DARPA asks gamers to test submarine-tracking simulator

By Emil ยท 14 replies
Apr 6, 2011
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  1. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the US Department of Defense responsible for the development of new military technology, wants gamers to test its submarine-tracking simulator. If you think you can best an enemy submarine commander so he can't escape into the ocean depths, you're invited to put yourself into the virtual driver's seat of one of several Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Tr...

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Sounds like fun! Or it could get boring... gah can't make up my mind, I'll just have to try it.
  3. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 381   +86

    this is so awesome that they are doing this, whether or not it is fun for gamers!
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Gotta give this a shot...
  5. The DARPA chief died on shadow moses island.
  6. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Now this is my kind of beta testing. I wonder if they need help with any of their other military projects.
  7. Cheap solution if you dont want to pay analyst or engineers etc.
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    That and analysts can only dream up of so many solutions. The more people you have attempting to provide a successful solution for a particular pattern, the better the algorithm hopefully will be. And what better way than to provide competitive people a chance to vie for a leader board position.
  9. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Kinda gets you thinking about Toys with Robin Williams
  10. when is Metal Gear Rex going to be released DARPA? I'll gladly test play it for you :D
  11. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Downloaded this simulator, played around with it a little. Got lost all the time, tricky controlling, no guns blazing... no depth controls for the submarine. Or was there?

    As a game, nah... I rather play Bulletstorm. But as a simulator, it's probably the best simulator I've seen.
  12. DARPA needs a mirror, I'm downloading at 20KB/s
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    :haha: That's the first thing i thought when i saw this thread.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,527

    The zip for this is only 323MB. I'm thinking that the scenery data files are a fairly redundant call.

    Is it as good as the M$ Flight simulators?
    It came down "full blast" for me @ a thundering 124KBs. Although it does seem a bit facetious calling anything about my 1 meg DSL connection, "full blast".
  15. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Haha, no even those are more exiting :) - sure says a lot come to think of it. The developers sure *tried* putting some excitement into the game.

    Enemy Submarine! Class Alpha Foxtrot BBQ! Origin: Unknown! (=Russia). Geez.

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