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Alelo wins top serious game award

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Los Angeles-based Alelo Inc. has been recognized at the 2007 Interservice Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference with a top award.

The company's Tactical Iraqi Language and Culture Training System won the top honor for the Serious Games Showcase Challenge category at the annual conference, which promotes "cooperation among the armed services, industry, academia and various government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs," the release said.

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By winning the conference's annual Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, Alelo was recognized for its effective innovative game-based technologies in an effort to improve training for military and civilian personnel among others.

Officials say Alelo's Tactical Iraqi system is part of a family of courses that teach practical spoken and cultural knowledge with applications for a soldier's safety and cultural awareness on a military mission.

The immersive 3-D videogames "simulate real-life communication with socially intelligent virtual humans that recognize trainees' speech, gestures and behavior. If trainees speak and behave correctly, the virtual humans become trustful and cooperative, and provide information that trainees need to advance," the release said.

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