Gaming the conflict.

Danish firm to release computer game based on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By The Associated Press, taken from Haaretz 10.22.06

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has played out on the world stage for decades. Next year the conflict is also scheduled to play out on computer screens in people’s homes.

Ah, yes. It was only a matter of time. Psst – I said game theory in that other post, not computer game!

“Global Conflicts: Palestine” is part of a trend of politically inspired video games that are part entertainment, part political science lesson.

Entertainment? From a decades-long war? I suppose this is the 21st century.

“The purpose is to give them something more a than the occasional sound bite.”

Right… give them a chance to remake the news?

The plot puts the player in the shoes of a young journalist who navigates the streets of a city that resembles Jerusalem, seeking out Palestinian and Israeli sources for an assignment, Egenfeldt-Nielsen said. At the start of the mission, the player can choose to be pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, or neutral.

“The idea is of course that you can play one mission from one perspective and then play it again from another,”

Ah, so we can recreate history too! I know many who will love this game.

Scheduled for release in March 2007, “Global Conflicts: Palestine” is meant for both private and educational use and is packaged with supporting tools for educators, including an encyclopedia and teachers manual.

Makes me feel slightly better.

It’s all interesting, I guess. Definitely creative. Truthfully, I can’t judge till I see it…

…much like the conflict itself.






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