Training for work by gaming

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Every day thousands turn to video games for a break from reality.

But they are not all just fun and games, "playing" may also be "training" for a future job.

Playing computer games is not a break from work for Nicholas Herring.

It is work, for the lead programmer at Atlantis Cyberspace. He is just one of the many gamers the island company has hired.

"We're all gamers, but we're all different types of gamers. Some are Xbox fans, others are old school PC gamer fans," said Herring.

All of that previous gaming experience helps as they code and program virtual reality simulators. Ones that incorporate weapons and vehicles with individuals in different settings. High tech tools that are helping in the training of military organizations and others.

"They are potentially usable by fire, police, homeland security, SWAT - the list goes on and on. Anyone who needs to practice something, rehearse something over and over again," said Laurent Scallie, the CEO of Atlantis Cyberspace.

Already the Hawaii National Guard is taking aim at this type of training.

But to make it work and keep it updated, these programmers have to stay on top of their game.

They all come from different backgrounds with different levels of experience, but these programmers have one thing in common -- gaming.

"The gaming background is essential to any hiring on the tech team," said Scallie.

The work here in Hawaii is literally the next step for gamers. It bridges the gaming experience with real life applications, allowing simulators that use body recognition technology, and advanced tools to bring to life the virtual world. Pushing the boundaries of what is possible from a computer and giving gamers a glimpse into what the future of the industry may look like.

Atlantis Cyberspace already has even bigger plans for the upcoming year. Planning to expand in personnel and multi-million dollar projects.