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Would Pro FPS Gamers Make Better Soldiers Than Non-Gamers?

lxskllr

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Might help a tiny bit, but it won't overcome poor physical skills. Just a touch more polish on developed skills.
 

IronWing

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No, hell no, with a side order of nope.

Do gamers give a single f' that every NPC on their own side died?
 
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MrSquished

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It's like asking if a kid who can do pretty good on some cooking themed gaming app can be a better chef than a trained chef.
 

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They might be better at marksmanship but probably not ready for boot camp.

Interestingly, old war vets do love their Call of Duty.
 
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lxskllr

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Yup, that's about what I had in mind. I was pretty sure I had read about a study that said something similar, but I only had a weak grasp of the details. I read stuff all over, and it's been awhile. I'm not sure that's exactly what I read, but video games can have benefits on real life performance.
 
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They might be better at marksmanship but probably not ready for boot camp.

Interestingly, old war vets do love their Call of Duty.
they play entirely different too.
I played a BF2 project reality mod game with a bunch of real marines.
Stay together as a group, move as a group, move to exactly where the squad leader tells you to move.
Don’t randomly fire your weapon or you will get a steaming to.
 

MrSquished

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There was that game the army or some military branch developed or was involved in its development, to help with recruiting if I remember right. Fuck if I can remember the name without googling it.
 
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There was that game the army or some military branch developed or was involved in its development, to help with recruiting if I remember right. Fuck if I can remember the name without googling it.
ARMA made some simulators for the military
There was also the Army FPS which I forgot the name of. People used to say it was pretty good.
 

zinfamous

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It's probably a decent way to hone maybe 3% of the necessary skills. But nothing more.
 

SamQuint

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I would love to see a bunch of gamers running around bunny hopping all over a battlefield. And of course see a IRL tea-bagging!
 
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SaltyNuts

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LOLOLOL! This might be the best thread of all time! Yes, your basement living pasty white controller button mashing inverse bicep having self would make a good real life warrior. You just cant make this shit up lolol....

No seriously, I'm sure you'd regulate shit lol. :)
 

pmv

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Well, they train surgeons for keyhole surgery with computer simulations, do they not? And apparently my own recent surgery involved a 3d computer model constructed from an MRI scan being used to guide the surgeons.

I mean, my immediate reaction to the OP was a snorted 'no!'. Shooting people and being shot at (not to mention lugging heavy pack across long distances and all the other heavy physical labour) is clearly a very very different thing from mastering a keyboard and mouse. But then again, when warfare sometimes involves sitting in a control room remotely-piloting a drone, I wonder if there isn't more of an overlap than there once was?

I mean, it's less games getting more realistic than, maybe, some aspects of warfare becoming more game-like?
 

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