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[THG]Craig Sawyer, ret Navy SEAL, does gaming Q&A with Toms Hardware

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I found the interview entertaining and informative. 11 Pages or so with good pics. Made me reflect a little on my own years in service as a 11BP in comparison to my favorite games (ie- BF3)
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Craig Sawyer: Hey, happy to contribute! This will definitely be a kick! As far as realism and gaming style go, I like to consider the objective at hand: "What's the game for?"

If it's a realistic training environment we're after, then of course I'd be looking for accurate weapons representations and appropriate tactical judgments for each mission or scenario. If we're instead looking for sheer fun factor, which is more often the case, then realism necessarily falls to second priority in favor of the excitement and satisfaction of playing the game with wild (even artificial) variables.

So, do you want to train to be a real operator, or do you just wanna get your blast on and shoot stuff up? Both goals are legitimate in their own right. Where you fall on the scale depends on what you want from the game.
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Tom's Hardware: The lack of a fatigue factor, even in fairly realistic first-person shooters, has always bothered me. Most titles allow you to sprint briefly before slowing down to a run, but you’re able to shoot, jump, and then, seconds later, sprint again. Is this something that needs to change in the next generation of games, or would "the real thing" be a total turn-off for a gamer? Realistically, after a dead sprint, can you hit a human-size target at 100 yards?

Craig Sawyer: I can totally understand why developers allow so much sprinting in their games. After all, if you're forced to heed the real limitations of our bodies, the game experience slows down dramatically. Gamers like speed. So, as a result, slowing to more realistic movements would, in many cases, make the game less exciting. We have to consider the fact that the gamer is in no mortal danger. His life and the lives of his teammates are not in actual jeopardy. Without that genuine danger, game creators need to ramp up the speed, keeping the dynamics big and fascinating to outweigh the loss of sensory input of a real life-and-death situation.

Can I hit a target at 100 yards after a dead sprint? Yes! That took a lot of time and effort to develop, and it's not something that all operators are equally good at in real life. So, I wouldn't expect each operator in a game to pull that off each time, either.

Edited by glycerin256 - 11/16/12 at 11:23pm
 
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Interesting read..P.S, You second quote is the same as the tail end of your first quote.
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Awesome read, sounds like a real cool guy.
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Interesting read..P.S, You second quote is the same as the tail end of your first quote.

Thanks for catching that. Fixed!
 
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I've seen several interviews like this before. Although they are a "fun read", they're all the same, just different game.

Also they're filled with much common sense information that anyone who is in contact with reality would realize.
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