I could hardly believe it when I saw it, but when I looked again it was still there: a videogame for finding peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict. ImpactGames is developing PeaceMaker, an interactive PC strategy game intended to find ways toward a peaceful resolution between the warring sides. From the website: PeaceMaker is currently transitioning from a project at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center into the first commercial title of ImpactGames... Video games are a revolutionary medium for entertainment and education. They transport players to new places and allow them to explore, experiment, and learn at their own pace. In the past, many games have dealt with conquest, war, and destruction. PeaceMaker, however, is a game for the future– a game which will teach the player that peace and cohabitation, not war and annihilation, are the real strategies worth fighting for.
While this seems more suitable for a classroom environment, I am very excited to see how this game will appeal to PC players. It is a departure from World of Warcraft, perhaps even a necessary one!
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