US security think tank recruits COD creator

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COD of the future

Game developers have to predict the future – with games taking years to make, they often have to guess about trends and requirements many years down the line. Now, COD: Black Ops II creator is getting asked to predict the future for real – the future of warfare.

Former Pentagon official and member of The Atlantic Council Steven Grundman was amazed when he watched his son playing COD. In fact, he was so impressed that he has recruited COD: Black Ops II creator Dave Anthony to join a group of experts to help him analyze how armed conflicts could evolve in the 21st century. In a statement, the council explained their choice of Anthony:

Writers, directors and producers and other artists bring to bear observations derived from wholly different experiences in the creative world. They can ask different kinds of questions that will challenge assumptions and status quo ways of tackling some of todayโ€™s toughest national security problems.

What is Anthony’s prediction? That ISIS loyalists will attack soft targets on US soil. Hmm, I wonder if that means that we should get some exoskeletons to protect ourselves. No way, that’s Advanced Warfare.

It’s awesome to see game creators taken seriously in this context. I hope that they have something valuable to add to the council and help the think tank see alternative perspectives. However, it still seems a bit weird to me – isn’t all of this based on fantasy? Isn’t gameplay designed to be realistic enough to be immersive while unrealistic enough to be enjoyable?

Last Updated: September 30, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Admiral Chief 0

    NANOSUITS!!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      CAMPING!!!!

      • JJ the Reus

        LOOOL

      • Mossel

        If I had to go to war I’d camp the fuck out of some cave. I wont even move my crosshairs, just wait for someone to walk past and snipe them!

        • JJ of Meridian

          Pansy. I’d run up to tanks with C4 in my hands, because, you know, that’s what people do. ;P

          • Mossel

            And as soon as someone shoots at you, you drop to prone and melee them in the foot!

          • JJ of Meridian

            Sounds legit. Hopefully if they do kill you though you’ll respawn in a jet and get some revenge.

        • Weanerdog

          Sniping, mostly laying on an uncomfortable surface not being able to move, having to pee in your own clothes. Dehydration is also a problem in hot environments, at least then you don’t have to pee so much. You don’t really get to eat when waiting for the shot. Also you actually get to watch the target take the shot, so that might just have some impact on your psyche. Also once the shot has been taken you would normally be hunted and guess what, there will be a whole army just looking for you, so you might want to leave that cave. No the best job if you have to go to war is the desk job for the high command or be the quartermaster.

      • Guest

        I can see that happening or this in real life

      • Can see that happening or this

      • MakeItLegal

        o/

  • Umar

    Sure, lets ask the guys that give their characters beanies for their input on real warfare….

  • Hammersteyn

    ISIS doesn’t have a Navy ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Not yet. But COD creators are very advanced in aquatic intelligence trends.

  • Jedi Consular Kromas

    Pentagon … hires someone for a twitch shooter that is completely unrealistic over someone from a combat simulator like say ARMA.

    lol

    • Weanerdog

      Why would they want someone from a combat sim, they have real soldiers to draw that info from. The are after his over the top ideas.

      • Jedi Consular Kromas

        Just feels a bit like a classic SA move. Like hiring a Banking CEO to run the police force.

        Then again America has a plan and a budget for a zombie apocalypse so … meh.

  • oVg Definitive and Remastered

    Where is Tom Clancy when you need him ๐Ÿ™‚
    RIP
    He predicted Ukraine’s invasion 6 months before he died.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Janee TC was the original war-predictor

    • JJ the Reus

      We need a new Rainbow Six.

  • Hammersteyn

    If they take his advice seriously it might be a good idea to avoid the police entirely if you’re a certain demographic.

  • Umar

    Also, people seem to want more and more realism in their games. What was the tagline for FF XV again? Fantasy based on reality? I see people lose their minds because you can hide in a box in Metal Gear Solid. You take that filthy unrealistic crap out of our virtual world!

  • JJ the Reus

    I just hope they know that running up to someone with a knife while they’re shooting at you is not recommended in real life.

    • Mossel

      20 bullets in the chest vs a knife in the foot! Knife wins 10/10 times!

  • oVg Definitive and Remastered

    He should have gone to the creators of Generals.
    The first time I heard the word Drone was in 2001

    • JJ the Reus

      Well I actually didn’t know what drone means until I had a long conversation with Rince. Trolololo

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol BOOM!

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        trololol! love it!

  • Jedi Consular Kromas

    Hire someone from EA.

    DICE. “Add C4 to planes and crash into tanks”
    Bioware. “War can only be won in one of three colours”
    Westwood ” …….. ” (cause they dead)
    Maxis ” Put your enemies in a pool and remove the ladder”
    EA ” Sell them guns without ammo or clips then sell them clips but no ammo then sell them ammo but make sure the ammo is bugged”

    • JJ the Reus

      Ubisoft: “To reload weapon, please install Uplay.”

      • Jedi Consular Kromas

        Steam “Attack them the day after a sale … they won’t have funds for the war effort”

        • JJ the Reus

          Haha. Sounds about right.
          Indie developers: “Let us remind you how much fun it can be to only have one gun, from the 1800s”

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            Sounds more like Sony and MS. “This is our latest weapon. The AK-74”
            Rest of the world. “Uhm … we had that ages ago”

            :p

          • JJ of Meridian

            Only with Sony and MS it’s usually not as much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Admiral Chief 0

            …sounds like Apple….

          • JJ of Meridian

            But I’m sure Apple guns can shoot around corners, seeing as how they can bend.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Nah, you have to use them like a silly boomerang type mechanism

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Bungie: “We’ve planned for this war to last for 10 years, it might be boring now but just you wait.”

      • JJ the Reus

        Blizzard will probably force you to always have a wireless connection to the base and if it drops you die.

        • Mossel

          LOL your rifle needs wifi connection, otherwise Error 37.

          • JJ of Meridian

            Hahaha

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Just remember to remind him that character deaths greater than zero is a very bad thing because respawning is limited.

  • Rags

    But will the pentagon counsel take the Reaper threat seriously?

    • Jedi Consular Kromas

      No that is why me MUST establish Special Tactics and Recon ASAP. (And also recruit someone called Shepard.)

  • Darren Peach

    That’s it. We are all doomed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sentient_Slug

    Ahem.. Anyone else smell a ridiculous Activision pre-sale publicity stunt? Such convenient timing for this to happen the them.

  • Sageville

    Zoe, testing how many different fonts she can use in one article….

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