Simulating the real with a gamified lens advances national security needs.
Florida Southern College Interactive and Game Design students attended the largest modeling and simulation conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
With $134.9bn annually spent globally on entertainment video games, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation Conference (I/ITSEC) utilizes similar gamified techniques to address national defense needs. Several national defense governmental agencies and companies such as Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman were in attendance.
“This conference offers a taste of the wildest technological innovations with purposeful applications specifically related to serious game industries,” Associate Professor of Interactive and Game Design William Allen explained.
I/ITSEC features a wide range of immersive training and learning experiences through augmented reality, virtual reality, and extended reality. "Walking into the show floor was a jaw-dropping experience. It was amazing to see and try out all of the applications VR and simulation have in other fields, such as military, medical, and engineering services," Interactive and Game Design student Austin Kessler stated.
Students interacted with industry professionals and experimented with several synthetic environments used at the highest level of national defense. The new B.F.A in Interactive and Game Design continues to introduce students to broad applications of gaming.
Allen says there’s no better time to study Interactive and Game Design than now.
For more information about the conference, check out these links: Lockheed, Raytheon