The United States Navy has begun crowdsourcing ideas for fighting Somali pirates through a new video game project. The game platform, called MMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online WarGame Leveraging the Internet—not a reference to Jungle Book), is the product of years of research, will include more than 1,000 military and civilian players, and is planned for launch on May 16. It marks the first major effort by the American military to integrate both crowdsourcing and gamification into traditional military wargames.
It was developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in order to test the feasibility of using massively multiplayer online games to help solve difficult strategic problems.
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Wow, does this mean I can simultaneously procrastinate, game, AND fight Somalian pirates from the comfort of my own home? Sign me up!
On the other hand, its cool knowing the Navy is using the collective thoughts of the internet to solve a real-world situation. This has been used for open-source software and even designing cars. I just never imagined it being applied to combat.