The important role of computer games in training soldiers for war will be explored in a large new exhibition, which allows guests to test their own shoot-em-up skills.
A special “gaming zone” will be set up at the Imperial War Museum in south London when it hosts the first UK exhibition to examine how virtual reality battles are influencing the outcome of actual conflicts.
Scenes from hit games such as Sniper Elite 5 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be featured in an exhibition of immersive war games, examining 40 years of “extreme entertainment.”
The show will challenge claims that playing violent video games only makes users insensitive to real-life bloodshed.
It aims to show how the skills gained from “first-person shooters” and military strategy games are being used in a positive way to shape modern wars.
Explained by Ian Kikuchi, Senior Curator, Imperial War Museums (IWM) i: “Shooting a Nazi in the head during a game will not make a person more likely to incite violence against the real person in front of you.
“War games are a very diverse medium. There are games that engage you in action and increase thoughts and sympathy for civilians caught up in war. That is why they are so useful to the British Army. “
Mr. Kikuchi referred to Virtual Battlespace 4, a military training simulator that can recreate any terrain and is used for mission rehearsals and situation planning.
There will also be an exhibition Six days in FallujahA first-person tactical shooter with real-life stories of marines, soldiers and civilians involved in the bloodiest urban war since the invasion of Iraq.
“It simply came to our notice then. It helps players understand the fears of war-torn Iraqi families, “said Mr Kikuchi.
War Games will have a new acquisition for IWM – an Xbox 360 controller used to operate unmanned aerial vehicle cameras in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The curator said, “It is often said that the use of remote control drones makes modern warfare more like a computer game.
A “retro” gaming zone will invite visitors to play 13 iconic titles Battlezone, Medal of Honor And Top gun On consoles from Atari 2600 to Sega Saturn.
However the War Games will also “invite visitors to investigate the tension between the game’s thrill and tragedy and its consequences in the real world.”
Explosive barrels and sniper rifles from shooter games will be introduced next to items in the IWM collection, such as facial prosthetics that were developed to ward off injuries caused by modern combat in World War I.
Items related to real people – such as Lore Engels-Meyer’s Blanket, who was evicted from her home in Berlin when World War II broke out – will be on display along with case studies such as Barry Me, My Love, a Nintendo Switch game. Syrian refugees seek refuge across Europe
Where games like 18-Rate are renowned for their critical features Call of DutySome of the films will feature “Voices of Conflict and Scenes of Computer-Generated Violence” with a warning to parents with children.
Mr Kikuchi, a World War II expert who has been a gamer for 30 years, said the show would challenge the “hyper-macho” reputation of war games.
The exhibition, sponsored by British gaming developer Rebelion, will show how Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Commander introduced a female protagonist in Farah Karim, the SAS-trained founder of the “Energy Liberation Force”.
War Games – its title is taken from a film depicting a 1983 hacked Cold War computer simulation that threatens to release the atomic Armageddon – battle video challenges marking the coming era of challenges.
“We have war and movie shows, so why not computer games? I hope that any skeptic who comes here will realize how vivid, diverse and powerful the medium is for telling stories of war and conflict, “said Mr. Kikuchi.
War Games: Real Conflicts – Virtual Worlds – Extreme Entertainment at the Imperial War Museum London, 30 September 2022 – 28 May 2023