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The US Navy Wants Your Game Saves

US invades your old console.

I’ve read this story three times now. I still don’t quite believe it. It seems that the United States Navy is spending $177,237.50 to hire a company called Obscure Technologies.

The contract is to develop hardware and software tools capable of extracting data from videogame consoles and compile a report outlining how they did it and what issues they encountered. Presumably, “invasion of privacy” and “infringement of civil liberties” will be listed fairly high up in the “issues” column.

This project involves furnishing video game systems, both new and used, and creating prototype rigs for capturing data from the video game systems

The official listing for the contract is brazen in its directives. The final destination for the project is with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology.

Apparently, Obscure Technologies were awarded the contract because they’re the only US company that currently purchases used computer equipment and mines it for data.

Source: Threatpost, via the US Navy. Thanks, James Kirk

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27 Comments
  1. PoorPaddy89
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    But… why?

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 11:50.
    • philzy85
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Their americans….. no need for a reason.

      “The contract is to develop hardware and software tools capable of extracting data from videogame consoles and compile a report outlining how they did it and what issues they encountered. ”

      Does the report outline how they extracted the data, or how the player made his way through the game?

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 15:45.
  2. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    So are they looking for my BF3 save to see if I’m the next John Rambo

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 11:55.
    • bigbaldwolf
      Member
      Since: Mar 2012

      Love this. They are hiring marines based on your CoD prestige rank. That would be epic

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:00.
      • gideon1451
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Hiring twelve year olds doesn’t sound like a great idea.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:15.
    • InternationalGamer
      Member
      Since: Dec 2010

      1100 kills with the USMC jets in BF3…
      I think that makes me a more than adequate candidate for the next US Naval Aviator.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 15:02.
  3. gideon1451
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    What?

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 11:55.
  4. Mickey2010
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    That is literally the weirdest thing i have read in a while,why would they want our game saves?

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:00.
  5. McProley
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Good old Uncle Sam. So much for Land of the Free!

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:02.
  6. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Probably best they don’t check saves from nemesis-wonderbra or yogdog. Friendly fire isn’t the most conducive trait to be looking for. Bastards! *rubs back of head from the shotgun pellets from my so-called team-mates* :-)

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:04.
    • McProley
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Well, it is the US afterall. As far as I was aware, they’re pretty good at friendly fire!

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:21.
      • gaffers101
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Beat me by 1 minute lol.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:22.
    • gaffers101
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      This is the USA. If history is anything to go by then friendly-fire could be part of their training programme.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:22.
  7. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Yeah – I have absolutely no idea what the point of this would be.

    Bizarre.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:06.
  8. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    To be fair though, $200k is nothing when the US Defence Budget spends over $1 Trillion.
    Although that doesn’t explain why they want to do that though.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:06.
  9. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Ps4

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:10.
  10. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    *Deletes BF2/3 MW online rankings save file. Formatted the PS3*
    *Puts tinfoil hat on*
    They are not taking me away…….
    Aaaargh……

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:11.
    • gideon1451
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      It’s all stored online, rather than on your console.

      There is no escape.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:17.
      • Crazy_Del
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        *Homer Simpson voice*
        Noooooooooo

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:44.

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