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New USS Iowa Museum Gets Help From Online Gaming Site

The battleship USS Iowa has a new role as a memorial and educational museum docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA. Decommissioned from service in 1990, the ship was refurbished and a dedication ceremony was held at its new home in San Pedro CA on July 4th and the museum is now open to the public.

Getting the ship into museum shape took a lot of political wrangling and some outside cash from corporate sponsors, the most interesting (to us) is online gaming company Wargaming.net.

The company makes the awesome World of Tanks and the upcoming World of Warplanes and World of Battleships and has agreed to use its gaming technology to create battle simulations as part of the ship's tour.  As a bonus, visitors will visit a gaming center to try out some of the company's projects.

Some of our older readers probably won't like that, but face some facts: the videogame industry is doing more than our country's school system to teach kids about military history.  No one wants to pay taxes at a rate that would allow the U.S. Parks Service to spend the cash required to create this kind of educational tool, so we're glad to see Wargaming.net step up and enhance the experience.

Wargaming.net North American General Manager Jeremy Monroe talks about the efforts on behalf of the Iowa and CEO Victor Kislyi talks about the rise of WWII online  games in the GamerLiveTV videos embedded below.




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