If you like pretending to be ‘Psycho’, the aggressive, volatile and heavily armed star of a violent shoot-em-up computer game, you are clearly the right stuff for Britain’s weapons of mass destruction.
The government’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston in Berkshire is advertising for a “virtual reality specialist” to use “serious gaming” to help train nuclear weapons scientists. One of the qualifications required is experience of computer games with good graphics like Crysis, the job advert says.
Crysis, marketed by the California-based company Electronic Arts, is a “first person shooter” game in which players become part of an elite group of US soldiers on a mission to an island in the South China Sea. They rapidly become embroiled in a bloody battle with North Koreans, and then monsters from outer space.
Players have access to a daunting arsenal of deadly high-tech weapons, and wear a futuristic “nano suit” to make them more lethal. In the latest version, Crysis Warhead, they help Sergeant ‘Psycho’ Sykes, find “unique and all-new environments they can explore and blow up”, according to a blurb for the game.