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US Navy Turns to Online Gaming to Fight Somali Pirates

Written on May 12, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The Office of Naval Research turns to the most common used tool for crowd sourcing tactical advice to fight Somali Piracy -- an online game.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is looking for fresh tactics in fighting the Somali Piracy. That said, the US Navy turns to online gaming to crowd source tactical advice. ONR’s Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet (MMOWGLI) will gather more than 1,000 players in a three-week scenario to deal with the complex nature of an evolving threat.

The MMOWGLI will definitely not look like Black Ops or Counter Strike, as the game is searching for adept gamers from academia, defense industry, government organizations, and other defense or naval-related fields. However, ONR welcomes anyone who wish to sign up. MMOWGLI’s gameplay is like posting a tweet, wherein gamers will have 140 characters to answer each question or scenario that has something to do with the Somali Piracy. They can vote each others’ suggestion then, or comment to improve them. The more ‘yea’ a gamer gets, the more points he can stack up.

By the end of the game, successful solutions to the piracy scenario could be applied to various global problems in the future.

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