ARMY BUILDS SIM EARTH

The U.A. Army is building its own massively multiplayer Internet game -- a Sims Online-like planet taken "from a real-world terrain database and... drawn to the same scale" as Earth, the BBC reports.So far the artificial world is empty -- only Kuwait City has been modeled. But there's more to come."The emphasis in the artificial Earth will be on human interaction rather than conflicts involving lots of military hardware," Robert Gehorsam, with the gaming company There, tells the Beeb. "Combat will be a part of the game. But it is also intended to let the Army simulate intelligence work as well as patrols, planning and working with indigenous populations. "(via /.)

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