War games are as ancient, varied and complex as war itself. Across centuries and around the world, military planners have developed games to meet challenges and hone tactics. At the same time, contemporary and historic conflicts have shaped many of the games we play at home, from chess to online multiplayer battles.
In this expansive introduction to war gaming, find out how games — from tabletop battlefields to digital simulations — have been used to train military personnel. Explore the connections between military conflicts and popular games. And read thought-provoking perspectives from professional gamers, researchers, designers and veterans.