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Think tank hires 'Call of Duty' creator

September 29, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

The Call of Duty franchise is very popular with gamers. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Kenny Louie
The group is tasked with advising the Pentagon on possible threats that could arise in the future.
Dave Anthony, creator of the phenomenally successful video game franchise, will be joined by several other authors, screenwriters and artists in a new initiaitve by the Atlantic Council think tank to better envisage the type of wars that might be fought in the future.

The idea came about when former Pentagon official Steven Grundman observed his son playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II and realized how realistically it portrayed a possible future conflict.

"It occurred to me that the perspective of artists on this question is compelling and insightful, and itís also different," he said. "One feature that struck me was the combination of both familiar technologies and novel ones."
Games like Call of Duty are themselves often devised through brainstorming sessions involving a number of experienced and creative minds. It's exactly this type of thinking that is thought to be what the Washington think tank needs to help envisage future threats that nobody has considered before.

"Writers, directors and producers and other artists bring to bear observations derived from wholly different experiences in the creative world," the Council said in a statement.

"They can ask different kinds of questions that will challenge assumptions and status quo ways of tackling some of today's toughest national security problems."

Source: Russia Today | Comments (19)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by taniwha 8 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
what i got out of it is that instead of focusing in any other field , they are focusing on war and all it's possible outcomes and ways of winning.why? Well, the price of failure is pretty high. why is war so important? i believe there will be i time when we will perish as spices and it will be hell of a lot better on earth. So, you are saying we should pre-emptively attack the spices before they take over?
Comment icon #12 Posted by jarjarbinks 8 years ago
I got a 5.1 K/D ratio, all the perks unlocked and a xbox mic, feel free to contact me and i'll give you advice, for a price. xboxtag : swagboyXxX69
Comment icon #13 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
What's scary is the game inventors came close to a real situation. I can imagine every country with avid gamers and/or inventors doing the same thing. Sooner or later a "what if" may look like a "can do" to some of our enemies.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aten 8 years ago
Yeah your right, I mean I mostly only use salt & pepper
Comment icon #15 Posted by The_Sensual_One 8 years ago
Well this is funny. I play Call of Duty every day. Take advice from gamers like us.
Comment icon #16 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago They will, however, take advice from the guys who make the gamers shell out their cash.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Shooter McGavin 8 years ago
What a waste of money. Call of Duty has been the same BS, since Call of Duty 4. It's the same ol stuff yearly. What ideas could they offer that haven't been in the games?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Parsec 8 years ago They will, however, take advice from the guys who make the gamers shell out their cash. Indeed, no offense, but they're interested in the puppeteers, not the puppets. If they need cannon fodder, then they know where to look for.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin 8 years ago
As long as it isn't Treyarch..

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