Wired reports that the Army is setting up a new office devoted to video games. TPO Gaming "will focus on using videogame graphics to make those dull military simulations more realistic, and better-looking."
According to Training & Simulation Journal, the Army hopes TPO Gaming can centralize and streamline the use of gaming for training:
The creation of TPO Gaming comes as senior Army leaders worry that units are heading down to Best Buy to purchase video games for training. Maffey expressed concern at a recent conference that units were spending their training funds to acquire commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) games. “Units should not have to spend training dollars to purchase training simulations,” he said. “If Army units are expending training funds to purchase games, there is probably an unfilled training requirement.”“We do not want to tell the commanders in the field they cannot spend money and train with games. However, we do want to ensure that commanders get the best training tools and that the Army spends its limited resources wisely in the procurement of those tools,” Maffey added.
Millar said units should approach TPO Gaming with their requirements rather than go out and buy games. “I don’t have the authority to tell commanders what they can and cannot do. But what I do have is the responsibility to speak for the Army on what gaming technology fills which gap.