05.19.11

The Navy makes a game about Somali pirate tactics.

The somewhat cleverly titled MMOWGLI makes one rethink the phrase “strategy game.” 

Over 1,000 military and civilians will participate in MMOWGLI to come up with viable tactics for fighting Somali pirates. 

Those participating in MMOWGLI will play as members of the multinational anti-pirate task force, or pirates. In the beginning of the game, the anti-pirate task force will secure shipping passages through the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden by arming ships, figuring out the likelihood of pirate attacks, and negotiating financial and jurisdictional issues in an effort to protect commercial shipping. 

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