Thursday, August 7, 2014

Arma 3 | Showcase: Vehicles | GlovePIE

Trying out some advanced voice commands on the official ArmA 3 Vehicles Showcase. The video shows how GlovePIE voice commands seamlessly blend with the ArmA 3 game.

How is voice commands useful in this singleplayer showcase?
There are different approaches to accomplishing objectives. Mission starts around 4:50 AM. For purposes of being able to see the surroundings, I moved the time 4 hours forward. I took down a civilian driving a pickup truck with the intention of using his clothes so I can approach the rear end of the camp disguised as a civilian. Armed with a suppressed rifle, I then approached the 2 sentry guards and neutralized them. After which, I switched to a Blufor uniform and grabbed some gear so I can penetrate the Camp Rogain disguised in friendly uniform. Mounted a suppressor to the stolen rifle and took down every single enemy inside the camp then switched to an Officer's uniform and some ammo before stealing the car (MRAP). Objective 1 complete.

I then drove the to the second objective. En route, I encountered soldiers on roadside barricade but they are no match to the MRAPs main weapon. I then moved further to the next camp and blew off several MRAPs to accomplish the second objective.

Then I was given a side objective to sabotage the communications tower which I gladly complied. Finally, exfiltratation. I drove near the coastline to met an ally. It was foggy so I removed the fog. A motor boat was available to take us out of the battlefield.

You see, voice commands / voice control in Arma 3 is not limited to commanding AI troops or squad members. Its also about conveniently controlling the player character and the game itself.

The convenience of voice commands in Arma 3:
  • No interaction with scroll action menu or function keys
  • No interaction with player's inventory
  • No keybindings
  • No radio triggers

Featured commands for...
1. Time and weather manipulation - Add 4 hours, Remove fog
I prefer to play in daytime, the blues and greens are pleasing to the eyes. 

2. Stealing civilian clothes or enemy uniform - Steal uniform
Perfect for covert operations where you sneak in, blend with enemy units and do stuff without getting noticed. Its your own little war, no rules


3. Weapon suppressor attachment - Add 5 5 6 suppresor
Why interact with the inventory when you can just say the command for attaching weapon suppressor? No doubt, easier that way.

Below is a Showcase: Vehicles gameplay (without voice commands) from another YouTube uploader.

So, why consider GlovePIE?
Aside from the fact that you can use GlovePIE for free and fully customize your PIE script to your own liking, voice commands / voice recognition / voice control in ArmA 3 using GlovePIE and voice_com addon can accomplish a lot of wonderful things. Things you can do with this setup can be summarized into two categories:

(1) BASIC commands for player (yourself) or squad (AIs, NPCs)

- Commands like change view, kneel, stand up, go prone, open watch, open map, assign team, mount vehicle, disembark, engage target, open fire, hold fire, watch direction, copy stance, etcetera.

- Of course, those basic commands above can also be programmed in other 3rd-party voice recognition softwares like PiLfluS, Shoot, VAC or Windows Speech Recognition Macros. A walk in the park task.

- What happens here is that GlovePIE translates your voice command/s to the corresponding key bindings. For instance, when you say "squad", GlovePIE would press for you the "~" key (tilde key) which by default would select all members of your squad.

- Another example is when you say "two" "three" "return to formation", GlovePIE would press in consecutive order the following keys: F2  F3  1  1. Those examples are dependent on the default game key bindings. GlovePIE clicks them for you when you issue a command. The voice commands can be programmed to your own liking. So, instead of saying "squad", you could use "all" or "guys listen up" or whatever phrase you desire and the end result would still press key "~".

Check this link for the write-up and video about how basic GlovePIE voice commands in Arma 3 work.

For a list of Arma 3 key assignments, check out this link. Thanks to alpha-kilo.

Here's a video from Royal Gamers UK demonstrating squad commands in Arma 3 using GlovePIE:

Reddit discussion:

(2) ADVANCED commands for player (yourself) or squad (AIs, NPCs), and for the game!

- Adding or removing your own/your squad member's rifle attachments such as optics, flashlight and suppressors, adding or removing clothes/ uniforms, commands for player or squad invincibility, adding (spawning) any weapon, ammo, vehicle, item in ArmA 3 or from ArmA 2 (thru AiA), time and weather manipulation, calling artillery strikes, moving to specific map location, etc.

- Now, this is something unique since there is no in-game menu or dialog interaction involved, no keyboard shortcuts pressed. Just use your voice. To each his own. This setup is not dependent on injectors, cheat menu or hack menu found elsewhere on the internet.


If you need a Glock, then just say "add Glock"
Want a AMV-7 Marshall? Just say "add Marshall"
Need a ARCO optics for your rifle? Just say "add A R C O"
To add 2 hours to current time, just say "add two hours"
To call artillery strike at designated map location, just say "artillery"
To order your squad to fire at specific target, just point and say "target that"

... and so on and so forth.

Very easy to use. I haven't seen a video on YouTube using similar approach. I could be wrong though.

Status quo
Arma 3 does not have native support for voice recognition. Wish Bohemia Interactive devs integrated some sort of voice recognition feature in Arma 3 for us who love to say what we want in game.

Of course, not all commands of the advanced category like weapon and vehicle spawning, calling for artillery or nuke strike, weather and time manipulation can be added to the proposed feature but I think adding voice recognition support for basic AI/squad commands is plausible. I believe that it adds realistic immersion to the already awesome game that is Arma 3. One could just say 'Soldier two, get in that chopper as gunner ' instead of pressing the equivalent key bindings.

Wishful thinking? Who knows, the devs might give it a go. Vote up!

Files featured here are for personal use only. Video shared on YouTube just so you know something like this exists. Videos or it never happened! If you need my script, kindly check the video/ link at the lowermost section of this write-up.

Thanks for dropping by. Voice commands and Arma 3 rocks!


ArmA 3

GlovePIE 0.45 Free (page 1, main download page)

GlovePIE Basic Script on Armaholic (with GlovePIE 0.45 Free executable)

How To Use GlovePIE Voice Commands in Arma 3