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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.

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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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