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German Military Uses Gaming And VR To Enhance Learning

Gamescon is Europe's biggest gaming convention, with 350,000 people visiting the convention in Cologne over five days.

The German military is using virtual reality and computer gaming to educate the public and improve their awareness of the armed forces. 

Gamescon is Europe's biggest gaming convention, with 350,000 people visiting the convention in Cologne, Germany, over five days.

The Bundeswehr Karriere, the employment arm of the German armed forces, was at the event, which also included an engineering simulator for the Eurofighter Typhoon. 

Chief Master Sergeant Tom Heise told Forces News: "We are from a technical school of engineering for aircraft maintenance personnel and we have a research programme to figure out if we are as useful for the training of aircraft maintenance personnel.

"Game-based learning is very good for the training because like in a school, young people when they are playing or in a game, they learn a lot more than on a sheet of paper with information, so we also want to use this possibility of education.

"We came to Gamescom because the students we have are of younger people. Visitors of Gamescom are probably our next students and we have a lot of gamers here.

"They are familiar with the different types of gaming and the types of controlling and they give us tips, or they give advice.

"We also look around [Gamescom] to see how other companies work with this simulation and to show that the Air Force is a modern company and use modern technology for education."

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