Intel technologies game: IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces

So... Are you a skilled IT Manager? Or, did you ever wondered if you're fit to the job?

Intel has released a new game: IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces.
It is a promotional game, sure, but a very cool one. From the user guide:

In IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces, you play the IT manager of a small company with global ambitions. Part of your job is ensuring that everybody’s desktop PCs, laptops and servers keep running smoothly. A huge number of things can – and will – go wrong. There are dozens of different software and hardware faults to tackle. Sometimes these are easy to repair; sometimes they aren't.


Using a collection of technologies (cooling, security, mobility, multi-core machines) you have to keep the servers running and the people working. Some skills are locked at the beginning, but experience gives you opportunity to add them to your arsenal.
The problems users face range from virus attacks or slow computers to broken disks or strange beeps. And the problems you face range from simultaneous support requests to spam in your inbox.

Unseen Forces
IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces


One nice thing is that your game can be saved in order to continue in later sessions, and another nice thing are the quizzes like "what is the TCP port used for TLS connection with Intel AMT?" (cheating hint: 16993 ;)).

Link to the game: IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces.

 

This is not the first game that includes Intel AMT as a 'weapon' :). In 2005, Intel Crime Scene game was released (see review by Ajay). Unfortunately, the Crime Scene game is disconnected for some reason (the disconnection happened a few months ago, as I played it with my wife recently) :( - I guess after 3.5 years it was out of date :).

 

Update: ITM3:UF was upgraded and include now more options!
See for this link more info.

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Shmuel Gershon (Intel)'s picture

Hey, all of you with problems in the game -- the game was upgraded to a newer version (see link: http://origin-software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/06/06/new-options-in-it-manager-3-unseen-forces/).

Please try again, the problems that got you stuck may be fixed now :).

Shmuel Gershon (Intel)'s picture

Lea Jones,
Can you try to fill a support request at the link I posted in my previous comment:
Unfortunately I can't help with this technical problems :(.

http://supportmail.intel.com/scripts-emf/welcome.aspx?id= .
(Select Programs and Services / Web Services / Intel Software Network / Report a problem, as the product area)
Maybe it would be useful if you included your player name in the request, so they can try to track the problem.

Anyway, according to the numbers in the leaderboard, it seems like a big number of people are able to play, and pass, this stage. Good luck!

leajones's picture

I have the same problem as adam, no offices just a black screen with green lines on it. I cant even train. help!!!

Shmuel Gershon (Intel)'s picture

Adam, try to explore a bit more of the environment, maybe there are other floors or places?
Other players were able to go far beyond the 2nd city.

On the other hand, it might be a glitch in the game functioning.
If you believe this is the case, you can fill a support request at http://supportmail.intel.com/scripts-emf/welcome.aspx?id= . Maybe it would be useful if you included your player name in the request, so they can try to track the problem.

(Select Programs and Services / Web Services / Intel Software Network / Report a problem, as the product area)

Thanks for playing and participating!

anonymous's picture

All I can do in city 2 is train myself and staff members - no offices! Level 1 worked just fine

Shmuel Gershon (Intel)'s picture

Ibrahim, that's actually a good idea. Not only the game would develop into a geeky 'Sims', but there could be tasks such as "explaining to mom what your work is". :)

Sincerely I think it is hard that anyone would insert features in the game... :)
But you got me curious -- I'll try to discover who developed the game, maybe he can write about the process and the decisions they took.

anonymous's picture

Hey, it's me again :)

I have an idea about ITM^3. I have about three million intel money. Why I can't spend this money for a car, a yacht, a house, a horse or why I can't have a girlfriend. We always working and working and all game is passing between 9:00 and 18:00. Maybe a new time interval between 18:00 and 22:00 and we can find something for enjoying ourselves and we can buy something new.

Is it possible?

anonymous's picture

What did I say?

"Anyway, nice game, nice company. And thanks Shmuel Gerson for answering me."

You ask one question and take answers more than one. Because of this, Intel is a 1st. Absolutely satisfyingly.

By the way Mr Gershon, sorry for my English grammar faults. You know, I have learnt English in a school but I have learnet speaking English by Lost, Prison Break, Supernatural, Heroes, 4400 :). Now I discovered the other one: speaking with Intel's IT employees (Don't worry, it's a joke :) )

Thanks for everything, especially consumer support.

Shmuel Gershon (Intel)'s picture

Wow, 100th in the world is a nice rank.

The game do becomes more exciting with time. And you are right when you say that the game immitates much of what happens in a real IT environment. Except, maybe, for the fact that you can play it while drinking your own tasty coffe from your home :).

Although you still had a lot to go (the leader in the high scores has got more than 800000 points), I understand that when one is done with the missions, one may get bored and move on to another game -- hey the same happenned to me after I finished the GTA SA missions ;).

Stay tuned, Intel has a lot of gaming things going on.
This year's game development contest is already running at: http://software.intel.com/en-us/contests/levelup2009/contests.php
2008 winners (with downloads!) are at: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/spotlight-on-the-2008-intel-game-demo-contest-winners/
And 2007 winners (with downloads!) are at: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-game-demo-contest-winners/

There you go -- plenty of games to play, now it'll be hard to get bored :)

anonymous's picture

I was 34th in my country and between 100th and 140th in the world a few days ago. That was very exciting, I had 152000 points and 2500000 intel money, all the technologies was opened and all IT personnels was educated, I can't open only three medals. Now I'm not playing because I can't go another office. There is no changing, there is no exciting :) so I said my previous message, I bored and I gave up the game.

But thanks to Intel, this game almost like an IT teacher's life in Turkey. You can fixed everything but nobody thanks to you and nobody satisfied with your job. This is incredible. So I can say this game like my family too. May be it is the reason that I gave up the game. Because my life is too boring when I am in my workplace.

Anyway, nice game, nice company. And thanks Shmuel Gerson for answering me.

Have e good day...

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