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Going to War: Creating Computer War Games by Jason Darby

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A Brief History of War Games

War games have been around for a very long time and in many different forms. It is perhaps impossible to know when, where, or in exactly what form the earliest of war games might have existed, but it is quite possible that they used counters made of wood or even bone and might have resembled today’s board games. One such game that still survives today is chess. You may not consider chess to be a war game, but think about it; chess is all about making moves, attacking, defending, and surprising the enemy (other player).

War games became an important aspect of military life beginning in the 1800s as the various European countries fought for control of territory. Since then, they have grown from a military battle tool ...

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