War Games

The military-industrial complex is rapidly becoming the military-industrial-gaming complex.

Computer games, like any hi-tech industry, have roots in military technology: there is a direct line from the first air force radar screen to today’s pixellated hyper-real images. The first videogames were made in the 50s and 60s, by scientists at Massachuset’s Institute of Technology funded by the Department of Defence. Until the mid-90s, the department was funding its own, clunky, game tools such as Simnet (for training tank drivers).

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