H4H, Hols4H, Sgt S and all the rest... Gizzits for you

BrunoNoMedals

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#1
Re. my post near the bottom of p2 here:

JCOVE Lite is, as mentioned in the linked thread, a freebie from the MOD. It was originally done as something to aid recruitment, where we could dish out DVDs at the recruiting offices to give kids a "taste of battle" or whatever. One of the core features we asked for was a modifiable menu and splash screen where anyone could create their own "version" of the installation and DVD with some basic HTML and images to put their own Service, Unit, whatever logos, info and links in before they redistributed it. The idea being that an Army recruiting office in London could use Army pics, link to the local units and provide specific recruiting details ready to hand out to the local kids - but a RAF office in the North could put different details down.

There will be a download available once the "development" version (i.e. with tweakable front end) is finished.

I'm currently in talks with the developers regarding the conditions around the use of this splash screen, and hoping to determine if it can be used by charitable organisations. With any luck I'll be able to get it so we can have some freebie DVDs with all the H4H, Hols4H, Sgt Slingsby etc. details attached to the game. If they say yes you should all be able to reproduce these yourselves and give them away for nothing (maybe a small donation ;) ) with all the details on how to contribute more, and all attached to what will hopefully be a popular computer game. Not a bad way of generating interest, support and donations, I reckon!

If any of your charitable leader-types (MDN, blue-sophist, the COs, etc.) want some more info just let me know - I'll keep you updated.
 
#3
Where's meridian when you need him? I've sent him an email, because he understands this sort of stuff. I just talk to Teddy Bears :roll:

Thanks for the PM Bruno - much appreciated. :wink:
 
#4
Was it meridian who had the Slingsby screen savers ?? I need one for work.
 
#7
meridian said:
Quick update, just got back in from a few days away.

Will catch up and get back.....
You mean you were having a quick Barclays? :D Don't worry, that's the excuse I always use too.

MsG
 
#8
meridian said:
Quick update, just got back in from a few days away.

Will catch up and get back.....
Mate, you had a thread of screen savers a while back, any chance of a link to it ?? :D
 
#10
Might as well post in most of what I sent to Dozy, minus a couple of the possible PERSEC-breakers:

From the top: an Australian company called BIA made a computer game called Armed Assault - successful and dead popular with military-types because it was very realistic. One day they decided to move into the military market properly, and made a version of the game that was more useful for training, since you could do some pretty realistic convoys, section assaults, urban ops, etc. This "serious game" was called VBS, Virtual Battlespace.

UK MOD has been using VBS2 (the sequel) for a couple of years now, in a project called JCOVE. A few months ago, the Army's recruitment guys asked if we could get a "smaller" version of VBS2 to hand out to potential recruits for them to play with, giving them a more realistic view of combat than most computer games on the market. BIA agreed, and produced JCOVE Lite. It's not got all the cool s*** you'd get with VBS2 proper, or even Armed Assault, but it's still a playable computer game in its own right - and it's totally free.

Lite is now officially released, and soon you'll be able to download it off t'Internet for nothing. The downloadable version will allow people to add their own website-style front page to the game on the "splash screen" (which is where most games would show intro movies for the developer's and publisher's logos, etc.), so that whoever wants to distribute it can customise the intro to suit their own needs. Recruitment centres can put contact and joining details in it, for instance, so when the kiddies start playing the game they can see who to talk to and what to do to join up.

I was thinking that, assuming it's ok with BIA and MOD, Forces charities could become a distributor and customise their version of the intro screen to show pictures of the charity in action, and provide details (web links, etc.) on how to donate. The game would be free to copy and distribute, and I doubt there'd be an issue with asking for token donations to do so. Basically, the charity could start selling a MOD-sponsored military-based computer game, and all it would cost them is DVD copying costs and postage.
Is that a bit clearer? I do tend to waffle... :D
 
#11
#12
Bit of good news; this "configurable front-end" is MOD-owned to do with as we please. The National Army Museum is already on board to distribute their own version, so you'll be able to go down there and pick up a free computer game plastered with NAM marketing. I mentioned H4H, etc., to the Major in our team and he said, and I quote:

"That's a bloody good idea, I hadn't thought of that."

So it looks like this could be very much feasible. Still got to get buy-in from the bosses, and I'm sure some form of MOD bureaucracy will mean paperwork up to a 3* somewhere along the line, but I'll see what I can do.
 
#13
BrunoNoMedals said:
Bit of good news; this "configurable front-end" is MOD-owned to do with as we please. The National Army Museum is already on board to distribute their own version, so you'll be able to go down there and pick up a free computer game plastered with NAM marketing. I mentioned H4H, etc., to the Major in our team and he said, and I quote:

"That's a bloody good idea, I hadn't thought of that."

So it looks like this could be very much feasible. Still got to get buy-in from the bosses, and I'm sure some form of MOD bureaucracy will mean paperwork up to a 3* somewhere along the line, but I'll see what I can do.
You are a very very nice man! :D
 
#14
Gremlin said:
BrunoNoMedals said:
Bit of good news; this "configurable front-end" is MOD-owned to do with as we please. The National Army Museum is already on board to distribute their own version, so you'll be able to go down there and pick up a free computer game plastered with NAM marketing. I mentioned H4H, etc., to the Major in our team and he said, and I quote:

"That's a bloody good idea, I hadn't thought of that."

So it looks like this could be very much feasible. Still got to get buy-in from the bosses, and I'm sure some form of MOD bureaucracy will mean paperwork up to a 3* somewhere along the line, but I'll see what I can do.
You are a very very nice man! :D
Heh, cheers :D Really, though, I'm one of about five people playing this game worldwide (since you can't download it yet) and I'm just ensuring I've got plenty of other people to play against ;)

It's a freebie that I think can be exploited quite well for charity. If all it takes on my part if a bit of banter with the bosses and some paperwork then it's got to be a better karma boost than wearing my tri-colour wristband!
 

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