Online game helps generate interest in armoured fighting vehicles
World of Tanks is an entertaining online game where players take the controls of different tanks. It can be downloaded and played for free, but additional premium tanks, equipment and special ammunition can be purchased. Now more than ten years old, the game was created by Wargaming, a company based in Belarus, and has millions of players around the world.
I have been playing for around seven years, mainly badly, once, or twice a week.
I decided to build up a garage of British tanks first. In the beginning, you are limited to commanding early World War Two tanks. You fight in two teams of 15 players. Your teammates and the tanks on the enemy opposing side are controlled by real people, not a computer. You usually win by knocking out all the enemy’s tanks or capturing their base. You receive points for team victories and your actions during the game. Once you have enough points, called gold, you can exchange them for a new tank.
Players are transported to a different battlefield, set in one of many locations around the world. You can find yourself driving a tank through hilltop villages in central Italy, across the D-Day beaches of Normandy, marvelling at the summer scenery in the fjords of Norway, defending a North African desert airstrip, steering clear of the swamps and cliffs of Karelia on the Soviet-Finnish border, crashing through houses made of wood and paper in China, or fighting other tanks around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.