rather vague one that not to many will agree on.
By having you argue that computer games are in no way involved with influence on the mind along with educating anyone, your saying that any progress made through computer simulations is worthless and one must perform the actions rather then press a few keys to get it done.
The other thing is that 3D shooters serve one big, hidden purpose: to mentally and morally nurture kids and young mens into becoming perfect military slaves... brainwashed even before they make it to boot camp. They are being programmed for years into shooting mutants, aliens and monsters (always archetype of "foreigners"... may they be communists, chinese or arabs) in a virtual reality that always looks more and more real to them (thanks to great CGI work) and into linear plots which leave no room for questionning and critical thinking, so what have you got at the end of the line? A bunch of little sociopaths that are'nt even able to question authority and the very reasons why they do waht they do. Stupid drones and potential killers.
I'm 50/50 with you on that, but only on the physical part because it's true, no game can ever offer a full expieriance of anything. However, a computer game serves better as not only a training tool, but a practice simulation to get ones mind to take into these concepts (such as firing a weapon and so on). Not all games give unlimitted ammo, in fact none do unless it's on very easy but on difficult levels, you'll have to play a game smart before accomplishing anything
and the same can go for combat situations (such as doing something more professional then you would've if you'd never expierianced it before).
Simulations are all the same, and the only difference with your computer and helmet one is that is a phsyical excersise while a computer game is mainly mental.
If you don't believe me, who would be more dangerous with a weapon. A person who play's games like counterstrike and other shooters all the time or Person B that has only read about combat but never before had seen or been involved (figuring that both have the same expieriance on everything else). I'm pretty sure person A will end up lasting longer then B only because person A is more natural in that they'll seek cover and fire a gun better then one that has no expieriance prior, regaurdless if they've ever used a gun or not.
What I'm trying to say is that games in a way affect the mind, like any movie or book, but in a more directive way that one can learn easier from simulations rather then reading. Oh and just before you begin to cry fowl and say "BUT I TOLD YOU THATS NO SIMULATION", this is the definition:
In no way does it say a simulation has to be a full physical and mental expieriance, so stop trying to shoot that down. First person shooters of games that simulate what it's like to shoot a weapon and kill people.
IF it's not, then tell all those driving and flying schools to throw out those PCs that have flight and driving simulators since their worthless I guess, right? Granted, shooting an alien may never happen, but the simulation of aiming and firing is applied. Don't take the whole game as my concept to a simulation, but only what some of the actions are.