Can Tinseltown's War Games Train G.I. Joe?

The U.S. military is getting help from Hollywood pros and computer-game designers in creating virtual combat simulators

The stupefying special effects of movies such as The Matrix gave tens of millions of moviegoers a cinematic jolt. Now, the military hopes to tap into these effects and the stories Hollywood weaves around them to create the ultimate in war games. In November, the U.S. Army signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Institute of Creative Technology (ICT) at the University of Southern California to build cutting-edge combat simulations.

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