Navy using Kinect game to address sexual assault

New technology from Organic Motion Inc. will allow US Navy recruits to act out "scripted scenarios" to deal with "sensitive" topics like sexual assault.

A new Kinect-based video game that aims to address sexual assault within the military is in production for the United States Navy, according to a new report at CNS News.

The Naval Supply Systems Command is giving $83,000 to developer Organic Motion Inc. to produce the software, which will allow sailors to act out "scripted scenarios."

The program is called "Avatar Based Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training." Sexual assault in the military has become a hot-button issue of late, with victims reporting difficulty pursuing justice in the military chain of command.

“The system shall allow a subject matter expert to determine the appropriate response to both verbal and non-verbal cues so that the student receives improved feedback regarding their actions,” the contract reads. “It shall also provide the ability to change characters (gender, race) and environments facilitating greater student engagement.”

In a statement sent to CNS News, Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, a commander with the Naval Training Command, said the avatar-based program will "dramatically improve" overall quality of training to instructors and students.

"The pilot [program] is intended to show that avatar technology can help leaders recognize emotional distress and build mentorship and counseling skills when dealing with sensitive topics, like sexual assault," he said. "Because our people are the foundation of our success in the Navy, strong interpersonal skills are fundamental to our profession."

The pilot program will be used at the Navy's boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois over the course of a three-month period.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

324 comments
Fursnake
Fursnake

Kinect: "Show me where he touched you."

Female soldier hesitatingly uses Kinect to point out sexual abuse.

Kinect: "Ohhhhhh-h--h-h-h-h- yeaaaahh-h-h-h-h-h baby, that's hot!"

steelmouth
steelmouth

I  was expecting something cooler given that pics of a boat doing doughnuts

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

if MS and Organic Motion want to make money than this simulator will be translated later into a sex game for general public, That will be strange because then youtube will get so many hits when people will make a walk through of the actual game it will be like XXX :)

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

If you need to teach the people that are working for you that rape is wrong, and hurts the person you're doing it to, I don't think they can be rehabilitated, once a rapist always a rapist, that's not even my own quote, that's from a psychologist. Maybe a lifetime in jail will help them, there they can rape as much as they like, until they become a prison bitch, and have to drag. That's the right way.

halo-freak
halo-freak

Soldiers cant tell right from wrong? that's a bit of a concern.

vadagar1
vadagar1

this topic has made me realize that 

a- I watch way to much XXX stuff

b- when some one mentions navy or military i think about XXX "topics"

c- I'm probably a sex addict 

d- I need therapy :D :P

dpak1170
dpak1170

LOL, this is stupid .....

Simply stupiddd....

God damn stupid....

tunaface
tunaface

lawyer -  "Touch the avatar where he touched you, little Jimmy".

little Jimmy - *waves hand trying to point with the shitty kinect*   "I can't do it!"

lawyer - "Because you're lying, little Jimmy!"

little Jimmy - "NO! I'm not lying! The kinect isn't working!"    *sobbing*

kinect - *streams little Jimmy's crying episode to youtube which causes little Jimmy to start using heroin to help deal with the pain.

The End



And this boys and girls, is the end of civilization as we know it.

robert83a2
robert83a2

First there was Clinton Fucker...

now there is Kinnect Navy Fucker...

what is next....

I'm scared mommy

imnotacrook
imnotacrook

I knew that "someone" was going to be making a X-rated Kinect games, but this was last place I expected them.

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

navy would laugh at the xboxone, navy has technology that would make xboxone look like a damn calculator made in the 1800's, this article i nonsense.

AndrewII
AndrewII

The american government is flat broke and this is what they want me to pay more taxes for this?

chechak7
chechak7

it's matter of time Kinect will use sexual games..spoiling games brain   ...for bad sake 

Revl8n
Revl8n

Glad to see the Navy is taking rape so seriously.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

i wonder if the military acutally considered kinect or M$ bribed them to use it 


Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Wow if you need and Xbox to teach soldiers that sexual assault is bad then there is something seriously wrong with the military....

pmamba45
pmamba45

Kinect is just probing every desperate avenue to justify it's relevance of value from looking too expensive. Soon Kinect will find highly technological extraterrestrial life and the price of new technology. Only then will it claim that it's scene of worth in Xbox One is generously worth £429.99.

Scarab83
Scarab83

Recruits shouldn't need "scripted scenarios" using a video game to understand when something is sexual assault and something isn't.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

I wan't it so I can act out some sex moves 

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

are people actually trolling around because the navy found another use for kinect?

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

Why don't they just separate the Navy, Army, etc by sex? It worked in WW2.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

Boy, am I surprised how this hit a nerve.  Sorry for the dissertation as I make my coffee...

For the record, never served but hold the armed forces in the highest regard.  My front-lines are teaching kids in the inner city and video games provide a great commonality in our different worlds.  Very surprised by this article.

Kind of sad that armed/trained individuals that take an oath to serve and protect the constitution and defend the people and ideals of the US have to be humiliated and "taught" via a video game to treat one another in a professional, absolutely fundamental right-and-wrong manner.  Anyone who wouldn't already do this without being trained how by the govt. probably shouldn't be wearing the uniform anyways, but thats a completely different post in and of itself.

There are bad apples everywhere, and these are horrible issues in any population of society, but I really feel genuinely bad for anyone having to be degraded (on either side of the gender equation) for being subjected to something like this.  I know I would feel horribly offended being made to do this in a day and age where that term is far too overused.  Sad that these issues are not dealt with within your chain of command in a more effective manner, apparently.  It seems to me that if common sense, much less laws, were observed, much of this becomes a moot point....but again....different post.

Still the best Military in the world.  You guys and gals really are heroes to those that can sleep well at night because you serve.  If this is what my taxes are being spent on, I hope some good comes out of it for those that apparently need it.

Jmalk
Jmalk

Player 1 has dropped the soap, player 2 it's your move.

jark888
jark888

Gaming technology will do much more useful things in the future.

adward22
adward22

xboxone use to spy on terrorist ...........^_^ figure when to expect for terrirists playing xbox oh they playing call of duty trying how to hold AK47 in their real life..dont y agree with me ithink it will makes courage of terrorst will rise and attack us with devastating tactics wars in future ^_^

adward22
adward22

i  tell you what if next t gen has camera just remove it  or play offline mode i always play offline games  :)

OldKye
OldKye

The Boat is the test if you had said "I came cause I saw a boat going in circles" you would have failed.

Your Doughnuts reference just shows a healthy addiction to sweets.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@tunaface LOL !!!!!!!!!!!! you made my night mate !!, haven't had a good laugh in agesss

innocent69
innocent69

@robert83a2 this Navy "game" is planed as a trilogy. It has the same feature as Mass Effect where your (bad) choices are carried over to the next installment  :)

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@quickshooterMk2 

Or how about looking at the actual facts and not the lies posted by Eddie? This "program" has absolutely NOTHING to do with Kinect or Microsoft (other than it is running on a Windows machine more than likely). The software in question will use Organic Motion's LIVE technology which is already in use for combat situational training _ NOT KINECT. Nowhere in the referenced press release is ANYTHING ever mentioned about Kinect. So the question remains - who put up the incorrect information first (Eddie/Gamespot or Kokatu) and who did the paste and copy job without fact-chaecking. Both are pathetic and in no way deserving og the title "journalist". 

ScndSethex
ScndSethex

@pmamba45 When I went through Basic Training they used a Kinect, along with some lasers, to scan my body and figure out the size of my uniform. When I went to have it tailored they had to take in the chest by half.

Vienreich
Vienreich

@sadscooterpipe We don't need the military. If some countries stop invading others and stealing their resources we don't need no god damn military. "Heroes" my arse. They are fighting rich mens war and you call them heroes. How the fuck can murderers and bombers be called heroes is beyond me. The richest governments in the world puts huge chunk of peoples money to protect what they have stolen. Fuck the military, and fuck your glorification of this medieval oppression tool called military. 

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

@adward22 agree with what? I can't understand that incoherent mess of a statement.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

@Vienreich Bleak view my friend, but as was famously said "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men [and women] do nothing"

Now be off before I round up the pitchforks and torches!  : )

It is still a volunteer Military and they do deserve some respect, do they not?

ScndSethex
ScndSethex

@Vienreich Commissioned US military research invented GPS, the internet, and made modern passenger aircraft possible.  So yes you do need the military. Ignorance of what something does for you doesn't mean you get nothing from it.

@sadscooterpipe 

The sad truth is there's no test for integrity. There are some things that are hard to discern when you're taking hundreds of applicants a week. I'm in the Air Force and my graduation (every week, 50 weeks a year) was just short of 800 Airmen. But the real issue is that when it costs almost a million dollars to get an Airmen through their first year of training, you can't just start kicking them until there's actually an incident. So the "bad apples" stick around until they get a DUI, sexually harass someone or get in a fight with a civilian. I think Kinect is as dumb as the rest of us, but it's better than the current solution of something like 30 hours of briefings a year on sexual assault/harassment.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@Vienreich @sadscooterpipe  

that's not all true. the military doesn't just consist of a bunch of bullet hosers that carry out the bidding of old white men overseas. a lot of us genuinely want to make a difference, and many also operate in support roles (physicians, engineers, logistics, reserves, etc) and want nothing more than to serve and do our part in life.

that being said, it's not all false, and some of my army buddies and i have grown disillusioned with the US foreign policy and use of military interventions. the thought of us med students having signed on to patch up our buddies in the infantry just to send them back to their deaths at the whim of dumbass politicians is infuriating.

but the point is, we're not all trigger happy pawns. and we're definitely not all single-minded drones.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

@stan_boyd @adward22 i used a "children's english dictionary "and he was trying

 to say the kinect "finds" terrorists that play video games (shooters especially) to see if they are playing for the sole purpose of trying to learn how to use a gun (aim,reload etc..) 

the last sentence was unreadable, even with the "children's dictionary" 

ScndSethex
ScndSethex

@sadscooterpipe  The real trolls are the pacifists, the nationalists and the wannabe terrorists. People on Gamespot are for the most part none of these things. Try looking up any video relating to drone or gunship strikes on Youtube and reading those comments. Nothing more upsetting than reading a post by an American teenager claiming the military is made up of failures who couldn't cut it in society, and having to come to terms with the fact that protecting him from harm is your job and you can't judge him/her without failing in your job.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

@ScndSethex Well said.  I just really feel for you guys (and ladies) with your heads on straight.  Good luck and God Bless....and thank you!

(Don't worry about the trolls either!)

Vienreich
Vienreich

@ScndSethex @Vienreich @sadscooterpipeI hear you. My point was however, that the military itself is an outdated idea, only there to protect rich nations stolen wealth. The very idea of a military will not exist in the future world. It's a tool of oppression and conquest, and I like to think that the future world, after a few catastrophes, will realize that it needs to move on from these medieval ideas and reach singularity, where no nation conquers another. 

Singularity is the future. No military, no colonial powers. 
Watch this btw, very very interesting idea of the challenges we face as a species. 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tripD00-9zU

tigress666
tigress666

@blue_shift_91 This is a lot more balanced view on the military than either the totally pro support the soldiers and if you say anything bad about the war or what we are fighting you are obviously not supporting hte soldiers and the idiots like who you responded to who can't understand that the soldiers didn't necessarily sign up for what the government ends up using them for and many do have good intentions and in a way they are just as much victims of the government's choices as well.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@AndrewII @blue_shift_91 

you are actually correct, and it works out pretty well for most troops.

however, i get the feeling that you (along with half of the country right now) are confusing socialism with Marxism. correct me if i am wrong.

AndrewII
AndrewII

@blue_shift_91  

 believe it or not, but the american military is the biggest socialist  program on the entire earth.