Considering the day, we figure this story is appropriate.
According to GamePro , the United States Army is funding one hell of an advanced military simulator, and they're going to utilize something familiar to gamers: Crytek's CryEngine 3, the same engine that was used to power Crysis 2 .
This new combat simulator will cost $57 million, but it'll give soldiers an experience that goes well beyond current gaming. The Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS) from tech company Intelligent Decisions will let soldiers train "within a photorealistic video game environment that features real weather conditions, squad interactions, and advanced motion sensor technology for full 360-degree movement in-game." By January of next year, the Army should have 102 systems in operation around the world.
Said Floyd West, Director of Strategic Programs, Orlando Division of Intelligent Decisions:
"What we're trying to do with infantry squad-level training is suspension of disbelief, and the CryEngine 3 is the best video game technology on the market today. With CryEngine 3 being used for Crysis 2 and the capabilities that game engine provides, it allows us to make the most realistic simulation possible. We're able to transport soldiers to accurately recreated locales like Afghanistan and Iraq, where we can simulate everything from visuals to 360-degree sound."
C'mon. You have to admit this is cool .