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Gaming With An Opponent Who's 'Over There'? 40

Thanks to the New York Times for their article discussing the US military's efforts to connect overseas personnel and their families via Xbox Live. This story, which expands on previous coverage of the scheme, notes: "For family members, playing video games with their relatives in the military stationed abroad brings a sense of familiarity to the interaction", and a spokesperson for Xbox Live is quoted as saying: "We're out there making sure that things are working for them... there's nothing better than having a person who can actually experience connecting to Germany or from Kuwait back with his family member or one of their best friends. It's great because they become wonderful advocates for Xbox."
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Gaming With An Opponent Who's 'Over There'?

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  • XBox? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Cave Dweller (470644) on Thursday January 15, 2004 @08:33AM (#7984223)
    Umm, I don't see how playing Halo against your family can replace simply talking to them on the phone (or better, video conferencing -- which would be cheaper than mass-ordering XBoxes).

    But then again, what do I know?
  • Re:XBox? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dark Nexus (172808) on Thursday January 15, 2004 @08:48AM (#7984309)
    Replace? I don't think it can.

    But it can add variety. I mean, talk on the phone with them one day, play a game with them the next day.

    Think about what any gamer will do with an old friend they haven't seen in awhile. They'll talk for a bit, then sit down and play *insert current game closest to what you used to play with that friend* with (or against) them (though probably continue chatting while doing it).

    It just adds another level of interaction that can be nice when you're already able to talk to them on the phone. I mean, there's only so much catching up and small talk you can do.
  • hah.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Suppafly (179830) <slashdot@s[ ]afly.net ['upp' in gap]> on Thursday January 15, 2004 @08:08PM (#7992668)
    So you get to kill your loved in iraq using your xbox just days before finding out they were really killed in iraq

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