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October 21, 2009

For quite a few years now, I've driven by this one corner building out in the south part of town, glanced and the sign, and told myself I should really try to find out who "Intelligence Gaming, Inc." is. I mean, I like games and I certainly like intelligent games.

Sadly, today when I finally remembered to Google the organization, I found that they're a part of the (pardon the cliché) industrial-military complex. While also doing business under other names, they make no secret of their business. They list themselves boldly under a Defense Contractor SIC code.*

That's not really the kind of "serious games" I was thinking about.

An interview with the founder talks about flight training simulators, formulating battle strategies, and in some unspecified fashion, "intelligence."

Poking around more deeply, I see that their recent name-change could be more than just a cosmetic re-branding. On their new website, the front page speaks boldly of "preventing national security incidents." And their product descriptions, while cagey are easily interpreted.

Anyone else remember that Star Trek episode where those two countries/planets thought they'd "civilized" warfare by making it unnecessary to actually (pay for, and) send soldiers out to fight?

I dunno. Maybe reading about Atlantis is a better use of my lunch break.


* While they admit to annual revenues of up to a million and four or fewer employees, Dunn & Bradstreet estimates $5.5 million and 20 people respectively. As always, these contradictions intrigue me.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:48 PM



On the Atlantis thing, I'm of the opinion now -- and of course I'm an expert on these things -- that Atlantis was always a myth (there's only one source, a known fabulist) and trying to match up any real remains or history to the myth is just a waste of time.

But it makes great headlines, and what they've found is genuinely interesting.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at October 21, 2009 08:31 PM

Oh, I feel the same way about Atlantis, except that I think it's like most myths. Cobbled-together bits of half-understood, long-ago events. I don'[t think the entire story is fabricated.

But the search, as you point out, is unveiling some fascinating things.

Posted by: Anne at October 22, 2009 08:30 AM