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Staff Sgt. Nathan Jones, right, drives a simulated vehicle during a training session last month on the computer-based Virtual Battlespace 2 program at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. MPR Photo | Jeffrey Thompson

Video games to train soldiers for war

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CAMP RIPLEY – There’s nothing new about a roomful of guys playing videogames. But at the National Guard’s Camp Ripley in central Minnesota, one video game could have life or death consequences.

Minnesota National Guard officers are using simulators to train troops in very real and potentially deadly skills – from shooting to driving to combat.

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