A video game for Palestinian-Israeli peace

A video game for Palestinian-Israeli peace

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Maybe if Israelis and Palestinians tried the other guy's side, could be really interesting.

Even more interesting, someday, a massively multiplayer version?

Check out PeaceMaker at Impact Games

PeaceMaker is a video game simulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to promote dialogue and understanding. Unlike most serious games, PeaceMaker aims to bridge the gap between education and entertainment and reach a mass market. It engages global citizens by immersing them in a rich multimedia
environment with a sequence of "what if" scenarios and experiences as seen from the Palestinian and Israeli perspective. PeaceMaker has been featured in media outlets around the world, has won several international awards, and has seen sales in over 60 countries.

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Steven

Looks interesting. Of course its got a lot of assumptions:
* "Winning state is the two state solution." – Some argue that a two state solution is an untenable "separate but equal" situation and not a real solution.
* "The other side wants peace too" – Doesn't appear to be true. Israel for its part much prefers dealing with thugs rather than have to negotiate with the moderates, who pose more of a political threat. It even helped found Hamas for precisely this purpose – to great success.
Palestinians on the other hand continue to be "Palestinians" precisely because they see Israel as a invading European colony (cf. Palmerston, Balfour, etc.) and want it to just go away.
Even with love, peace, and harmony considered, its hard to avoid the basic generalizations.
One, the "you lack complete control of your own side" rule, promises to be an interesting heuristic, (and is probably more true for the Arabs) but without community input as to what the true balances are, its hard to see the game transcending just the basic criticisms.

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