There aren’t a lot of jobs that would allow (I said ALLOW) you to play MMOs at work. This should come as no surprise, though; clearly there are reasons for that. There are, however some careers that welcome massively multiplayer online gaming as a part of their work week. Video game designers. Blizzard employees. Escapist Magazine reviewers. The Navy.
Yeah. You read that right. The U.S. Navy.
Ah-ah-ah, not so fast shipmates. This doesn’t mean you can abandon your proverbial (or in some cases literal) ship and hop online to help your guild blaze through the next dungeon.
Okay, lemme explain.
No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Introducing the Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet (MMOWGLI) exercise. Ha. Only the military could create such a crazy acronym for an already complicated acronym to describe online gaming.
MMOWGLI is a joint effort between the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Institute for the Future (IFTF). It’s an online game designed to crowd source ideas and strategies that may provide insight into some of the Navy’s toughest problems.
Combining the military mission with online gaming, MMOWGLI creates an environment where players are asked to share new ideas and collaborate with others to earn innovation points and win the game.
The em2 MMOWGLI round that’s currently being played is an effort to generate innovative ideas advancing the Navy’s capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum.
“em2 MMOWGLI is my first crowd sourcing experience and an idea that I viewed with skepticism before joining the fray,” says Gerald O’Donnell, concepts developer at Navy Warfare Development Command. “Experiencing the game has made me a believer.”
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