Posted by lex, on May 12th, 2011
In search of inspiration fighting piracy in Somalia, Navy is turning to Massive Multiple Online WarGame Leveraging the Internet, or MOWGLI.
In the game, players act as naval officers or commercial ship crews to fight pirates in situations similar to real life pirate-fighting escapades. And you don’t have to just be a “good guy,” you can of course be a pirate if you so choose.
The goal of the game is to either protect sea lanes, launch sea attacks and run hostage rescue missions, depending on your role within the virtual environment.
The U.S. Navy hopes to gather new ideas of ways to tackle pirates based on gameplay. Currently only around 1,000 military personnel and some specially chosen civilians will be able to fulfill their childhood dreams of being a pirate, I mean, playing the game.
I would submit that history books could also be instructive.