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It will be a role-play, scripted performance through avatars

The U.S. Navy has been looking for ways prevent sexual assault within the military, and it landed on the idea of using video game avatars. 

The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has decided to employ a video game company to create avatar-based sexual assault training for sailors in the U.S. Navy. The training aims to protect sailors (mostly women) from sexual advances from others, and helps them learn how to deal with these issues if they arise. 

NAVSUP is paying game and animation company Organic Motion Inc. a total of $83,000 to develop the training system. That's $23,000 for computer hardware, $16,000 for each avatar and script and $4,500 each for two training sessions. 

Organic Motion will be bringing its Live Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) software to the table, which will allow sailors to create holograms that they can roleplay with. It uses advanced motion capture technology to take a sailor's scripted performance and turn it into projected character animation in real time. 

It works by creating three avatars, where each represents a Navy recruit playing in the game. Each will also be assigned a script written by Organic Motion and the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), which they must act out. The avatars will perform these verbal and non-verbal cues with the other avatars as a way of showing appropriate and inappropriate ways to handle a sexual assault.  

Organic Motion will launch a pilot program for the avatar training system over a three-month period, where Recruit Division Commanders (RDCs) -- who train Navy recruits -- will learn the software in order to teach it to recruits. 

"I believe that an avatar-based system will dramatically improve the overall quality of training provided to our instructors and students," said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Naval Training Command. "In concept, an avatar-based system can be created with such remarkable realism that it suspends the disbelief of the participant, thus enabling more realistic role-play scenarios that are commonly used to instruct interpersonal skills."

"The pilot is intended to show that avatar technology can help leaders recognize emotional distress and build mentorship and counseling skills when dealing with sensitive topics, like sexual assault. Because our people are the foundation of our success in the Navy, strong interpersonal skills are fundamental to our profession."

The contract for the avatars was awarded on July 19, and the first avatar must be developed within 25 days of the award date. The third avatar and script must be sent online within 90 days.

Just last month, the House of Representatives passed a $638 billion defense bill that includes punishments for members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault. It requires a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for those convicted, and higher rank officers found guilty would be dismissed of their positions. Furthermore, military commanders would not be able to overturn convictions in rape and sexual assault cases.

Here's a demo of Live Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) software in action. This particular demo showcases a number of scenarios including an armed terrorist situation:

Source: CNS News

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RE: Brilliant Concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2013 1:01:45 AM , Rating: -1
Sorry but this is the pragmatic reality of the situation. I'm not "blaming victims" at all, don't pull that shit with me. And there's nothing "sexist" at all in my statement.

Can't rape co-workers at work just because you are "crammed together"

Right that's totally what I was saying. That it's cool to rape people when you're horny and stuff. Thanks for totally NOT taking me out of context buddy...

Congrats on pulling up your soapbox and scoring politically correct points, while contributing nothing.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By bigboxes on 7/27/2013 1:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry I couldn't have raped somebody while I was in the Navy to help prove your point. As far as being pc, give me a break. Maybe you're just a sexist. I've worked with female co-workers in the Navy and civilian life without raping them. If I ever caught one my shipmates raping a fellow shipmate I would never say, "Guess you shouldn't have worked with a bunch of horny men on a ship!" No, I would have kicked his raping @ss and then testified before a court martial as to why this sh!thead should be dishonorably discharged and then sent to Leavenworth.

Maybe you don't respect women, but I do. On my ship, my ranking PO was a woman, as was the Master-At-Arms and the Executive Officer. Times change and guess what? You can no longer get away with raping your female co-workers just because you are in the military. Let me know how that defense works for you when you say, "Your honor, I raped her because I was horny and crammed in a cubicle." Enjoy your cell with Tyrone.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2013 1:35:16 AM , Rating: 1
I've worked with female co-workers in the Navy and civilian life without raping them.

Why do you persist on making this point? You're making it sound like I'm saying the Navy is just full of rape-minded savages.

See? All you want to do is get on your soapbox, insult me, call me sexist, and make comments that take me wildly out of context.

All the while ignoring that the Navy, obviously, has a serious issue on their hands. Come on, video games are going to eliminate sexual assaults?

Maybe you don't respect women, but I do.

Bla bla bla. How's the view from up there looking down on everyone? Are you just using this as an opportunity to make yourself feel so much more superior than me, or are we going to tackle some real issues here?

RE: Brilliant Concept
By conq on 7/29/2013 8:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
I'm optimistically confident a lion's share majority of those in the military would agree with you. But it takes far less than <<1% in the military to create a scandal and commit 1000's of crimes. To make matters worse, those in command are taking far too much liberty in excusing the perpetrators which just exacerbates the problem. Honestly those commanders should face harsh punishment just as well for "sponsoring" the crimes.

and I think this game avatar crap is nonsense...

RE: Brilliant Concept
By maugrimtr on 7/30/13, Rating: 0
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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