Spy Games?

CIA Invests in Games on 1UP has word that the cloak-and-dagger gang is getting into gaming through an investment in Destineer Studios (Close Combat: First to Fight) through a company called In-Q-Tel, "a private venture group funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)." The deal is apparently to develop training aids, and word is:
Estimates on the amount of tax payer money being invested in the Destineer project are unknown. USA Today reports In-Q-Tell was formed in 1999 and receives $40 million to $45 million annually from the CIA. A typical investment for the company reportedly ranges from $1 million to as much as $3 million.
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Jun 18, 2005, 12:35
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Jun 18, 2005, 12:35
 
You can be certain they take their NDA's extremely seriously. Like breach them and be charged with treason.

I don't know. The treason charge really isn't something the US government seems to use much. There's plenty of laws that deal with leaking classified information and especially espionage to lock away even Michael Jackson for a very long time.

Sometimes the people being paid by the CIA don't even know it's the CIA, it's all shadow corporations.

LOL!!! Yeah, Treadstone 71 instantly comes to mind!!

Besides, the American NSA receives a hell of a lot more funding that the CIA does, especially more so after 9/11. And they certainly don't use all that money for their crypto research.

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Re: Stop stealing my tax $
Jun 18, 2005, 00:51
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Re: Stop stealing my tax $ Jun 18, 2005, 00:51
Jun 18, 2005, 00:51
 
LOL. Although technically I don't think they call it terrorism when you're fighting against regular forces that have invaded your country (a la Mujahadeen). But on the upside, you'd never be at a loss for sequel content, what with all the unfortunate bedfellows that the CIA has had over the years.

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Stop stealing my tax $
Jun 17, 2005, 23:57
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Stop stealing my tax $ Jun 17, 2005, 23:57
Jun 17, 2005, 23:57
 
I think I'll make a game for the CIA. It will be a tactical RPG using the Unreal 3 engine, sort of like Jagged Alliance, based around the CIA's funding of Bin Laden and Islamic terrorism during the 1980s. Think they'd be interested in a product like this?

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No subject
Jun 17, 2005, 20:31
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Jun 17, 2005, 20:31
 
Death to Sequels:

really? It's probably true, but I'm not sure about Orwell specifically. He was personally a socialist, and I heard somewhere, once, that they weren't really too popular with the US.

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Re: in the past
Jun 17, 2005, 20:11
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Re: in the past Jun 17, 2005, 20:11
Jun 17, 2005, 20:11
 
Are they going to release this game because I'd love to play it!

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in the past
Jun 17, 2005, 17:46
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in the past Jun 17, 2005, 17:46
Jun 17, 2005, 17:46
 
During the 50s and 60s, the CIA had many intellectuals and artists on their payroll, to reward them for their views, or to buy some influence in their work. George Orwell for example. Also, the animated film "Animal Farm" was a CIA funded project that you can probably rent at your local Blockbuster. See the book "The Cultural Cold War".

I wonder if video games will ever get this secret funding. Sometimes the people being paid by the CIA don't even know it's the CIA, it's all shadow corporations. Haha anyway that's your daily dose of online crankery

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Re: ack
Jun 17, 2005, 16:15
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Re: ack Jun 17, 2005, 16:15
Jun 17, 2005, 16:15
 
You can be certain they take their NDA's extremely seriously. Like breach them and be charged with treason.


"Shit! I've got five terrorists going southeast on Bakalakadaka Street!"
- Joe, Team America
"And then, suddenly and without warning, it turned into a real-life case of hungry, hungry hippos."
- Stephen Colbert
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No subject
Jun 17, 2005, 14:21
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No subject Jun 17, 2005, 14:21
Jun 17, 2005, 14:21
 
I too would LOVE to have this job.

In-Q-Tel exists to invest in ideas and products that could prove useful to the Agency's mission, BTW. There's no conspiracy theories here. Using modern 3D engines as training aids is nothing new; the DoD has been doing it for years. Just look at all the work being done with the OFP engine and the Marine Corps. Or FSW and the Army. I think the Agency is just looking to see if they can leverage it the same way.

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Sweet, sign me up!
Jun 17, 2005, 12:47
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Sweet, sign me up! Jun 17, 2005, 12:47
Jun 17, 2005, 12:47
 
I'd love a job like this! I would work for the CIA if I could.
Consoles are schwag.
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ack
Jun 17, 2005, 12:27
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ack Jun 17, 2005, 12:27
Jun 17, 2005, 12:27
 
man, how paranoid would you be if you were working on this project?
Wonder who might be monitoring the office politics and gossip and emails and IMs and code Version Control? What's that clicking sound on my phone? Anyone heard from Dave lately, no one's seen him since that argument in the hall last week?

and uh, why is the CIA investing in private media companies anyway?
Content Control?

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